2011 Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
vs. 2011 Ford
Taurus SHO

2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V

9.9

starting from

$64,520
"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 CTS-V

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Great braking distance from 60mph
107 ft
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Blazingly fast top speed
179 mph
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Ample cargo space
58.0 ft3
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Quite powerful
556 HP @ 6,100 RPM
2011 Ford Taurus SHO

9.7

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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Has auxiliary audio input
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Average range on the highway
475 miles
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Power outlets
Standard
Road Tests 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Winner: CTS CTS-V
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  • The CTS CTS-V needs more than 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 107 ft vs 139 ft
  • The CTS CTS-V can go around 60% faster than the Taurus SHO, 179 mph vs 115 mph
  • The CTS CTS-V can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.91 g vs 0.81 g
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Practicality 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Winner: CTS CTS-V
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  • Room for around 3x more stuff, 58.0 ft3 vs 20.1 ft3
  • The CTS CTS-V's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Taurus SHO
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Very inefficient in the city
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
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  • Both the CTS CTS-V and Taurus SHO are quite powerful
  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
  • Both cars are sporty, but the CTS CTS-V in particular is a responsive car
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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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
Overall 9.7 vs 9.9

Road Tests

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 4.2 seconds The CTS CTS-V has lightning fast acceleration, and the Taurus SHO isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 107 ft The CTS CTS-V has extraordinary brakes, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.7 s @ 103 mph vs 12.5 s @ 114 mph The CTS CTS-V's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Taurus SHO is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.91 g The CTS CTS-V has good cornering abilities, but the Taurus SHO is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 115 mph vs 179 mph The CTS CTS-V can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Taurus SHO is pretty bad

Entertainment System

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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Number of speakers 7 vs 10 The CTS CTS-V 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 CTS-V's satellite radio; in the Taurus SHO, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Taurus SHO can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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 Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the CTS CTS-V; no amount of money can buy it on the Taurus SHO

Practicality

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 342 miles The Taurus SHO has OK highway range, but the CTS CTS-V is very limited
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 58.0 ft3 The CTS CTS-V has lots of cargo room, and the Taurus SHO is OK, too
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 54.0 ft3 The Taurus SHO has roomy front seats and the CTS CTS-V 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 Not Available The Taurus SHO's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS CTS-V
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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 CTS CTS-V'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

Cost

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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MSRP $38,950 vs $64,520 The Taurus SHO has a reasonable price, while the CTS CTS-V is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 14 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The CTS CTS-V'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 CTS-V'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 CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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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

Performance

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 556 HP @ 6,100 RPM Both the CTS CTS-V and Taurus SHO are quite powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Taurus SHO's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 CTS-V
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Supercharger 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 7.6 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the CTS CTS-V in particular is a responsive car
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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 37.9 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Luxury Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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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 CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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 STS CTS 3.6 vs STS
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 CTS CTS-V vs Corvette Z06
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2012 Lincoln MKZ CTS 3.6 vs MKZ
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 SEL 2012 Ford Fusion SEL Taurus SEL vs Fusion SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SE 2012 Ford Focus S Taurus SE vs Focus S
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Taurus SHO vs Challenger SRT8

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?