2011 Ford
Explorer
vs. 2011 Infiniti
FX35

2011 Infiniti FX35

10.0

Winner

Infiniti FX35

starting from

$43,495

Reasons to buy the Infiniti FX35

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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Moon roof
Standard
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Good range in the city
381 miles
2011 Ford Explorer

8.8

Runner-up

Ford Explorer

starting from

$29,185

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer

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Average cargo space
80.7 ft3
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Has 3 rows of seats
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More passenger seats
7
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Very inexpensive
$29,185
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.4
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the FX35's satellite radio
  • The FX35's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The FX35's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the FX35's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the FX35; the Explorer only offers cloth seats
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • More gears
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.8

Entertainment System

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Number of speakers 11 vs 6 The FX35 has more speakers, but the Explorer has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The FX35's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Explorer does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the FX35's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The FX35 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the FX35; but it's not available at all on the Explorer

Luxury Features

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the FX35's standard 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 Not Available Leather comes standard on the FX35; the Explorer only offers cloth seats

Cost

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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MSRP $43,495 vs $29,185 The Explorer has a great price and the FX35 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The FX35's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Explorer 's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The FX35's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Explorer 's is very short

Safety Features

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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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 None

Crash Test Ratings

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The FX35 has a good 0-60 time, but the Explorer is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 135 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.2 s @ 95 mph vs 16.2 s @ 89 mph The FX35's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Explorer 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.77 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Horsepower 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM The FX35 is fairly powerful, but the Explorer is not far behind
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The FX35's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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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 13.7 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The FX35 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Explorer has lots of passenger seats, but the FX35 has very few
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Cargo space 62.0 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 The Explorer has OK cargo room, while the FX35 has very little
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front seats 58.3 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 The Explorer has roomy front seats and the FX35 is OK
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Base payload capacity 1213 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 Not Available The FX35 offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Explorer
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Explorer has an OK number of cupholders while the FX35 has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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