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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LS Retail
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS Retail 18 30 $24,729 $25,760
4-Door Sedan LT Retail 18 30 $26,193 $27,285
4-Door Sedan LTZ 18 30 $29,088 $30,300
4-Door Sedan SE FWD
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Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 18 28 $23,685 $25,555
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 27 $25,665 $27,755
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 25 $27,329 $29,605
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 27 $29,625 $32,155
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 25 $31,289 $34,005
4-Door Sedan AWD SHO 17 25 $35,025 $38,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,729
$23,685
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,760
$25,555
Monthly Payment Estimate
$429 / month
$426 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Impala has a dated design and lacks excitement, but a stronger, smoother powertrain should make its simple layout and excellent interior space more palatable. The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.6 56.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 56.4 56.3
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 38.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 39.0
Second Hip Room (in) 57.2 55.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.5 102.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 200.4 202.9
Height, Overall (in) 58.7 60.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.5 65.5
Wheelbase (in) 110.5 112.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 30.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.9 76.2
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 65.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 18.6 20.1
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.94 x 0.43 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.93 x 1.18 12.4 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.0 19.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 13.3 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.0 41.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/60R16 P235/60R17
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code QPX TCK
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/60R16 P235/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code QPX TCK
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3555 4015
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 125 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 3.6L/217 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 300 @ 6500 263 @ 6250
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 262 @ 5300 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code LFX 99W
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.80 1.84
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.90 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.90 2.87
Trans Order Code MX0 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.77 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.40 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.50 4.48
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.18 1.1
Suspension Type - Rear Tri-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Touring w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.63 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Touring w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 8.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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