2011 Chevrolet
Tahoe LT
vs. 2011 Ford
Explorer Limited

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

9.8

starting from

$46,630

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Tahoe LT

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Average cargo space
108.9 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
9.1"
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Has auxiliary audio input
2011 Ford Explorer Limited

9.3

starting from

$38,360

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Limited

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Better suspension
Independent
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Good highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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OK braking distance from 60mph
135 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Winner: Tahoe LT
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  • Almost the same
  • The Tahoe LT's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Tahoe LT's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Cost 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Winner: Explorer Limited
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,270 cheaper (around 20% less), $38,360 vs $46,630
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 15 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have power outlets
Overall 9.8 vs 9.3

Entertainment System

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Number of speakers 9 vs 12 The Explorer Limited has more speakers and the Tahoe LT is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Tahoe 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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe LT can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Tahoe LT has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Cost

Chevrolet
Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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MSRP $46,630 vs $38,360 The Explorer Limited has a great price and the Tahoe LT is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 17 mpg The Explorer Limited has great city mileage and the Tahoe LT is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
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

Luxury Features

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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0-60 mph 8.4 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 144 ft vs 135 ft The Explorer Limited's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Tahoe LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 89.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.77 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Chevrolet
Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Horsepower 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for 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 Tahoe 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 18.4 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Tahoe LT will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Explorer Limited
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Passengers 8 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 108.9 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 The Tahoe LT has OK cargo room, while the Explorer Limited has very little
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front seats 64.1 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 The Tahoe LT has roomy front seats and the Explorer Limited is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,705 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 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Tahoe LTZ vs Durango Citadel
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2011 Cadillac Escalade Tahoe LS vs Escalade
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Tahoe LTZ vs Traverse LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Tahoe LTZ vs Grand Caravan Cargo
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 GMC Yukon Denali Tahoe LTZ vs Yukon Denali
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch Explorer Limited vs Expedition King Ranch
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Ford Edge SEL Explorer Limited vs Edge SEL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Explorer Limited vs Equinox LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2012 Lincoln MKT Explorer Limited vs MKT
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Explorer vs Range Rover Sport HSE

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