2011 Ford
Edge SEL
vs. 2011 GMC
Terrain SLT

2011 GMC Terrain SLT

9.8

starting from

$28,910

Reasons to buy the GMC Terrain SLT

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Great braking distance from 60mph
112 ft
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
2011 Ford Edge SEL

9.7

starting from

$33,325

Reasons to buy the Ford Edge SEL

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Quite powerful
285 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.9"
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Sporty performance
15.0 lb/hp
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Has auxiliary audio input
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • The Edge SEL's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.0 lb/hp vs 21.2 lb/hp
  • Around 60% more powerful, 285 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 GMC Terrain SLT Winner: Terrain SLT
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  • The Terrain SLT's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Terrain SLT's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Terrain SLT has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 6
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 GMC Terrain SLT Winner: Terrain SLT
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $4,415 cheaper (more than 10% less), $28,910 vs $33,325
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 GMC Terrain SLT Winner: Terrain SLT
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Terrain SLT
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 GMC Terrain SLT Winner: Terrain SLT
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  • The Terrain SLT has 3.9x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Practicality 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • The Edge SEL has 2 more cupholders, 8 vs 6
  • Almost the same, 55.5 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3
  • Room for around 10% more stuff, 68.9 ft3 vs 63.9 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.7

Performance

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Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 285 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Edge SEL is fairly powerful, but the Terrain SLT 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 21.2 lb/hp vs 15.0 lb/hp The Edge SEL is a sporty car, but the Terrain SLT is sluggish
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-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 40.0 ft vs 38.6 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Number of speakers 8 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Terrain SLT's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Edge SEL 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 No vs Yes The Edge SEL can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Terrain SLT 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

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Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
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Edge SEL
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MSRP $28,910 vs $33,325 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 18 mpg The Terrain SLT has great city mileage and the Edge SEL 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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Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Terrain SLT

Crash Test Ratings

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Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 3 stars The better is 3.9x safer than the Edge SEL
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The Edge SEL is 1.5x safer than the Terrain SLT

Practicality

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Terrain SLT
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2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 63.9 ft3 vs 68.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 The Edge SEL has average-sized front seats, while the Terrain SLT is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1162 lb vs 909 lb Average towing capacity
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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 6 vs 8 The Edge SEL has a good number of cupholders, but the Terrain SLT is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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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

Road Tests

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Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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0-60 mph 8.1 seconds vs 8.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 112 ft vs 134 ft The Terrain SLT has extraordinary brakes, but the Edge SEL is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.3 s @ 85 mph vs 16.6 s @ 87 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.76 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Honda CR-V Edge Limited vs CR-V
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Edge Limited vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Ford Explorer Edge Limited vs Explorer
2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Edge SE vs Traverse LT
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Terrain SLE vs Acadia SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Terrain SLT vs Traverse LS
2011 GMC Terrain SLT 2011 Cadillac SRX Terrain SLT vs SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Terrain SLE vs RAV4
2011 GMC Terrain SLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Terrain SLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Josh (9:57 PM, February 21, 2013)
The Terrain also has AWD and a V6 available, why didnt they do a comparison on comparable drive trains???