Compare 2012 Chrysler 300 vs 2012 Ford Taurus

2012 Chrysler 300
2012 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan V6 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan V6 RWD 18 27 $26,712 $27,670
4-Door Sedan V6 RWD Limited 19 31 $31,312 $32,670
4-Door Sedan V6 RWD 300S 19 31 $32,232 $33,670
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD Limited 18 27 $33,473 $35,020
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD 300S 18 27 $34,393 $36,020
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD 300C 16 25 $36,832 $38,670
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD 300S 16 25 $37,752 $39,670
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD Mopar 12 16 25 $37,752 $39,670
4-Door Sedan V8 AWD 300C 15 23 $38,993 $41,020
4-Door Sedan V8 AWD 300S 15 23 $39,913 $42,020
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD 300C Luxury Series 16 25 $40,052 $42,170
4-Door Sedan V8 AWD 300C Luxury Series 15 23 $42,213 $44,520
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD SRT8 14 23 $46,062 $47,670
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4-Door Sedan SE FWD
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
$26,712
$23,685
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,670
$25,555
Monthly Payment Estimate
$461 / month
$426 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun. 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
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.2 56.3
Second Leg Room (in)
40.1 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 39.0
Second Hip Room (in)
56.1 55.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.3 102.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
198.6 202.9
Height, Overall (in)
58.4 60.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 65.5
Wheelbase (in)
120.2 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
30.1 30.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.0 76.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.4 65.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 20.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.4 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)
12.6 x 1.1 12.4 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 19.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 41.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.5 17.0
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/65R17 P235/60R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TW1 TCK
Spare Tire Order Code
TBG NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/65R17 P235/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TW1 TCK
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3999 4015
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
730 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
292 @ 6350 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4800 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
ERB 99W
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
Transmission
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 2.88
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.87
Trans Order Code
DGJ 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 4.48
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.84
Summary
Body Style
4-Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chrysler 300 Ford Taurus
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.0 1.1
Suspension Type - Rear
Five-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Short-Long Arm MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.5 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs 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
8.7 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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