2011 Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
vs. 2011 Ford
Taurus SEL

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo

9.8

starting from

$29,720
"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 Turbo

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Navigation system
Standard
2011 Ford Taurus SEL

9.6

Runner-up

Ford Taurus SEL

starting from

$28,550
"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 SEL

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Spacious back seats
47.4 ft3
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Plenty of cupholders
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CD changer
Optional
Entertainment System 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Winner: Regal CXL Turbo
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  • The Regal CXL Turbo's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Regal CXL Turbo; but it's not available at all on the Taurus SEL
  • Like your tunes? In the Regal CXL Turbo, you can upgrade to satellite radio
Performance 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Ford Taurus SEL Winner: Taurus SEL
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  • The Taurus SEL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Regal CXL Turbo
  • Around 20% more powerful, 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 220 HP @ 5,300 RPM
  • The Taurus SEL's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.3 lb/hp vs 16.7 lb/hp
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Winner: Regal CXL Turbo
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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
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Winner: Regal CXL Turbo
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Regal CXL Turbo
Practicality 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Winner: Regal CXL Turbo
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  • You won't find this in the Taurus SEL, but the Regal CXL Turbo's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.6 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 The Regal CXL Turbo has an OK number of speakers, while the Taurus SEL has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Regal CXL Turbo's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Taurus SEL does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Regal CXL Turbo, you can upgrade to 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 Turbo; but it's not available at all on the Taurus SEL

Performance

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 220 HP @ 5,300 RPM Average power
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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 Turbo'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 SEL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Regal CXL Turbo
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The Regal CXL Turbo's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.3 lb/hp vs 16.7 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 41.0 ft vs 37.4 ft The Regal CXL Turbo is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Taurus SEL is quite bad

Cost

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Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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MSRP $28,550 vs $29,720 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Regal CXL Turbo's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Taurus SEL's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Regal CXL Turbo's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Taurus SEL's is very short

Luxury Features

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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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 Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Regal CXL Turbo

Practicality

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Taurus SEL
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2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 532 miles vs 504 miles The Taurus SEL has good highway range and the Regal CXL Turbo 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 SEL has roomy front seats and the Regal CXL Turbo 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 Not Available vs Standard You won't find this in the Taurus SEL, but the Regal CXL Turbo's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Taurus SEL 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

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Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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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 SEL
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2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 8.3 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.1 s @ 90 mph vs 16.5 s @ 90 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.83 g The Regal CXL Turbo has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Taurus SEL
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Regal CXL Turbo vs Cruze LTZ
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2011 BMW 328i Regal CXL Turbo vs 328i
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Regal CXL Turbo vs Malibu LT
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Regal CXL Turbo vs Passat V6 SE
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Lincoln MKZ Regal CXL Turbo vs MKZ
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Taurus SHO vs Charger R/T
2011 Ford Taurus SEL 2012 Ford Fusion SEL Taurus SEL vs Fusion SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Mustang GT Taurus SHO vs Mustang GT
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Lincoln MKZ Taurus SHO vs MKZ
2011 Ford Taurus SE 2012 Ford Focus S Taurus SE vs Focus S

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