2011 Ford
Taurus SHO
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2011 Ford Taurus SHO

10.0

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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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.7 s s @ 103.0 mph mph
2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.5

Runner-up

Ford Fusion SE

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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OK braking distance from 60mph
127 ft
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Very inexpensive
$23,625
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • Around 20% faster in the 1/4 mile, 13.7 s s @ 103.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 85.0 mph mph
  • The Taurus SHO hits 60mph more than 40% faster, 5.2 seconds vs 8.9 seconds
  • Almost the same, 0.81 g vs 0.79 g
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 9.7 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $15,325 cheaper (around 40% less), $23,625 vs $38,950
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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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 10.0 vs 9.5

Crash Test Ratings

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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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 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Fusion SE
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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

Road Tests

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The Taurus SHO can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Fusion SE is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 127 ft The Fusion SE'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 16.7 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The Taurus SHO's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Fusion SE'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 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Luxury Features

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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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
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2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $38,950 vs $23,625 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 23 mpg The Fusion SE has OK city mileage, while 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

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Taurus SHO
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2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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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 None

Performance

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Taurus SHO
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2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Taurus SHO is fairly powerful, but the Fusion SE is underpowered
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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 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 18.8 lb/hp The Taurus SHO is a sporty car, but the Fusion SE is sluggish
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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 Fusion SE is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 37.5 ft The Fusion SE is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad

Practicality

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Taurus SHO has roomy front seats and the Fusion SE 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 Fusion SE
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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 SHO
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Fusion SE
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Prius Four Fusion SE vs Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Fusion SE vs Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Chrysler 300 300C Fusion SE vs 300 300C
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Corolla Fusion SE vs Corolla

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