2011 Ford
Taurus SHO
vs. 2012 Ford
Focus Titanium

2012 Ford Focus Titanium

9.6

starting from

$23,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Focus Titanium

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Good highway fuel efficiency
38 mpg
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Great braking distance from 60mph
110 ft
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Good city fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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More airbags
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2011 Ford Taurus SHO

9.5

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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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Quite powerful
365 HP @ 5,500 RPM
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.7 s s @ 103.0 mph mph
Entertainment System 8.0 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • The Focus Titanium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Focus Titanium's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Focus Titanium has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 7
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Taurus SHO
Road Tests 9.0 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • The Focus Titanium needs more than 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 110 ft vs 139 ft
  • The Focus Titanium can change direction around 10% faster, 0.88 g vs 0.81 g
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO has 6 more cupholders, 8 vs 2
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 54.8 ft3 vs 51.6 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Almost the same, Turbocharger vs None
  • Around 2.5x more powerful, 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 160 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • Gets more than 60% more miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $15,455 cheaper (around 40% less), $23,495 vs $38,950
Safety Features 9.7 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • The Focus Titanium has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.5 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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Number of speakers 7 vs 10 The Focus Titanium has more speakers and the Taurus SHO is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Focus Titanium's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Taurus SHO does not
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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 Focus Titanium's satellite radio; in the Taurus SHO, too, but it'll cost
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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 Yes The Focus Titanium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Taurus SHO's power seats; not available on the Focus Titanium
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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

Road Tests

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The Taurus SHO has a good 0-60 time, but the Focus Titanium is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 110 ft The Focus Titanium has extraordinary brakes, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.7 s s @ 103.0 mph mph vs 16.3 s s @ 86.7 mph mph The Taurus SHO's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Focus Titanium's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.88 g The Focus Titanium 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 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Practicality

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 471 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 23.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 51.6 ft3 The Taurus SHO has roomy front seats and the Focus Titanium 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 2 The Taurus SHO has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 4 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 160 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Taurus SHO is fairly powerful, but the Focus Titanium is underpowered
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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 Focus Titanium's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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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 18.1 lb/hp The Taurus SHO is a sporty car, while the Focus Titanium is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Taurus SHO's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Focus Titanium is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 36.0 ft The Focus Titanium is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad

Cost

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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MSRP $38,950 vs $23,495 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 28 mpg The Focus Titanium has great city mileage, but the Taurus SHO is very inefficient
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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
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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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 6 The Focus Titanium has a good number of airbags, but the Taurus SHO is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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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 MyFord

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Fusion SE Taurus SHO vs Fusion SE
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Lincoln MKS Taurus SHO vs MKS
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2011 Nissan Versa SL Focus Titanium vs Versa SL
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2011 Kia Rio LX Focus Titanium vs Rio LX
2012 Ford Focus SE 2011 Honda Fit Focus SE vs Fit
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Focus Titanium vs Accent GLS
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2011 Toyota Prius Four Focus Titanium vs Prius Four

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