2010 Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
vs. 2011 Lexus
RX 350

2011 Lexus RX 350

10.0

Winner

Lexus RX 350

starting from

$41,350
"User-friendly multifunction controller."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's controls
"Energetic acceleration."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's performance

Reasons to buy the Lexus RX 350

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Average power
275 HP @ 6,200 RPM
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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More airbags
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2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT

8.6

starting from

$29,025

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.5"
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Reduced towing weight
1390 lb
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • The RX 350 has 1.7x less risk of rolling over, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 14 mpg
Entertainment System - vs -
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Safety Features - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the RX 350 is particularly good (including Knee, Rear Side)
Performance - vs 10.0
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Limited towing capacity
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the RX 350's power seats; not available on the Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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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 RX 350

Crash Test Ratings

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the RX 350
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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MSRP $41,350 vs $29,025 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 14 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The RX 350's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Explorer Sport Trac XLT is OK, too
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The RX 350's basic warranty is long lasting and the Explorer Sport Trac XLT is OK, too

Entertainment System

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the RX 350, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the RX 350; but it's not available at all on the Explorer Sport Trac XLT

Safety Features

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 7 vs 5 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the RX 350 is particularly good (including Knee, Rear Side)
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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 None

Performance

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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Horsepower 275 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 210 HP @ 5,100 RPM The RX 350 is of average power, but the Explorer Sport Trac XLT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The RX 350's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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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 15.8 lb/hp vs 21.8 lb/hp The RX 350 is a sporty car, but the Explorer Sport Trac XLT is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The RX 350 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 36.8 ft The Explorer Sport Trac XLT can make tight turns, and the RX 350 is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 80.3 ft3 vs 44.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.6 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3 The Explorer Sport Trac XLT has average-sized front seats, while the RX 350 is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 825 lb vs 1390 lb Limited 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 Not Available The RX 350 offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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Cupholders Unknown vs 6
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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0-60 mph 6.9 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 15.2 s @ 92 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs Tacoma Double Cab
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs Ridgeline RT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab Lariat Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs F150 SuperCrew Cab Lariat
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs Ranger Regular Cab XLT
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited RX 350 vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited RX 350 vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i RX 350 vs X5 xDrive35i
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota Venza RX 350 vs Venza
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Honda CR-V RX 350 vs CR-V

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