2011 Ford
Explorer Limited
vs. 2011 GMC
Terrain SLE

2011 Ford Explorer Limited

9.8

starting from

$38,360

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Limited

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Average power
290 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Average cargo space
80.7 ft3
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.6"
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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Great braking distance from 60mph
112 ft
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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AM/FM stereo
Standard
Luxury Features 8.5 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Winner: Explorer Limited
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 GMC Terrain SLE Winner: Terrain SLE
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $13,050 cheaper (more than 30% less), $25,310 vs $38,360
Entertainment System 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Winner: Explorer Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • The Explorer Limited has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 6
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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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
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
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 Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Explorer Limited; the Terrain SLE only offers cloth seats

Cost

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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MSRP $25,310 vs $38,360 The Terrain SLE has a great price and the Explorer Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 17 mpg The Terrain SLE has great city mileage and the Explorer Limited 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

Entertainment System

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
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 Terrain SLE has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Terrain SLE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Explorer Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Terrain SLE; 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 No vs No Neither has an audio-in jack for personal music devices
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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

Safety Features

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
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 OnStar vs MyFord

Road Tests

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
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 112 ft vs 135 ft The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, but the Explorer Limited is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.3 s s @ 85.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 89.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.77 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
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 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Explorer Limited is of average power, 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 Standard The Explorer Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Terrain SLE
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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 Unknown
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
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 Terrain SLE has very few
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Cargo space 63.9 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 The Explorer Limited has OK cargo room, while the Terrain SLE has very little
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 The Explorer Limited has roomy front seats, but the Terrain SLE is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,162 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 6 vs 8 The Explorer Limited 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch Explorer Limited vs Expedition King Ranch
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Explorer Limited vs Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Ford Edge SEL Explorer Limited vs Edge SEL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Explorer Limited vs Equinox LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2012 Lincoln MKT Explorer Limited vs MKT
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

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