2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander

2011 Toyota Highlander

9.8

starting from

$28,900

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander

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Good cargo space
95.4 ft3
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Has 3 rows of seats
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More airbags
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

9.4

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
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Average-sized back seats
49.4 ft3
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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
Practicality 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Toyota Highlander Winner: Highlander
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  • Room for around 3x more stuff, 95.4 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • The Highlander has 4 more cupholders, 10 vs 6
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Toyota Highlander Winner: Highlander
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  • The Highlander has 2 more airbags (including Rear Curtain, Knee), 6 vs 4
Performance 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • The Forester 2.5X's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.1 lb/hp vs 21.1 lb/hp
  • The Forester 2.5X needs more than 10% less space to turn, 34.4 ft vs 38.7 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota Highlander Winner: Highlander
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  • The Highlander has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Cost 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • The best price we've seen is $7,680 cheaper (around 30% less), $21,220 vs $28,900
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 20 mpg
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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Road Tests - vs 10.0
Missing information
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Practicality

Toyota
Highlander
2011 Toyota Highlander
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The Highlander has lots of passenger seats and the Forester 2.5X is OK, too
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3 The Highlander has lots of cargo room, but the Forester 2.5X has very little
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front seats 60.6 ft3 vs 58.2 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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Base payload capacity 1,554 lb vs 1,230 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs 6 The Highlander has a good number of cupholders, but the Forester 2.5X is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Toyota
Highlander
2011 Toyota Highlander
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 4 The Highlander has a good number of airbags, but the Forester 2.5X does not (missing Rear Curtain, Knee)
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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
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Horsepower 187 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Highlander has more gears and the Forester 2.5X is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the Highlander 's semi-automatic transmission and the Forester 2.5X's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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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 21.1 lb/hp vs 19.1 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Forester 2.5X has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.7 ft vs 34.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Highlander
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 The Highlander has an OK number of speakers, while the Forester 2.5X has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

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Highlander
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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MSRP $28,900 vs $21,220 The Forester 2.5X has a great price and the Highlander is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 21 mpg The Forester 2.5X has great city mileage and the Highlander is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Highlander
2011 Toyota Highlander
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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

Luxury Features

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Highlander
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

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Highlander
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 9.1 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 134 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 17.0 s s @ 82.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.81 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Forester 2.5X vs Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Forester 2.5X vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Subaru Tribeca Touring Forester 2.5X vs Tribeca Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Nissan Murano LE Forester 2.5X vs Murano LE
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 SE 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Highlander SE vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Highlander Limited vs Sequoia Limited

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Long Doan Long Doan (10:23 PM, May 13, 2014)
Subaru Forester have 7 airbags not 4, so the Forester won the safety test. Also the Subaru Forester is the only SUV, beside its siblings, to pass the IIHS small overlap test. The Forester can tow 1500 pound not about 1200. The Forester either have 6-gears transmission of CVT. And the Subaru Forester 2.5X have 250-hp not 170-hp. Both the Highlander and the Subaru come with Premium Radio. The Highlander also come with a 260-hp V6, too. The Highlander have a 27/28 mpg for their hybrid and 22/25 mpg for their base model. The Forester have a 24/32 mpg. Both have a sun roof/moon roof and leather seats, but it's optional.