2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2011 Ford
Explorer Limited

2011 Buick Enclave CXL

10.0

starting from

$41,790

Reasons to buy the Buick Enclave CXL

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Good cargo space
115.0 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Ford Explorer Limited

9.2

starting from

$38,360

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Limited

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Good highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Power outlets
Standard
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OK braking distance from 60mph
135 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.9
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Rock on in the Enclave CXL; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Explorer Limited
  • The Enclave CXL's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The Enclave CXL's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.2

Entertainment System

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Number of speakers 10 vs 12 The Explorer Limited has more speakers and the Enclave CXL is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Enclave CXL's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Explorer Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Enclave CXL; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Explorer Limited
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Explorer Limited's satellite radio; in the Enclave CXL, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Enclave CXL can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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 Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Cost

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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MSRP $41,790 vs $38,360 The Explorer Limited has a great price and the Enclave CXL is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 17 mpg The Explorer Limited has great city mileage and the Enclave CXL is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Enclave CXL's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Explorer Limited is OK, too
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Enclave CXL's basic warranty is long lasting and the Explorer Limited is OK, too

Safety Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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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 OnStar vs MyFord

Luxury Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a 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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 135 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs 16.2 s @ 89 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.77 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Horsepower 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The Explorer Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Enclave CXL
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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 17.3 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Enclave CXL has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Passengers 8 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 115.0 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 The Enclave CXL has lots of cargo room, but the Explorer Limited has very little
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1479 lb vs Unknown
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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 Optional vs Standard The Explorer Limited's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the Enclave CXL
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 8 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Enclave CXL vs Traverse LTZ
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Cadillac SRX Enclave CXL vs SRX
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Enclave CXL vs Santa Fe Limited
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Enclave CXL vs Acadia SLE
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Enclave CXL vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Explorer Limited vs Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Ford Edge Limited Explorer vs Edge Limited
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Ford Expedition XL Explorer vs Expedition XL
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Explorer vs Range Rover Sport HSE
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Explorer vs Equinox LT

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