2011 Toyota
Highlander SE
vs. 2012 Volvo
XC90 3.2

2012 Volvo XC90 3.2

10.0

starting from

$39,275

Reasons to buy the Volvo XC90 3.2

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.9"
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Rear air conditioning
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2011 Toyota Highlander SE

10.0

starting from

$34,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander SE

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Good cargo space
95.4 ft3
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Average power
270 HP @ 6,200 RPM
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Sporty performance
15.0 lb/hp
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
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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
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • People mover
  • Both have lots of cargo room
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the XC90 3.2's satellite radio; in the Highlander SE, too, but it'll cost
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 10.0

Cost

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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MSRP $34,660 vs $39,275 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 16 mpg The Highlander SE has OK city mileage, while the XC90 3.2 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The XC90 3.2's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Highlander SE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The XC90 3.2's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Highlander SE's is very short

Luxury Features

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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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

Safety Features

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 4 The Highlander SE has a good number of airbags, but the XC90 3.2 does not (missing Knee, Rear Curtain)
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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

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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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

Performance

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,400 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The XC90 3.2 has more gears and the Highlander SE is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 19.8 lb/hp The Highlander SE is a sporty car, but the XC90 3.2 is sluggish
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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 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 85.1 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 59.3 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 The Highlander SE has roomy front seats and the XC90 3.2 is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,755 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Highlander SE's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the XC90 3.2
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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 Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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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 XC90 3.2's satellite radio; in the Highlander SE, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the XC90 3.2; but it's not available at all on the Highlander SE

Road Tests

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.4 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 114 mph vs Unknown

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 SE 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Highlander SE vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Toyota Highlander 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Highlander vs Forester 2.5X
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2012 Volvo XC60 T6 XC90 3.2 vs XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2012 Volvo XC70 T6 XC90 3.2 vs XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i XC90 3.2 vs X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Honda Pilot EX XC90 3.2 vs Pilot EX
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 XC90 3.2 vs GL550

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