2011 Toyota
Highlander SE
vs. 2011 Toyota
RAV4 Limited

2011 Toyota Highlander SE

9.8

starting from

$33,505

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander SE

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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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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Comparable towing weight
1,554 lb
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited

9.4

starting from

$26,275

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4 Limited

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Average-sized back seats
48.7 ft3
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Navigation system
Optional
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.4
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Highlander SE
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • The RAV4 Limited's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.2 lb/hp vs 21.1 lb/hp
  • The RAV4 Limited needs more than 10% less space to turn, 34.8 ft vs 38.7 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Room for more than 30% more stuff, 95.4 ft3 vs 73.0 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 59.3 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3
  • The Highlander SE can carry around 60% more weight, 1,554 lb vs 991 lb
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • Gets 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 20 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $7,230 cheaper (more than 20% less), $26,275 vs $33,505
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
Entertainment System 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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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 Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Highlander SE's power seats; not available on the RAV4 Limited
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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

Performance

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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Horsepower 187 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The Highlander SE has more gears, but the RAV4 Limited has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the Highlander SE's semi-automatic transmission and the RAV4 Limited'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 21.1 lb/hp vs 19.2 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 73.0 ft3 The Highlander SE has lots of cargo room and the RAV4 Limited is pretty good
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front seats 59.3 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 The Highlander SE has roomy front seats and the RAV4 Limited is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,554 lb vs 991 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 Optional The RAV4 Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Highlander SE
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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

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 5 The Highlander SE has a good number of airbags, but the RAV4 Limited 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

Cost

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
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MSRP $33,505 vs $26,275 The RAV4 Limited has a great price and the Highlander SE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 22 mpg The RAV4 Limited has great city mileage and the Highlander SE 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

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Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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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

Entertainment System

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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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 Highlander SE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the RAV4 Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the RAV4 Limited, 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

Road Tests

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Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 10.0 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 130 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 17.5 s s @ 82.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Ford Edge Limited RAV4 Limited vs Edge Limited
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2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 RAV4 Limited vs RX 350
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