2011 Toyota
Corolla LE
vs. 2011 Toyota
RAV4

2011 Toyota RAV4

9.8

starting from

$24,685

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4

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OK brakes
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Less safe for passengers in the rear in side collisions
3 stars
2011 Toyota Corolla LE

9.8

starting from

$18,360

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla LE

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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
Practicality 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Winner: RAV4
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the RAV4
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • Room for around 6x more stuff, 73.0 ft3 vs 12.3 ft3
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Toyota Corolla LE Winner: Corolla LE
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  • The Corolla LE has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Winner: RAV4
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  • Four-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, four-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Around 40% more powerful, 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • The RAV4 's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.5 lb/hp vs 21.2 lb/hp
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Corolla LE Winner: Corolla LE
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  • The Corolla LE's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Corolla LE Winner: Corolla LE
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $6,325 cheaper (around 30% less), $18,360 vs $24,685
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
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 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.8 vs 9.8

Practicality

Toyota
Corolla LE
2011 Toyota Corolla LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Toyota
RAV4
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The RAV4 has lots of passenger seats and the Corolla LE is OK, too
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Highway driving range 449 miles vs 429 miles The Corolla LE has OK highway range, but the RAV4 is very limited
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Cargo space 12.3 ft3 vs 73.0 ft3 The RAV4 has OK cargo room, while the Corolla LE has very little
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 The RAV4 has average-sized front seats, while the Corolla LE is very cramped
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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 Not Available vs Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the RAV4
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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 RAV4 is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Corolla LE
2011 Toyota Corolla LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Toyota
RAV4
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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 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the RAV4
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Performance

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Corolla LE
2011 Toyota Corolla LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Toyota
RAV4
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 4 Fewer gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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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 21.2 lb/hp vs 19.5 lb/hp Both RAV4 and Corolla LE are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The RAV4 's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Corolla LE is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 34.8 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Entertainment System

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Corolla LE
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RAV4
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Corolla LE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the RAV4 does not
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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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Corolla LE
2011 Toyota Corolla LE
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RAV4
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MSRP $18,360 vs $24,685 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 21 mpg The Corolla LE has great city mileage and the RAV4 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

Safety Features

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Corolla LE
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RAV4
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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 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The RAV4 has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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

Luxury Features

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Corolla LE
2011 Toyota Corolla LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Toyota
RAV4
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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

Toyota
Corolla LE
2011 Toyota Corolla LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Toyota
RAV4
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0-60 mph 9.9 seconds vs 10.0 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 130 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 17.6 s @ 81 mph vs 17.5 s @ 82 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.76 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

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