2011 Lexus
RX 350
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander Limited

2011 Toyota Highlander Limited

9.8

starting from

$36,405

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander Limited

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Good cargo space
95.4 ft3
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Comparable towing weight
1545 lb
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.1"
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Has 3 rows of seats
2011 Lexus RX 350

9.6

Runner-up

Lexus RX 350

starting from

$39,950
"User-friendly multifunction controller."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's controls
"Energetic acceleration."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's performance

Reasons to buy the Lexus RX 350

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Average-sized back seats
46.6 ft3
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More airbags
7
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited Winner: Highlander Limited
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Highlander Limited's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Highlander Limited
Road Tests 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • Almost the same, 15.7 s @ 90 mph vs 16.4 s @ 87 mph
  • The RX 350 hits 60mph around 10% faster, 7.3 seconds vs 8.0 seconds
  • Almost the same, 136 ft vs 139 ft
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the RX 350 is particularly good (including Rear Side)
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have lots of cargo room
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
  • Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Toyota
Highlander Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Highlander Limited's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Highlander Limited

Road Tests

Toyota
Highlander Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 7.3 seconds The RX 350 has a good 0-60 time, but the Highlander Limited is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 136 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.4 s @ 87 mph vs 15.7 s @ 90 mph The RX 350's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Highlander Limited's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.74 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 114 mph vs 112 mph Both have a very low top speed

Cost

Toyota
Highlander Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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MSRP $36,405 vs $39,950 The Highlander Limited has a reasonable price, while the RX 350 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The RX 350's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Highlander Limited's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The RX 350's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Highlander Limited's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Highlander Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Safety Features

Toyota
Highlander Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 7 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the RX 350 is particularly good (including Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Toyota
Highlander Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 275 HP @ 6,200 RPM The RX 350 is fairly powerful, but the Highlander Limited is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The RX 350 has more gears and the Highlander Limited is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.8 lb/hp vs 15.2 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.7 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
Highlander Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The Highlander Limited has lots of passenger seats and the RX 350 is OK, too
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 80.3 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 59.3 ft3 vs 56.6 ft3 The Highlander Limited has roomy front seats and the RX 350 is OK
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Base payload capacity 1545 lb vs 825 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Toyota
Highlander Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota Venza RX 350 vs Venza
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2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Highlander SE vs 4Runner SR5
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Highlander SE vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE Highlander SE vs Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Highlander vs Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander 2011 Acura MDX Highlander vs MDX

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