2011 Ford
Explorer Limited
vs. 2011 Honda
CR-V

2011 Ford Explorer Limited

9.6

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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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.6"
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Has 3 rows of seats
2011 Honda CR-V

9.2

Runner-up

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Has auxiliary audio input
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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AM/FM stereo
Standard
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CD player
Standard
Luxury Features 7.0 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Winner: Explorer Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Almost the same
  • The CR-V 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The CR-V 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The best price we've seen is $14,955 cheaper (around 40% less), $23,405 vs $38,360
  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
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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  • 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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  • Both have lots of cupholders
Overall 9.2 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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 Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Explorer Limited's power seats; not available on the CR-V
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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 CR-V only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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 CR-V has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The CR-V '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 CR-V ; 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 CR-V 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 Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Explorer Limited; but it's not available at all on the CR-V

Cost

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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MSRP $23,405 vs $38,360 The CR-V has a great price and the Explorer Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 17 mpg The CR-V 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

Safety Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Explorer Limited's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-V is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 135 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Explorer Limited is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.9 s s @ 82.9 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 0.77 g vs 0.77 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Explorer Limited is of average power, but the CR-V is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Explorer Limited has more gears and the CR-V is OK, too
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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 CR-V
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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 18.8 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 37.8 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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 CR-V has very few
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 The Explorer Limited has roomy front seats and the CR-V is OK
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Base payload capacity 850 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 Not Available vs Optional The Explorer Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CR-V
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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 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 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX

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