2011 Ford
Edge SEL
vs. 2011 GMC
Terrain SLE

2011 Ford Edge SEL

9.8

Winner

Ford Edge SEL

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
2011 GMC Terrain SLE

9.4

Runner-up

GMC Terrain SLE

starting from

$25,310

Reasons to buy the GMC Terrain SLE

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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
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.1
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • The Edge SEL's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Performance 10.0 vs 8.6
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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 GMC Terrain SLE Winner: Terrain SLE
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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 $8,015 cheaper (more than 20% less), $25,310 vs $33,325
Crash Test Ratings 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 GMC Terrain SLE Winner: Terrain SLE
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  • The Terrain SLE has 3.9x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
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 9.4

Entertainment System

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Terrain SLE'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 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

Performance

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

Luxury Features

Ford
Edge SEL
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2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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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 Edge SEL

Cost

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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MSRP $33,325 vs $25,310 The Terrain SLE has a great price and the Edge SEL is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 22 mpg The Terrain SLE 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

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Edge SEL
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2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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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 3 stars vs 5 stars The better is 3.9x safer than the Edge SEL
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Edge SEL is 1.5x safer than the Terrain SLE

Practicality

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Edge SEL
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2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 68.9 ft3 vs 63.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.5 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3 The Edge SEL has average-sized front seats, while the Terrain SLE is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 909 lb vs 1,162 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 8 vs 6 The Edge SEL has a good number of cupholders, but the Terrain SLE is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Ford
Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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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 OnStar

Road Tests

Ford
Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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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 134 ft vs 112 ft The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, but the Edge SEL is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 16.3 s s @ 85.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.75 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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 Honda CR-V Edge SEL vs CR-V
2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Ford Escape Limited Edge SE vs Escape Limited
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Edge SEL vs Explorer Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Terrain SLE vs Acadia SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Terrain SLE vs Traverse LS
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Terrain SLE vs RAV4 Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Terrain SLE vs Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Cadillac SRX Terrain SLE vs SRX

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???