2011 Buick
Regal CXL
vs. 2011 Ford
Taurus SHO

2011 Ford Taurus SHO

9.8

starting from

$38,950
"More of a driver's car than ever before."
theautochannel.com | talking about the Taurus's ride quality
"Full-size sedans are not dead!"
theautochannel.com | talking about the Taurus's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Ford Taurus SHO

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.7 s @ 103 mph
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Fast 0-60 time
5.2 seconds
2011 Buick Regal CXL

9.7

starting from

$27,220
"It’s a visual knockout"
thecarconnection.com | talking about the Regal's external styling
"The turbo four spins out 220 horsepower, good but more than 50 hp shy of the upcoming Hyundai Sonata Turbo, which also outpaces it on price and room."
thecarconnection.com | talking about the Regal's engine

Reasons to buy the Buick Regal CXL

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Average highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Entertainment system
Optional
Performance 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • Almost the same
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Almost the same, Turbocharger vs None
Entertainment System 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Buick Regal CXL Winner: Regal CXL
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  • The Regal CXL's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Buick Regal CXL Winner: Regal CXL
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • The best price we've seen is $11,730 cheaper (more than 30% less), $27,220 vs $38,950
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Room for more than 40% more stuff, 20.1 ft3 vs 14.2 ft3
  • Almost the same, 54.8 ft3 vs 53.6 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.7

Performance

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Buick
Regal CXL
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM The Taurus SHO is fairly powerful, but the Regal CXL is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Regal CXL's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The Taurus SHO comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Regal CXL
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Taurus SHO's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.0 lb/hp vs 19.8 lb/hp The Taurus SHO is a sporty car, but the Regal CXL is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Taurus SHO's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Regal CXL is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 37.4 ft The Regal CXL is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad

Entertainment System

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Buick
Regal CXL
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Number of speakers 7 vs 7 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Regal CXL's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Taurus SHO does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include 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 Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Regal CXL; but it's not available at all on the Taurus SHO

Cost

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Buick
Regal CXL
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MSRP $38,950 vs $27,220 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 19 mpg The Regal CXL has OK city mileage, while the Taurus SHO is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Regal CXL's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Taurus SHO's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Regal CXL's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Taurus SHO's is very short

Practicality

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Buick
Regal CXL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 540 miles The Regal CXL has good highway range and the Taurus SHO is reasonable
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 14.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 53.6 ft3 The Taurus SHO has roomy front seats and the Regal CXL is OK
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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 Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Taurus SHO has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Buick
Regal CXL
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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 OnStar

Luxury Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Buick
Regal CXL
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Buick
Regal CXL
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Buick
Regal CXL
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 9.9 seconds The Taurus SHO can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Regal CXL is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 131 ft The Regal CXL's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.7 s @ 103 mph vs 17.5 s @ 82 mph The Taurus SHO's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Regal CXL's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Buick Regal CXL 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Regal CXL vs Cruze LT
2011 Buick Regal CXL 2012 Buick LaCrosse Regal CXL vs LaCrosse
2011 Buick Regal CXL 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Regal CXL vs Passat TDI SEL Premium
2011 Buick Regal CXL 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Regal CXL vs Malibu LT
2011 Buick Regal CXL 2011 Infiniti G37 Regal CXL vs G37
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Taurus SHO vs Charger R/T
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Mustang GT Taurus SHO vs Mustang GT
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Fusion SE Taurus SHO vs Fusion SE
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Taurus SHO vs Explorer Limited
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Taurus SHO vs CTS 3.6

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