2011 Cadillac
SRX
vs. 2011 Ford
Explorer Limited

2011 Cadillac SRX

10.0

starting from

$42,415

Reasons to buy the Cadillac SRX

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Has auxiliary audio input
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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AM/FM stereo
Standard
2011 Ford Explorer Limited

9.2

starting from

$38,360

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Limited

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Average cargo space
80.7 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
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Paddle shifters
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Has 3 rows of seats
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
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  • Rock on in the SRX ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Explorer Limited
  • The SRX 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Cadillac SRX Winner: SRX
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the SRX 's standard sun roof
Cost 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Cadillac SRX Winner: SRX
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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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  • More gears
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.2

Entertainment System

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Number of speakers 10 vs 12 Both have more speakers, but the Explorer Limited in particular has a large number
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the SRX ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Explorer Limited
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Explorer Limited's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The SRX 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

Luxury Features

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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MSRP $42,415 vs $38,360 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 Limited'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 Limited's is very short

Safety Features

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
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

Crash Test Ratings

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
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 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 Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 Standard The Explorer Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the SRX
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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 Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 Limited 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 Limited
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Explorer Limited 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 Limited 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 Limited 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 Limited'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 8 The Explorer Limited has a good number of cupholders, but the SRX does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Cadillac SRX 2011 Ford Explorer XLT SRX vs Explorer XLT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Explorer Limited vs Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Explorer vs Range Rover Sport HSE

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