2011 Ford
Edge Limited
vs. 2011 Ford
Explorer

2011 Ford Edge Limited

10.0

starting from

$37,325

Reasons to buy the Ford Edge Limited

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Spacious back seats
52.9 ft3
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Leather
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Passenger power seats
Standard
2011 Ford Explorer

9.2

Runner-up

Ford Explorer

starting from

$29,185

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer

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Average cargo space
80.7 ft3
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Has 3 rows of seats
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More passenger seats
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Spacious front seats
59.6 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Ford Edge Limited Winner: Edge Limited
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  • The Edge Limited has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 6
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Edge Limited; but it's not available at all on the Explorer
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Ford Edge Limited Winner: Edge Limited
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  • Leather comes standard on the Edge Limited; the Explorer only offers cloth seats
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Winner: Explorer
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,140 cheaper (more than 20% less), $29,185 vs $37,325
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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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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  • More gears
  • Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.2

Entertainment System

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Edge Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Number of speakers 12 vs 6 The Edge Limited has an extraordinary amount of speakers, but the Explorer 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 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 Edge Limited; but it's not available at all on the Explorer

Luxury Features

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Edge Limited
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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 Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Edge Limited; the Explorer only offers cloth seats

Cost

Ford
Edge Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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MSRP $37,325 vs $29,185 The Explorer has a great price and the Edge Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Ford
Edge Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited
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 MyFord vs None

Road Tests

Ford
Edge Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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0-60 mph 8.1 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 135 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 87 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 0.76 g vs 0.77 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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Edge Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Ford
Edge Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Horsepower 285 HP @ 6,500 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 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 15.0 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Edge Limited has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.6 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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Edge Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Explorer has lots of passenger seats, but the Edge Limited has very few
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Cargo space 68.9 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.5 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 The Explorer has roomy front seats and the Edge Limited is OK
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Base payload capacity 909 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 Edge Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Explorer
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Cupholders 8 vs 6 The Edge Limited 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Ford Escape Limited Edge SE vs Escape Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Edge Limited vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Honda CR-V Edge Limited vs CR-V
2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Edge SE vs Traverse LT
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium Edge SEL vs Outback 3.6R Premium
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
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Explorer vs Equinox LT
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Ford Expedition XL Explorer vs Expedition XL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Acura MDX Explorer Limited vs MDX

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