2011 Ford
Explorer Limited
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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Has auxiliary audio input
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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AM/FM stereo
Standard
2011 Ford Explorer Limited

8.8

starting from

$38,360

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Limited

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Average cargo space
80.7 ft3
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Has 3 rows of seats
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More passenger seats
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Almost the same
  • The FX35's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The FX35's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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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 Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Number of speakers 11 vs 12 Both have more speakers, but the Explorer Limited in particular has a large number
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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 Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the FX35; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Explorer Limited
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The FX35 can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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 Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Luxury Features

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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MSRP $43,495 vs $38,360 Both are priced reasonably
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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 Limited'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 Limited's is very short

Safety Features

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
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

Crash Test Ratings

Infiniti
FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 Limited 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 Limited'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 Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Horsepower 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM The FX35 is fairly powerful, but the Explorer Limited 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 Standard The Explorer Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the FX35
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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 Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Explorer Limited 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 Limited 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 Limited 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Explorer Limited has a good number of cupholders, but the FX35 does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Ford Edge SEL Explorer Limited vs Edge SEL
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2012 Lincoln MKT Explorer Limited vs MKT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Explorer Limited vs Equinox LT
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