Compare 2012 Dodge Charger vs 2012 Ford Taurus

2012 Dodge Charger
2012 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan RWD SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD SE 18 27 $24,677 $25,595
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT Plus 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
4-Door Sedan RWD Road/Track 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT Max 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT Plus 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT Plus 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
4-Door Sedan AWD RT 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan AWD RT Max 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan AWD RT Plus 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 Super Bee 14 23 $40,325 $41,625
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 14 23 $44,281 $45,925
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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
$24,677
$23,685
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,595
$25,555
Monthly Payment Estimate
$427 / month
$426 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Cue the Springsteen: Blue-collar virtues get the hero treatment in the 2012 Dodge Charger. 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 Car Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
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)
104.7 102.2
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
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 76.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.4 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
200.3 202.9
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 60.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 65.5
Wheelbase (in)
120.2 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 20.1
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 19.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.4 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 41.0
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/65R17 P235/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TW1 TCK
Front Tire Size
P215/65R17 P235/60R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TW1 TCK
Spare Tire Order Code
TBG NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3961 4015
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
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
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4800 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
ERB 99W
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
292 @ 6350 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.84
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 Automatic w/manual shift
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Charger Ford Taurus
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.6 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.1 1.1
Suspension Type - Rear
- TBD - Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
- TBD - MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5
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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