Greene Ford Compares 2014 Ford Explorer VS 2014 Cadillac SRX Near Cumming, GA

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2014 Ford Explorer

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2014 Cadillac SRX

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The SRX doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Explorer’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The SRX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Explorer and the SRX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Cadillac SRX:




5 Stars

4 Stars



5 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

159 lbs.

203 lbs.

Neck Compression

31 lbs.

131 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Cadillac SRX:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

135 G’s

168 G’s

Hip Force

295 lbs.

370 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

43 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

60 G’s

Hip Force

676 lbs.

901 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Explorer has a standard 175-amp alternator (200-amp - Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport). The SRX’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 265) than the SRX’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Explorer Sport’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 57 more horsepower (365 vs. 308) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 265) than the SRX’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Explorer 2.0 ECOBoost gets better fuel mileage than the SRX FWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Explorer 4WD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the SRX 4 (17 city/23 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The SRX doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Explorer stops shorter than the SRX:



70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the SRX (245/65R17 vs. 235/65R18). The Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the SRX (255/50R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The Explorer’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the SRX’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Explorer has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The SRX’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the SRX (112.6 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than on the SRX.

For better maneuverability, the Explorer 4WD’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the SRX’s (38.9 feet vs. 40.3 feet). The Explorer Sport’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the SRX’s (39.8 feet vs. 40.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Explorer has a greater minimum ground clearance than the SRX (7.6 vs. 7 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the SRX can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 51.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the SRX (151.7 vs. 100.6).

The Explorer has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the SRX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the SRX.



Third Seat Folded

43.8 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


29.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

80.7 cubic feet

61.1 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the SRX’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)






Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport’s exterior keypad. The SRX doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Explorer’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The SRX’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT) offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The SRX doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Explorer Limited’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The SRX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Explorer owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Explorer will cost $265 less than the SRX over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the SRX because it costs $266 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the SRX, including $49 less for front brake pads, $243 less for fuel injection, $151 less for a fuel pump, $1376 less for front struts and $131 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Explorer will be $2514 to $7515 less than for the Cadillac SRX.

Recommendations Comparison

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Explorer as the 2011 North American Truck of the Year. The SRX has never been chosen.

The Ford Explorer outsold the Cadillac SRX by over three to one during 2013.

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