2011 Ford
Taurus SHO
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat TDI SEL Premium

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

10.0

starting from

$32,965

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

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Fantastic range on the highway
796 miles
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
43 mpg
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Fantastic range in the city
574 miles
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Good city fuel efficiency
31 mpg
2011 Ford Taurus SHO

9.4

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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Sporty performance
12.0 lb/hp
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Quite powerful
365 HP @ 5,500 RPM
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CD changer
Standard
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
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  • Gets more than 80% more miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $5,985 cheaper (around 20% less), $32,965 vs $38,950
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.4 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Passat TDI SEL Premium's standard 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

Cost

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Taurus SHO
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MSRP $38,950 vs $32,965 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 31 mpg The Passat TDI SEL Premium 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

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Taurus SHO
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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Taurus SHO
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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

Performance

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Taurus SHO
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM The Taurus SHO is fairly powerful, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium 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 Passat TDI SEL Premium'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 Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.0 lb/hp vs 24.3 lb/hp The Taurus SHO is a sporty car, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium 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 Passat TDI SEL Premium is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 36.4 ft The Passat TDI SEL Premium is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad

Practicality

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Taurus SHO
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 796 miles The Passat TDI SEL Premium gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Taurus SHO gets OK distance
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Cargo space 20.1 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 53.5 ft3 The Taurus SHO has roomy front seats and the Passat TDI SEL Premium 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 Standard The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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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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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 Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Passat TDI SEL Premium; no amount of money can buy it on the Taurus SHO

Road Tests

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Taurus SHO
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 13.7 s @ 103 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

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