2011 Cadillac
SRX
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape XLT

2011 Cadillac SRX

9.8

starting from

$42,415

Reasons to buy the Cadillac SRX

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Average power
265 HP @ 6,950 RPM
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OK brakes
Disc
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Good braking distance from 60mph
126 ft
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
2012 Ford Escape XLT

9.2

Runner-up

Ford Escape XLT

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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Power outlets
Standard
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$25,495
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Cadillac SRX Winner: SRX
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the SRX 's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the SRX
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Escape XLT Winner: Escape XLT
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  • The best price we've seen is $16,920 cheaper (around 40% less), $25,495 vs $42,415
  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
Performance - vs -
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  • More gears
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the SRX '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 SRX

Cost

Cadillac
SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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MSRP $42,415 vs $25,495 The Escape XLT has a great price, but the SRX is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 21 mpg The Escape XLT has great city mileage and the SRX is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The SRX 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Escape XLT's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The SRX 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Escape XLT's is very short

Performance

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Horsepower 265 HP @ 6,950 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM The SRX is of average power, but the Escape XLT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the SRX 's semi-automatic transmission and the Escape XLT's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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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 16.6 lb/hp vs 19.3 lb/hp The SRX has OK performance while the Escape XLT gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The SRX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 36.7 ft

Road Tests

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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0-60 mph 8.6 seconds vs 10.7 seconds The SRX 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape XLT is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 147 ft The SRX has above average braking ability, but the Escape XLT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.9 s @ 85 mph vs 18.1 s @ 81 mph The SRX 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Escape XLT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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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 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The SRX has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
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Escape XLT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Escape XLT
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 2 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Practicality

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SRX
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 61.1 ft3 vs 66.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.2 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 3500 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 Not Available vs Standard The Escape XLT's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the SRX
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The SRX offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Escape XLT
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
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Escape XLT
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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Escape XLT, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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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 Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Cadillac SRX 2011 GMC Terrain SLE SRX vs Terrain SLE
2011 Cadillac SRX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS SRX vs Traverse LS
2011 Cadillac SRX 2012 GMC Acadia SLE SRX vs Acadia SLE
2011 Cadillac SRX 2011 Ford Edge SEL SRX vs Edge SEL
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
2012 Ford Escape XLS 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Escape XLS vs Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Escape XLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2012 Ford Flex SE Escape XLT vs Flex SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Mazda Tribute i Grand Touring Escape XLT vs Tribute i Grand Touring

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