2011 Dodge
Charger R/T
vs. 2011 Ford
Taurus SHO

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

9.8

starting from

$33,370

Reasons to buy the Dodge Charger R/T

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Good braking distance from 60mph
114 ft
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High top speed
155 mph
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Entertainment system
Standard
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More airbags
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2011 Ford Taurus SHO

9.5

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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CD changer
Standard
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Average range in the city
323 miles
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Average number of gears
6
Road Tests 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Winner: Charger R/T
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  • The Charger R/T needs around 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 114 ft vs 139 ft
  • The Charger R/T can go more than 30% faster than the Taurus SHO, 155 mph vs 115 mph
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Taurus SHO
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Very inefficient in the city
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
  • Fairly powerful
  • Both provide sporty handling
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have spacious front seats
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.5 vs 9.8

Road Tests

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 5.4 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 114 ft The Charger R/T has above average braking ability, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.7 s s @ 103.0 mph mph vs 13.7 s s @ 102.8 mph mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.81 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 115 mph vs 155 mph The Charger R/T can hit high speeds, but the Taurus SHO is below average for this class of vehicle

Luxury Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Taurus SHO

Cost

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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MSRP $38,950 vs $33,370 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 15 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Charger R/T has a good number of airbags, but the Taurus SHO is just OK (missing Knee)
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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 Uconnect

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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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

Performance

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 370 HP @ 5,250 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Charger R/T's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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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 12.0 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 38.7 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Practicality

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 439 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 15.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Taurus SHO, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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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 Charger R/T; no amount of money can buy it on the Taurus SHO

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Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Jesse Griffin Jesse Griffin (4:08 AM, June 10, 2015)
Are you kidding me. The sho has a govenor ,it it only reached 115 which is crap cuz i been in them and the govenor kicks in at 110 and if you been in them you know theres much more power . Im a fan of both tho