2011 Ford
Explorer
vs. 2011 Kia
Soul

2011 Ford Explorer

9.8

starting from

$31,185

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer

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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
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Has 3 rows of seats
2011 Kia Soul

8.8

Runner-up

Kia Soul

starting from

$13,995
"Feels nimble and well-planted in high-speed turns."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's performance
"A cinch to maneuver around tight city confines in relative comfort."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Soul

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Winner: Explorer
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Explorer ; not available on the Soul
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Explorer 's power seats; not available on the Soul
Cost 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets more than 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 17 mpg
Practicality 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Winner: Explorer
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? The Explorer 's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Soul cannot be configured with them at any price
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 59.6 ft3 vs 54.1 ft3
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Winner: Explorer
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  • The Explorer has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Winner: Explorer
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  • The Explorer has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
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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Overall 8.8 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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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 's power seats; not available on the Soul
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Explorer ; not available on the Soul
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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MSRP $13,995 vs $31,185 The Soul has a great price and the Explorer is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 17 mpg The Soul has great city mileage and the Explorer is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Explorer 's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Explorer 's warranty is very limited

Practicality

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Explorer has lots of passenger seats and the Soul is OK, too
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Highway driving range 394 miles vs 428 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 53.4 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.1 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 The Explorer has average-sized front seats, while the Soul is very cramped
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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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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Explorer 's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Soul cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
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 4 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

Entertainment System

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 The Explorer has an OK number of speakers, while the Soul has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 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 Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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0-60 mph 9.8 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The Explorer 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 122 ft The Explorer has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is just OK
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1/4 mile 17.6 s @ 79 mph vs 16.3 s @ 86 mph The Explorer 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Soul 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.77 g
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Top speed 114 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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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 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Explorer is of average power, but the Soul is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Explorer 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 21.0 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The Explorer 's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Soul is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.4 ft vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Ford Edge Limited Explorer vs Edge Limited
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Explorer vs Range Rover Sport HSE
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Explorer vs Equinox LT
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Ford Expedition XL Explorer vs Expedition XL
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Honda Fit Soul vs Fit
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Nissan cube Soul vs cube
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Honda CR-V Soul vs CR-V
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Kia Rio Soul vs Rio
2011 Kia Soul 2012 Honda Civic DX Soul vs Civic DX

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