2011 Ford
Taurus SHO
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat V6 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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Leather
Standard
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Passenger power seats
Standard
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE

9.8

starting from

$29,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat V6 SE

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Moon roof
Standard
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Comparable turning radius
36.4 ft
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Good range in the city
370 miles
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Average highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Ford Taurus SHO Winner: Taurus SHO
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  • The Taurus SHO has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • The Taurus SHO offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Passat V6 SE
  • Almost the same, 54.8 ft3 vs 53.5 ft3
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Winner: Passat V6 SE
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $9,185 cheaper (more than 20% less), $29,765 vs $38,950
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Winner: Passat V6 SE
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  • The Passat V6 SE's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The Passat V6 SE needs around 10% less space to turn, 36.4 ft vs 39.7 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
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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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Practicality

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Volkswagen
Passat V6 SE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 475 miles vs 518 miles The Passat V6 SE has good highway range and the Taurus SHO is reasonable
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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 V6 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 Passat V6 SE
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Taurus SHO has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 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 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Volkswagen
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MSRP $38,950 vs $29,765 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 20 mpg The Passat V6 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

Performance

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Taurus SHO
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 280 HP @ 6,200 RPM The Taurus SHO is fairly powerful, but the Passat V6 SE 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 Passat V6 SE'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 12.3 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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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 V6 SE is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 36.4 ft The Passat V6 SE is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Taurus SHO is quite bad

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 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

Entertainment System

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Taurus SHO
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2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Volkswagen
Passat V6 SE
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Number of speakers 7 vs 6 The Taurus SHO has an OK number of speakers, while the Passat V6 SE 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 Passat V6 SE'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

Luxury Features

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Taurus SHO
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2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Volkswagen
Passat V6 SE
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Passat V6 SE'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 Not Available Leather comes standard on the Taurus SHO; the Passat V6 SE only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Volkswagen
Passat V6 SE
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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

Road Tests

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Taurus SHO
2011 Ford Taurus SHO
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Volkswagen
Passat V6 SE
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Passat TDI SEL Premium vs Golf TDI
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