2011 Ford
Edge SEL
vs. 2011 Ford
Explorer Limited

2011 Ford Edge SEL

9.9

Winner

Ford Edge SEL

starting from

$33,325

Reasons to buy the Ford Edge SEL

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Has auxiliary audio input
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AM/FM stereo
Standard
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CD player
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Spacious back seats
52.9 ft3
2011 Ford Explorer Limited

9.6

starting from

$38,360

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Limited

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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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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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • Rock on in the Edge SEL; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Explorer Limited
  • The Edge SEL's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
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
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • The best price we've seen is $5,035 cheaper (more than 10% less), $33,325 vs $38,360
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 17 mpg
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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  • Both have lots of cupholders
Overall 9.9 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
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 Edge SEL 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 Not Available Rock on in the Edge SEL; 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 Edge SEL 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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Edge SEL
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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 Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Explorer Limited

Cost

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Edge SEL
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2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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MSRP $33,325 vs $38,360 Both are priced reasonably
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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

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
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 None vs MyFord

Road Tests

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
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 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 Standard The Explorer Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Edge SEL
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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 SEL 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 SEL
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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 Edge SEL 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 Limited has roomy front seats and the Edge SEL 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 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Ford Escape Limited Edge SE vs Escape Limited
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2011 Honda CR-V Edge SEL vs CR-V
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Edge Limited vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Edge SEL vs Traverse LS
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS Edge SEL vs Equinox LS
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 Limited 2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch Explorer Limited vs Expedition King Ranch
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2012 Lincoln MKT Explorer Limited vs MKT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Explorer Limited vs Equinox LT

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