2011 Cadillac
SRX
vs. 2011 Ford
Explorer XLT

2011 Cadillac SRX

10.0

starting from

$42,415

Reasons to buy the Cadillac SRX

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Moon roof
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
2011 Ford Explorer XLT

9.6

Runner-up

Ford Explorer XLT

starting from

$32,345

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer XLT

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Average cargo space
80.7 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Average power
290 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Cadillac SRX Winner: SRX
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  • The SRX has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • More gears
Road Tests - vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

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SRX
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2011 Ford Explorer XLT Ford
Explorer 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

Entertainment System

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Ford Explorer XLT Ford
Explorer XLT
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The SRX has more speakers, but the Explorer XLT has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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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 Explorer XLT, you can upgrade to 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 Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Cost

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SRX
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2011 Ford Explorer XLT Ford
Explorer XLT
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MSRP $42,415 vs $32,345 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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 Explorer 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 Explorer XLT's is very short

Safety Features

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Ford Explorer XLT Ford
Explorer 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 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 None

Crash Test Ratings

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Ford Explorer XLT Ford
Explorer XLT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Ford Explorer XLT Ford
Explorer XLT
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Horsepower 265 HP @ 6,950 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The SRX '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 16.6 lb/hp vs Unknown
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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 Unknown

Road Tests

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Ford Explorer XLT Ford
Explorer XLT
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0-60 mph 8.6 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 135 ft The SRX has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Explorer XLT is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.9 s @ 85 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 0.82 g vs 0.77 g The SRX has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Explorer XLT
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
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Explorer XLT
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Explorer XLT has lots of passenger seats, but the SRX has very few
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Cargo space 61.1 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 The Explorer XLT has OK cargo room, while the SRX has very little
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front seats 55.2 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 The Explorer XLT has roomy front seats and the SRX is OK
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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 Explorer XLT's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the SRX
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Explorer XLT has an OK number of cupholders while the SRX has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Cadillac SRX 2011 Acura RDX SRX vs RDX
2011 Cadillac SRX 2011 GMC Terrain SLT SRX vs Terrain SLT
2011 Cadillac SRX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ SRX vs Traverse LTZ
2011 Cadillac SRX 2012 GMC Acadia Denali SRX vs Acadia Denali
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 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Explorer vs Range Rover Sport HSE
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Explorer vs Equinox LT
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Ford Expedition XL Explorer vs Expedition XL

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