2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LT
vs. 2011 Ford
Explorer Limited

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

9.9

starting from

$24,970

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LT

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Fantastic range on the highway
602 miles
2011 Ford Explorer Limited

9.4

starting from

$38,360

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Limited

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Average power
290 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Average cargo space
80.7 ft3
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Average 0-60 time
7.9 seconds
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Almost the same
  • The Equinox LT's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The Equinox LT's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $13,390 cheaper (more than 30% less), $24,970 vs $38,360
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Winner: Explorer Limited
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Explorer Limited
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • More gears
  • Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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Equinox LT
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2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Number of speakers 6 vs 12 The Explorer Limited has an extraordinary amount of speakers, but the Equinox LT has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Equinox LT'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 Equinox LT; 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 Equinox LT 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

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Equinox LT
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2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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MSRP $24,970 vs $38,360 The Equinox LT has a great price and the Explorer Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 17 mpg The Equinox LT has great city mileage and the Explorer Limited is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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Equinox LT
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2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
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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 Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Explorer Limited

Safety Features

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Equinox LT
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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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Equinox LT
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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 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Equinox LT
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2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Explorer Limited is of average power, but the Equinox LT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in 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 Equinox LT
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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 20.8 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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Equinox LT
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2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Explorer Limited has lots of passenger seats, but the Equinox LT has very few
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Cargo space 63.7 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 The Explorer Limited has OK cargo room, while the Equinox LT has very little
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 The Explorer Limited has roomy front seats, but the Equinox LT is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,190 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 Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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Equinox LT
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2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Explorer Limited's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Equinox LT is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs 135 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 18.0 s s @ 80.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 89.0 mph mph The Explorer Limited's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Equinox LT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.77 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Equinox LT vs Acadia SLE
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Equinox LT vs Rogue SV
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Equinox LT vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2011 Ford Edge SEL Equinox LS vs Edge SEL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch Explorer Limited vs Expedition King Ranch
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Explorer Limited vs Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2012 Lincoln MKT Explorer Limited vs MKT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Ford Edge SEL Explorer Limited vs Edge SEL
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Explorer vs Range Rover Sport HSE

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