2011 Ford
Explorer
vs. 2011 Toyota
RAV4

2011 Ford Explorer

9.8

starting from

$29,185

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer

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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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Power seats
Standard
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Average 0-60 time
7.9 seconds
2011 Toyota RAV4

9.4

Runner-up

Toyota RAV4

starting from

$23,285

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4

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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Great braking distance from 60mph
120 ft
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average-sized back seats
48.7 ft3
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Winner: Explorer
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Explorer 's power seats; not available on the RAV4
Cost 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Toyota RAV4 Winner: RAV4
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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 $5,900 cheaper (more than 20% less), $23,285 vs $29,185
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Fewer speakers
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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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  • People mover
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Toyota
RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
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 RAV4
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

Toyota
RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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MSRP $23,285 vs $29,185 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 17 mpg The RAV4 has great city mileage and the Explorer 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

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RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
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

Entertainment System

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RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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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

Toyota
RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 120 ft vs 135 ft The RAV4 has extraordinary brakes, but the Explorer is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.5 s @ 85 mph vs 16.2 s @ 89 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.77 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
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 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Toyota
RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Horsepower 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Explorer is of average power, but the RAV4 is underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 6 The Explorer has more gears, but the RAV4 has very few
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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 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 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 34.8 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Ford Explorer Ford
Explorer
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 73.0 ft3 vs 80.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 59.6 ft3 The Explorer has roomy front seats and the RAV4 is OK
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Base payload capacity 1070 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 Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs 6 The RAV4 has a good number of cupholders, but the Explorer 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 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Explorer Limited vs Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Explorer vs Equinox LT
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Explorer vs Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Acura MDX Explorer Limited vs MDX
2011 Ford Explorer 2011 Honda CR-V Explorer vs CR-V
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 RAV4 Limited vs RX 350
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Toyota Highlander SE RAV4 Limited vs Highlander SE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Ford Edge Limited RAV4 Limited vs Edge Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2011 Toyota Camry LE RAV4 Sport vs Camry LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited RAV4 Limited vs Outback 2.5i Limited

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