2011 Toyota Highlander vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Highlander is a large crossover with some super-sized competition.

If passenger space is a priority, consider the slightly more roomy Chevrolet Traverse.

The Honda Pilot is another option, and it feels more engaging--but the interior is the lowest-quality Honda cabin we've seen.

If you're never likely to venture off-road, there’s the Mazda CX-9, a nimble crossover with some DNA in common with the Ford Flex, the most taste-driven choice in the class.

2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid2011 Toyota Highlander
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2011 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4-door LS Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Traverse
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2011 Ford Flex Titanium2011 Ford Flex
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2011 Honda Pilot 4WD 4-door Touring w/RES & Navi Angular Front Exterior View2011 Honda Pilot
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Quick Specs
The very family-friendly Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid impress us with their space and versatility, but show no sign of enthusiasm.
The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse isn’t fun to drive, but it’s one of the best large crossover wagons for transporting the family comfortably and safely.
A singular look, along with top-shelf turbo power and features, earns the 2011 Ford Flex our top score among utility vehicles.
If you can get past the garish grille and overwrought look, the 2011 Honda Pilot is a fine family vehicle, with minivan-like interior space and decent performance.
The 2011 Mazda CX-9 can carry seven in comfort, but it loves curves more than almost any other roomy crossover.
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Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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FWD 4-Door L4 Base (Natl)FWD 4-Door LS4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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