2011 Toyota
4Runner SR5
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander SE

2011 Toyota Highlander SE

10.0

starting from

$34,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander SE

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Moon roof
Standard
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Good cargo space
95.4 ft3
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Spacious front seats
59.3 ft3
2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5

9.6

Runner-up

Toyota 4Runner SR5

starting from

$31,115

Reasons to buy the Toyota 4Runner SR5

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
9.0"
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Good range on the highway
529 miles
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Good range in the city
391 miles
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Average-sized back seats
42.5 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Highlander SE's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Highlander SE
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Highlander SE's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 4Runner SR5
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 4Runner SR5
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 59.3 ft3 vs 54.8 ft3
  • Room for around 10% more stuff, 95.4 ft3 vs 89.7 ft3
Road Tests 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Winner: 4Runner SR5
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  • The 4Runner SR5 hits 60mph more than 10% faster, 7.1 seconds vs 8.0 seconds
  • Almost the same, 15.9 s @ 87 mph vs 16.4 s @ 87 mph
  • Almost the same, 138 ft vs 139 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Like your tunes? In the Highlander SE, you can upgrade to satellite radio
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Winner: 4Runner SR5
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  • The best price we've seen is $3,545 cheaper (more than 10% less), $31,115 vs $34,660
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Toyota
4Runner SR5
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Highlander SE's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the Highlander SE's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 4Runner SR5
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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 SE

Practicality

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Highlander SE
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4Runner SR5
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 89.7 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 59.3 ft3 vs 54.8 ft3 The Highlander SE has roomy front seats and the 4Runner SR5 is OK
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Base payload capacity 1755 lb vs 1700 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 Not Available The Highlander SE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 4Runner SR5
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Cupholders 10 vs 10 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Toyota
4Runner SR5
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 7.1 seconds The 4Runner SR5 has a good 0-60 time, but the Highlander SE is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 138 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.4 s @ 87 mph vs 15.9 s @ 87 mph The 4Runner SR5's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Highlander SE's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.73 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 114 mph vs 112 mph Both have a very low top speed

Entertainment System

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Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
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4Runner SR5
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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Highlander SE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 4Runner SR5 does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Highlander SE, you can upgrade to 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 SE
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4Runner SR5
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MSRP $34,660 vs $31,115 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 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

Safety Features

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Highlander SE
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4Runner SR5
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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 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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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

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Toyota
4Runner SR5
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 270 HP @ 5,600 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the Highlander SE's semi-automatic transmission and the 4Runner SR5's Automatic 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 15.0 lb/hp vs 16.3 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-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 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

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Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Toyota
4Runner SR5
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the 4Runner SR5
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

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2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited 2011 Lexus GX 460 Premium 4Runner Limited vs GX 460 Premium
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4Runner Limited vs Sequoia Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 2011 Honda Pilot EX 4Runner SR5 vs Pilot EX
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4Runner Trail vs Tahoe LT
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited 2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X 4Runner Limited vs Xterra PRO-4X
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 Limited 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Highlander Limited vs Sequoia Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander 2011 Acura MDX Highlander vs MDX

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