2011 Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
vs. 2011 Ford
Taurus SHO

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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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Entertainment system
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Average highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.7 s @ 103 mph
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Fast 0-60 time
5.2 seconds
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Quite powerful
365 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Performance 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Regal CXL Turbo
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Around 70% more powerful, 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 220 HP @ 5,300 RPM
Entertainment System 9.2 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 SHO
Cost 9.2 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
  • The best price we've seen is $9,230 cheaper (more than 20% less), $29,720 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 -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.8 vs 9.8

Performance

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 220 HP @ 5,300 RPM The Taurus SHO is fairly powerful, but the Regal CXL Turbo 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 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 SHO comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Regal CXL Turbo
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.0 lb/hp vs 16.7 lb/hp The Taurus SHO is a sporty car, while the Regal CXL Turbo is just average
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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 Turbo is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 37.4 ft The Regal CXL Turbo 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 Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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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 Turbo'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 Turbo; but it's not available at all on the Taurus SHO

Cost

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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MSRP $38,950 vs $29,720 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 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 SHO'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 SHO's is very short

Practicality

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
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 475 miles vs 504 miles Average highway range
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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 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 Optional vs Standard The Regal CXL Turbo's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Taurus SHO
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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 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

Luxury Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
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 Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
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 SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The Taurus SHO has a good 0-60 time, but the Regal CXL Turbo is just average
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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 13.7 s @ 103 mph vs 16.5 s @ 90 mph The Taurus SHO's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Regal CXL Turbo's is just OK
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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 SHO
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Regal CXL Turbo vs Malibu LT
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Regal CXL Turbo vs Impreza WRX
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Regal CXL Turbo vs Cruze LTZ
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T Regal CXL Turbo vs Sonata Limited 2.0T
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Regal CXL Turbo vs 200 Limited
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Taurus SHO vs Challenger SRT8
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Taurus SHO vs Charger R/T
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost Taurus SHO vs MKS Ecoboost
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

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