2011 Toyota
Highlander SE
vs. 2011 Toyota
Land Cruiser

2011 Toyota Land Cruiser

9.7

starting from

$69,730

Reasons to buy the Toyota Land Cruiser

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Quite powerful
381 HP @ 5,600 RPM
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.9"
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Passenger power seats
Standard
2011 Toyota Highlander SE

9.5

starting from

$36,110

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander SE

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Good cargo space
95.4 ft3
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Very inexpensive
$36,110
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Better suspension
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Average city fuel efficiency
17 mpg
Entertainment System 7.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Winner: Land Cruiser
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  • The Land Cruiser has 8 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 14 vs 6
  • The Land Cruiser 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The best price we've seen is $33,620 cheaper (around 50% less), $36,110 vs $69,730
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 13 mpg
Safety Features 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Winner: Land Cruiser
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  • The Land Cruiser has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 7 vs 6
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Winner: Land Cruiser
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  • More than 40% more powerful, 381 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM
  • The Land Cruiser has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • Almost the same, 15.1 lb/hp vs 15.8 lb/hp
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Room for around 20% more stuff, 95.4 ft3 vs 81.7 ft3
  • Almost the same, 59.3 ft3 vs 58.0 ft3
  • The Highlander SE can carry more than 10% more weight, 1,734 lb vs 1,510 lb
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.5 vs 9.7

Entertainment System

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Highlander SE
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Land Cruiser
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Number of speakers 6 vs 14 The Land Cruiser has an extraordinary amount of speakers, but the Highlander SE has very few
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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 Land Cruiser does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Land Cruiser 's satellite radio; in the Highlander SE, too, but it'll cost
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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 Yes The Land Cruiser has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Land Cruiser ; but it's not available at all on the Highlander SE

Cost

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Highlander SE
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MSRP $36,110 vs $69,730 The Highlander SE has a reasonable price, while the Land Cruiser is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 13 mpg The Highlander SE has OK city mileage, while the Land Cruiser is very inefficient
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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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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 7 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 SafetyConnect

Performance

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Highlander SE
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Land Cruiser
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 381 HP @ 5,600 RPM The Land Cruiser is very powerful, while the Highlander SE is only of average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Land Cruiser has more gears and the Highlander SE is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Highlander SE's semi-automatic transmission is rare 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 15.8 lb/hp vs 15.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.7 ft vs 38.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Highlander SE
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Passengers 7 vs 8 People mover
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 81.7 ft3 The Highlander SE has lots of cargo room and the Land Cruiser is pretty good
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front seats 59.3 ft3 vs 58.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1,734 lb vs 1,510 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 12 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Land Cruiser is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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Highlander SE
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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Highlander SE
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Land Cruiser
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Highlander SE
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 7.3 seconds The Land Cruiser has a good 0-60 time, but the Highlander SE is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 140 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.4 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 15.7 s s @ 92.0 mph mph The Land Cruiser '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 Unknown
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Top speed 114 mph vs Unknown

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