2011 Ford
Taurus SHO
vs. 2012 Buick
LaCrosse

2012 Buick LaCrosse

10.0

starting from

$34,930

Reasons to buy the Buick LaCrosse

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Good braking distance from 60mph
114 ft
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
2011 Ford Taurus SHO

9.6

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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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.7 s @ 103 mph
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Navigation system
Optional
Road Tests 9.1 vs 10.0
2012 Buick LaCrosse Winner: LaCrosse
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  • The LaCrosse needs around 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 114 ft vs 139 ft
  • The LaCrosse can go around 20% faster than the Taurus SHO, 133 mph vs 115 mph
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Buick LaCrosse Winner: LaCrosse
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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 $4,020 cheaper (more than 10% less), $34,930 vs $38,950
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash
  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
  • Fairly powerful
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.6 vs 10.0

Road Tests

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 6.6 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 114 ft The LaCrosse has above average braking ability, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.7 s @ 103 mph vs 15.1 s @ 94 mph The Taurus SHO's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the LaCrosse 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.79 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 115 mph vs 133 mph The LaCrosse 's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Taurus SHO is just OK

Cost

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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MSRP $38,950 vs $34,930 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The LaCrosse '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 LaCrosse 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Taurus SHO's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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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 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Luxury Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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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

Safety Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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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 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
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 303 HP @ 6,800 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 Semi-automatic transmission The LaCrosse '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 Unknown
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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 Unknown

Practicality

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 494 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 13.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 52.6 ft3 The Taurus SHO has roomy front seats and the LaCrosse 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 Not Available The Taurus SHO offers an optional navigation system; not available on the LaCrosse
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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
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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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 Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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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
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Buick Lucerne CXL Premium LaCrosse vs Lucerne CXL Premium
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 LaCrosse vs CTS 3.6
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ LaCrosse vs Malibu LTZ
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Kia Optima EX LaCrosse vs Optima EX
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Lincoln MKS LaCrosse vs MKS

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