2011 Ford
Taurus SHO
vs. 2011 Lincoln
MKS

2011 Lincoln MKS

9.8

Winner

Lincoln MKS

starting from

$42,375
"Good power and fuel economy from the turbocharged V6."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's performance
"Has the potential to battle for the hearts and minds of luxury car buyers."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's external styling

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKS

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Average top speed
134 mph
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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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Fast 0-60 time
5.2 seconds
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Entertainment System 8.0 vs 10.0
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKS ; but it's not available at all on the Taurus SHO
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKS 's satellite radio; in the Taurus SHO, too, but it'll cost
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO hits 60mph more than 30% faster, 5.2 seconds vs 7.5 seconds
  • More than 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 13.7 s @ 103 mph vs 15.4 s @ 90 mph
  • The Taurus SHO can change direction around 10% faster, 0.81 g vs 0.75 g
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the MKS
  • The Taurus SHO has 2 more cupholders, 8 vs 6
  • Almost the same, 475 miles vs 456 miles
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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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
Performance 10.0 vs 9.7
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
  • The Taurus SHO's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • Around 40% more powerful, 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
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
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.6 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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Number of speakers 7 vs 6 The Taurus SHO has an OK number of speakers, while the MKS has very few
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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 MKS '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 MKS has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKS ; but it's not available at all on the Taurus SHO

Road Tests

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 7.5 seconds The Taurus SHO has a good 0-60 time, but the MKS is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 139 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 13.7 s @ 103 mph vs 15.4 s @ 90 mph The Taurus SHO's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the MKS 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.75 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 115 mph vs 134 mph The MKS 's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Taurus SHO is just OK

Practicality

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 456 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 18.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Taurus SHO's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the MKS
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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 6 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Taurus SHO is particularly good
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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
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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MSRP $38,950 vs $42,375 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 50,000 mile The MKS '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 MKS 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Taurus SHO's is very short

Performance

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Taurus SHO
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2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM The Taurus SHO is fairly powerful, but the MKS 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 MKS '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 15.4 lb/hp The Taurus SHO is a sporty car, while the MKS 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 MKS is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 39.7 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Safety Features

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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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 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

Luxury Features

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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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 Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Taurus SHO vs Charger R/T
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Taurus SHO vs CTS CTS-V
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Taurus SHO vs Challenger SRT8
2011 Ford Taurus SHO 2012 Ford Mustang GT Taurus SHO vs Mustang GT
2011 Ford Taurus SE 2012 Ford Focus S Taurus SE vs Focus S
2011 Lincoln MKS 2012 Lincoln MKZ MKS vs MKZ
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost 2011 Chrysler 300 300C MKS Ecoboost vs 300 300C
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost 2011 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited MKS Ecoboost vs Town Car Signature Limited

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Scott Becker Scott Becker (2:23 AM, December 01, 2011)
A lot of this is just not accurate.  For example, both cars have moonroofs and the MKS actually has a panoramic roof as well.  I have an MKS econoboost and get 28-29 mile per gallon on the highway, but there is no mention of this.  If cost is an object, its a whole lot cheaper to buy an extended warranty than to buy the MKS because it has a longer warranty so the comments on this are inane.