Compare 2012 Chevrolet Impala vs 2012 Ford Taurus

2012 Chevrolet Impala
2012 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan LS Retail
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
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4-Door Sedan FWD SE
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.0
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
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
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
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
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.0 19.0
Steering
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.3 17.0
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
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
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.84
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
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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