2011 Subaru
Outback 3.6R
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander

2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R

9.8

starting from

$28,920

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 3.6R

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Sporty performance
13.8 lb/hp
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Average-sized back seats
48.2 ft3
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
2011 Toyota Highlander

9.8

starting from

$28,900

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander

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Power locks
Standard
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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More passenger seats
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Performance 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Winner: Outback 3.6R
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  • The Outback 3.6R comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Highlander
  • The Outback 3.6R's power-to-weight ratio is more than 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.8 lb/hp vs 21.1 lb/hp
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander Winner: Highlander
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  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • The Highlander has 2 more cupholders, 10 vs 8
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 60.6 ft3 vs 57.2 ft3
Safety Features 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander Winner: Highlander
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  • The Highlander has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander Winner: Highlander
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  • The Highlander has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.8

Performance

Subaru
Outback 3.6R
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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Horsepower 256 HP @ 6,600 RPM vs 187 HP @ 5,800 RPM The Outback 3.6R is of average power, but the Highlander is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Highlander 's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The Outback 3.6R comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Highlander
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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 13.8 lb/hp vs 21.1 lb/hp The Outback 3.6R is a sporty car, but the Highlander is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Outback 3.6R has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 38.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Subaru
Outback 3.6R
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Highlander has lots of passenger seats and the Outback 3.6R is OK, too
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Highway driving range 463 miles vs 480 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 95.4 ft3 The Highlander has lots of cargo room and the Outback 3.6R is pretty good
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3 The Highlander has roomy front seats and the Outback 3.6R is OK
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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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roof rails Standard vs Optional Active lifestyle? The Outback 3.6R's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 10 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Highlander is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Subaru
Outback 3.6R
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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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 5 vs 6 The Highlander has a good number of airbags, but the Outback 3.6R is just OK (missing 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

Entertainment System

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Outback 3.6R
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 The Highlander has an OK number of speakers, while the Outback 3.6R 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

Subaru
Outback 3.6R
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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MSRP $28,920 vs $28,900 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Subaru
Outback 3.6R
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 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

Subaru
Outback 3.6R
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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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

Subaru
Outback 3.6R
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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0-60 mph 7.5 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 131 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 90 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 142 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2012 Ford Escape XLS Outback 2.5i vs Escape XLS
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Highlander SE vs 4Runner SR5
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Highlander Limited vs Sequoia Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE Highlander SE vs Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Highlander SE vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Highlander vs Forester 2.5X

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