2011 Toyota
Highlander SE
vs. 2011 Toyota
Venza

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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Has 3 rows of seats
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More passenger seats
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Roof rails
Standard
2011 Toyota Venza

9.7

Runner-up

Toyota Venza

starting from

$29,710

Reasons to buy the Toyota Venza

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Spacious back seats
52.5 ft3
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
15.3 s @ 92 mph
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Passenger power seats
Optional
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
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
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? The Highlander SE's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Venza cannot be configured with them at any price
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 59.3 ft3 vs 55.3 ft3
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Venza Winner: Venza
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Venza ; but it's not available at all on the Highlander SE
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Venza Winner: Venza
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  • The Venza has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • Almost the same, 14.4 lb/hp vs 15.0 lb/hp
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Venza Winner: Venza
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  • The best price we've seen is $4,950 cheaper (more than 10% less), $29,710 vs $34,660
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 18 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 9.8 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

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Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Venza Toyota
Venza
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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 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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Highlander SE

Practicality

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Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Venza Toyota
Venza
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The Highlander SE has lots of passenger seats and the Venza is OK, too
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Highway driving range 461 miles vs 460 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 70.1 ft3 The Highlander SE has lots of cargo room and the Venza is pretty good
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front seats 59.3 ft3 vs 55.3 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 Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Highlander SE's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Venza cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs 10 Both have an absurd number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Highlander SE
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Venza
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of 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 Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Venza ; but it's not available at all on the Highlander SE

Performance

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota Venza Toyota
Venza
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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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 15.0 lb/hp vs 14.4 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-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 39.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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Highlander SE
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MSRP $34,660 vs $29,710 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 19 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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2011 Toyota Venza Toyota
Venza
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota Venza Toyota
Venza
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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 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

Road Tests

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Highlander SE
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2011 Toyota Venza Toyota
Venza
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 6.9 seconds The Venza has a good 0-60 time, but the Highlander SE is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 137 ft The Venza 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Highlander SE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.4 s @ 87 mph vs 15.3 s @ 92 mph The Venza '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 112 mph Both have a very low top speed

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Highlander SE vs 4Runner SR5
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 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Highlander vs Forester 2.5X
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L Venza vs Accord Crosstour EX-L
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Venza vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Toyota Camry SE Venza vs Camry SE
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Toyota RAV4 Venza vs RAV4
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Lexus RX 350 Venza vs RX 350

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