2011 Ford
Edge SEL
vs. 2011 Ford
Taurus SHO

2011 Ford Taurus SHO

9.9

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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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
13.7 s s @ 103.0 mph mph
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Paddle shifters
Standard
2011 Ford Edge SEL

9.6

Runner-up

Ford Edge SEL

starting from

$33,325

Reasons to buy the Ford Edge SEL

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Average cargo space
68.9 ft3
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Roof rails
Optional
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Spacious back seats
52.9 ft3
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO has 3.9x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Performance 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same, Turbocharger vs None
  • Around 30% more powerful, 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 285 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for around 3.5x more stuff, 68.9 ft3 vs 20.1 ft3
  • Almost the same, 55.5 ft3 vs 54.8 ft3
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.6

Crash Test Ratings

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Taurus SHO
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2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 3 stars The better is 3.9x safer than the Edge SEL
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Performance

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Taurus SHO
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Edge SEL
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 285 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Taurus SHO is fairly powerful, but the Edge SEL 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 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 Edge SEL
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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 15.0 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 38.6 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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Taurus SHO
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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

Practicality

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Taurus SHO
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 475 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 68.9 ft3 The Edge SEL has OK cargo room, while the Taurus SHO has very little
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 Both average size 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 Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the Edge SEL
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Taurus SHO
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Number of speakers 7 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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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 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 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 Edge SEL; but it's not available at all on the Taurus SHO

Cost

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Taurus SHO
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Edge SEL
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MSRP $38,950 vs $33,325 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage 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

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Taurus SHO
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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 None

Road Tests

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Taurus SHO
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 8.1 seconds The Taurus SHO has a good 0-60 time, but the Edge SEL is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 134 ft The Edge SEL's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.7 s s @ 103.0 mph mph vs 16.6 s s @ 87.0 mph mph The Taurus SHO's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Edge SEL's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.76 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Ford Edge SEL 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Edge SEL vs Traverse LS
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2011 Honda CR-V Edge SEL vs CR-V
2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Ford Escape Limited Edge SE vs Escape Limited
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Edge SEL vs Explorer Limited
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 SHO 2012 Ford Fusion SE Taurus SHO vs Fusion SE
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2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Taurus SHO vs Focus Titanium

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