2011 Toyota
Highlander SE
vs. 2011 Toyota
Sienna XLE

2011 Toyota Sienna XLE

10.0

starting from

$33,785

Reasons to buy the Toyota Sienna XLE

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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Good cargo space
150.0 ft3
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Spacious back seats
49.2 ft3
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
2011 Toyota Highlander SE

9.8

starting from

$34,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander SE

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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Better suspension
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
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Sporty performance
15.0 lb/hp
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE Winner: Sienna XLE
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  • Room for around 60% more stuff, 150.0 ft3 vs 95.4 ft3
  • The Sienna XLE has 2 more cupholders, 12 vs 10
  • Room for 1 more person, 8 vs 7
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE Winner: Sienna XLE
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  • The Sienna XLE has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
  • Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
  • Fewer speakers
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Road Tests 10.0 vs 10.0
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Practicality

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Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Passengers 8 vs 7 The Sienna XLE has lots of passenger seats and the Highlander SE is OK, too
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Highway driving range 480 miles vs 461 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 150.0 ft3 vs 95.4 ft3 The Sienna XLE has lots of cargo room and the Highlander SE is pretty good
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front seats 59.6 ft3 vs 59.3 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 Standard Both come standard with roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 12 vs 10 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Sienna XLE is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

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

Cost

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Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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MSRP $33,785 vs $34,660 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 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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Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
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 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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Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Horsepower 266 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Highlander SE's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find 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 16.9 lb/hp vs 15.0 lb/hp The Highlander SE is a sporty car, while the Sienna XLE is just average
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Drivetrain type front-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 36.9 ft vs 38.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include 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

Luxury Features

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Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
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

Road Tests

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Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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0-60 mph 8.8 seconds vs 8.0 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 139 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.8 s s @ 88.0 mph mph vs 16.4 s s @ 87.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.74 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 115 mph vs 114 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

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2011 Toyota Highlander 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Highlander vs Forester 2.5X
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Highlander Limited vs Sequoia Limited
2011 Toyota Sienna 2011 Honda Odyssey EX Sienna vs Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Sienna 2012 Kia Sedona LX Sienna vs Sedona LX
2011 Toyota Sienna 2011 Honda Pilot EX Sienna vs Pilot EX
2011 Toyota Sienna 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Sienna vs Sequoia Limited
2011 Toyota Sienna 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Sienna vs Traverse LS

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