2011 Ford
Taurus SHO
vs. 2012 Ford
Mustang GT

2011 Ford Taurus SHO

9.6

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 suspension
Independent
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Spacious back seats
47.4 ft3
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average number of airbags
5
2012 Ford Mustang GT

9.0

Runner-up

Ford Mustang GT

starting from

$30,105
"A street-legal racer that’s just looking for some action."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's engine
"I can’t stop thinking about how much power the new Shelby offered."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's performance

Reasons to buy the Ford Mustang GT

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Great braking distance from 60mph
104 ft
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High top speed
155 mph
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Tighter turning radius
33.4 ft
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Good cornering ability
0.88 g
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Road Tests 8.0 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Mustang GT Winner: Mustang GT
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  • The Mustang GT needs around 30% less space to stop from 60mph, 104 ft vs 139 ft
  • The Mustang GT can go more than 30% faster than the Taurus SHO, 155 mph vs 115 mph
  • The Mustang GT can change direction around 10% faster, 0.88 g vs 0.81 g
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO has 2 more airbags (including Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain), 5 vs 3
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO has 6 more cupholders, 8 vs 2
  • Almost the same
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Mustang GT Winner: Mustang GT
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,845 cheaper (more than 20% less), $30,105 vs $38,950
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both the Mustang GT and Taurus SHO are quite powerful
  • Both cars are sporty, but the Mustang GT in particular is a responsive car
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
Overall 9.6 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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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 Mustang GT
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Taurus SHO; the Mustang GT only offers cloth seats

Road Tests

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 4.4 seconds The Mustang GT has lightning fast acceleration, and the Taurus SHO isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 104 ft The Mustang GT 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 12.7 s s @ 111.3 mph mph The Mustang GT's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Taurus SHO is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.88 g The Mustang GT 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 155 mph The Mustang GT can hit high speeds, but the Taurus SHO is below average for this class of vehicle

Safety Features

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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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 3 The Taurus SHO has an OK number of airbags while the Mustang GT has very few (missing Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain)
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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 Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Taurus SHO; optional upgrade on the Mustang GT
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

Ford
Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Taurus SHO has the usual number of seats, while the Mustang GT has very few
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 416 miles The Taurus SHO has OK highway range, but the Mustang GT is very limited
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 13.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 52.2 ft3 The Taurus SHO has roomy front seats and the Mustang GT 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 Mustang GT
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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

Cost

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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MSRP $38,950 vs $30,105 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 17 mpg Very inefficient 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

Performance

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM Both the Mustang GT and Taurus SHO are quite powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Taurus SHO's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 Mustang GT
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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 8.7 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the Mustang GT in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The Taurus SHO has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 33.4 ft The Mustang GT can make tight turns, but the Taurus SHO takes a little more room to navigate

Crash Test Ratings

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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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

Entertainment System

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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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 Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Mustang GT'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 No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Taurus SHO vs Charger R/T
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Ford Edge SEL Taurus SHO vs Edge SEL
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Fusion SE Taurus SHO vs Fusion SE
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Lincoln MKS Taurus SHO vs MKS
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Taurus SHO vs Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Mustang GT vs Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Mustang GT vs Charger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Mustang GT vs Camaro SS
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Mustang Shelby GT500 vs GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited Mustang GT vs Impreza WRX STI Limited

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