2011 Ford
Explorer Limited
vs. 2011 Toyota
RAV4 Limited

2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited

9.5

starting from

$26,275

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4 Limited

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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Has auxiliary audio input
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AM/FM stereo
Standard
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CD player
Standard
2011 Ford Explorer Limited

9.5

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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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Average 0-60 time
7.9 seconds
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Average cargo space
80.7 ft3
Luxury Features 8.0 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Winner: Explorer Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Explorer Limited
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • The RAV4 Limited's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Cost 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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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 $12,085 cheaper (more than 30% less), $26,275 vs $38,360
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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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
  • People mover
Overall 9.5 vs 9.5

Luxury Features

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
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 RAV4 Limited
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Explorer Limited

Entertainment System

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
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 RAV4 Limited 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 Not Available Rock on in the RAV4 Limited; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Explorer Limited
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Explorer Limited's satellite radio; in the RAV4 Limited, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The RAV4 Limited 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 RAV4 Limited

Cost

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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MSRP $26,275 vs $38,360 The RAV4 Limited has a great price and the Explorer Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 17 mpg The RAV4 Limited 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

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
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

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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0-60 mph 10.0 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Explorer Limited's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the RAV4 Limited is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 135 ft The RAV4 Limited has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Explorer Limited is just OK
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1/4 mile 17.5 s @ 82 mph vs 16.2 s @ 89 mph The Explorer Limited's 1/4 mile time is average, but the RAV4 Limited's is quite bad
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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

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
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 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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Horsepower 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Explorer Limited is of average power, but the RAV4 Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 6 The Explorer Limited has more gears, but the RAV4 Limited 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 Standard The Explorer Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the RAV4 Limited
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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 19.2 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

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Explorer Limited Ford
Explorer Limited
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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 Limited has roomy front seats and the RAV4 Limited is OK
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Base payload capacity 991 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 10 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 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Explorer Limited vs Tahoe LT
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch Explorer Limited vs Expedition King Ranch
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 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Explorer vs Range Rover Sport HSE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Toyota Highlander SE RAV4 Limited vs Highlander SE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2011 Toyota Camry LE RAV4 Sport vs Camry LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion RAV4 Limited vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 RAV4 Limited vs RX 350
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Ford Edge Limited RAV4 Limited vs Edge Limited

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