2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LT
vs. 2011 Ford
Explorer

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

10.0

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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Fantastic range on the highway
602 miles
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Good range in the city
414 miles
2011 Ford Explorer

9.4

Runner-up

Ford Explorer

starting from

$29,185

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer

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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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Average 0-60 time
7.9 seconds
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Has 3 rows of seats
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Equinox LT
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • The Equinox LT's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Equinox LT; but it's not available at all on the Explorer
Cost 10.0 vs 9.5
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 $4,215 cheaper (more than 10% less), $24,970 vs $29,185
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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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

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Equinox LT
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2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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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 Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Equinox LT

Entertainment System

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Equinox LT
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2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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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 does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Equinox LT; but it's not available at all on the Explorer

Cost

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Equinox LT
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Explorer
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MSRP $24,970 vs $29,185 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 17 mpg The Equinox LT has great city mileage and the Explorer 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

Safety Features

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Equinox LT
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2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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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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Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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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 Ford
Explorer
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Explorer 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 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 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 Ford
Explorer
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Explorer 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 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 has roomy front seats, but the Equinox LT is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1190 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 Not Available The Equinox LT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Explorer
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Cupholders 8 vs 6 The Equinox LT has a good number of cupholders, but the Explorer is just OK
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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 Ford
Explorer
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Explorer '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 @ 80 mph vs 16.2 s @ 89 mph The Explorer '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

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Equinox LT vs Traverse LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Equinox LT vs Outback 2.5i Premium
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Nissan Rogue S Krom Edition Equinox LT vs Rogue S Krom Edition
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2011 Ford Edge SEL Equinox LS vs Edge SEL
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS Equinox LS vs Malibu LS
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 Ford Expedition XL Explorer vs Expedition XL
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Explorer vs Grand Caravan Passenger Crew

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