2011 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
vs. 2011 Ford
Taurus SHO

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

9.8

starting from

$42,605
"The biggest surprise though, would have to be the transmission...we were glad to have it."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's transmission
"The FE3 suspension on our tester manages the car’s considerable weight with supreme competence, keeping body motions in check through quick switchbacks."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Cadillac CTS 3.6

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Great braking distance from 60mph
108 ft
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Average top speed
146 mph
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Ford Taurus SHO

9.4

Runner-up

Ford Taurus SHO

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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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Power outlets
Standard
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Paddle shifters
Standard
Entertainment System 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • Almost the same
  • The CTS 3.6's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The CTS 3.6 has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 7
Road Tests 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The CTS 3.6 needs more than 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 108 ft vs 139 ft
  • The CTS 3.6 can go around 30% faster than the Taurus SHO, 146 mph vs 115 mph
  • Almost the same, 0.84 g vs 0.81 g
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • Almost the same
  • The Taurus SHO has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • A standard folding rear seat on the Taurus SHO is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the CTS 3.6
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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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
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 17 mpg
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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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Fairly powerful
  • Both provide sporty handling
Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Number of speakers 7 vs 10 The CTS 3.6 has more speakers and the Taurus SHO is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the CTS 3.6's satellite radio; in the Taurus SHO, too, but it'll cost
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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 Yes The CTS 3.6 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the CTS 3.6; no amount of money can buy it on the Taurus SHO

Road Tests

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 6.5 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 108 ft The CTS 3.6 has extraordinary brakes, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.7 s @ 103 mph vs 14.9 s @ 95 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.84 g The CTS 3.6 has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Taurus SHO
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Top speed 115 mph vs 146 mph The CTS 3.6's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Taurus SHO is just OK

Practicality

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 486 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 13.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 54.0 ft3 The Taurus SHO has roomy front seats and the CTS 3.6 is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the Taurus SHO is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the CTS 3.6
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Taurus SHO's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS 3.6
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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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

Cost

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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MSRP $38,950 vs $42,605 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 CTS 3.6'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 CTS 3.6's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Taurus SHO's is very short

Safety Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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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 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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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 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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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 CTS 3.6
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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 12.7 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The Taurus SHO has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Cadillac STS CTS 3.6 vs STS
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Chrysler 300 300C CTS 3.6 vs 300 300C
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2012 Buick LaCrosse CTS 3.6 vs LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Cadillac DTS CTS 3.6 vs DTS
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2012 Lincoln MKZ CTS 3.6 vs MKZ
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Mustang GT Taurus SHO vs Mustang GT
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Taurus SHO vs Charger R/T
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Taurus SHO vs Focus Titanium
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Lincoln MKS Taurus SHO vs MKS
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Fusion SE Taurus SHO vs Fusion SE

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Jacob (1:15 AM, May 23, 2013)
Dont you think its weird that it says that neither offers a sunroof when the taurus sho has a sun roof in the picture?