2011 Ford
Taurus SEL
vs. 2012 Buick
LaCrosse

2012 Buick LaCrosse

10.0

starting from

$34,930

Reasons to buy the Buick LaCrosse

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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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
2011 Ford Taurus SEL

9.4

Runner-up

Ford Taurus SEL

starting from

$28,550
"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 SEL

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Spacious front seats
54.8 ft3
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Average range in the city
342 miles
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Good range on the highway
532 miles
Road Tests 8.6 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 SEL, 133 mph vs 115 mph
  • The LaCrosse hits 60mph around 20% faster, 6.6 seconds vs 7.9 seconds
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Buick LaCrosse Winner: LaCrosse
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the LaCrosse
Cost 9.6 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
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
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.4 vs 10.0

Road Tests

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 6.6 seconds The LaCrosse has a good 0-60 time, but the Taurus SEL is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 114 ft The LaCrosse has above average braking ability, but the Taurus SEL is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.1 s @ 90 mph vs 15.1 s @ 94 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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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 SEL is just OK

Luxury Features

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
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 Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the LaCrosse

Cost

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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MSRP $28,550 vs $34,930 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 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 SEL'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 SEL's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
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

Safety Features

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
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

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Taurus SEL
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2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM The LaCrosse is fairly powerful, but the Taurus 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 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 None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.3 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The LaCrosse 's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Taurus SEL is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 41.0 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Ford
Taurus SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SEL
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 532 miles vs 494 miles The Taurus SEL has good highway range and the LaCrosse is reasonable
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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 SEL 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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

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Taurus SEL
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2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Number of speakers 6 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Taurus SHO vs Challenger SRT8
2011 Ford Taurus SE 2012 Ford Focus S Taurus SE vs Focus S
2011 Ford Taurus SEL 2012 Ford Fusion SEL Taurus SEL vs Fusion SEL
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 Lincoln MKZ LaCrosse vs MKZ
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Toyota Camry LaCrosse vs Camry
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Chrysler 200 Limited LaCrosse vs 200 Limited

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