Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Explorer VS 2016 Cadillac SRX Near Cumming, GA

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2016 Ford Explorer

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2016 Cadillac SRX

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer 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.

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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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

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

159 G’s

168 G’s

Hip Force

214 lbs.

370 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

43 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

56 G’s

60 G’s

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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Explorer’s reliability will be 23% better than the SRX.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 265) than the SRX’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Explorer Sport/Platinum’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

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

For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the SRX:



Front Rotors

13.85 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.4 inches

The Explorer stops shorter than the SRX:



60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the SRX (245/60R18 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 Base/XLT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the SRX’s standard 65 series tires. The Explorer’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile 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 2.3 inches longer than on the SRX (112.8 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 Base/XLT/Limited’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 .3 feet tighter than the SRX’s (40 feet vs. 40.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Explorer has a greater minimum ground clearance than the SRX (7.8 vs. 7 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The SRX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Explorer has 51 cubic feet more passenger volume than the SRX (151.6 vs. 100.6).

The Explorer has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.1 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

43.9 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


29.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 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)



Max Width



Min Width






Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Explorer Sport/Platinum’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The SRX doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Explorer’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The SRX doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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/Platinum’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 on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The SRX doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT/Sport)’s optional Enhanced 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.

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