Compare 2008 Ford Taurus vs 2009 Chevrolet Impala

2008 Ford Taurus
2009 Chevrolet Impala
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4-Door Sedan FWD SEL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 28 $21,801 $23,635
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 24 $23,467 $25,485
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 28 $25,388 $27,620
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 24 $27,053 $29,470
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 19 29 $22,719 $23,790
4-Door Sedan 3.5L LT 19 29 $23,535 $24,645
4-Door Sedan 3.9L LT 17 27 $25,890 $27,110
4-Door Sedan LTZ 17 27 $28,296 $29,630
4-Door Sedan SS 16 24 $29,733 $31,135
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,801
$22,719
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,635
$23,790
Monthly Payment Estimate
$394 / month
$397 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement. If you’re in the market for a comfortable sedan with lots of space at a reasonable price, the 2009 Chevrolet Impala is a practical but not exciting choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 58.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 56.4
Second Leg Room (in)
41.2 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 39.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.0 104.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.6 57.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 58.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.8 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
61.5 58.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 61.5
Wheelbase (in)
112.9 110.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.5 72.9
Track Width, Front (in)
64.3 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
201.8 200.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
21.2 18.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 10.94 x 0.43
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)
- TBD - 11.93 x 1.18
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.5 17
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 38
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.15 2.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 13.3
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA QPX
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R17 P225/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QPX
Front Tire Size
P215/60R17 P225/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3741 3555
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 11.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 125
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 214 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
99W LZE
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.5L/214
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 211 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 2.86
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 2.92
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.00
Trans Type
6 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.56
Trans Order Code
44J MX0
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan LS
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Chevrolet Impala
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Tri-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Coil over shock Touring
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson strut Touring
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 1.18
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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