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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan SE FWD
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 18 28 $23,323 $25,170
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 27 $25,303 $27,370
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 25 $26,968 $29,200
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 27 $29,263 $31,770
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 25 $30,928 $33,620
4-Door Sedan AWD SHO 17 25 $34,663 $37,770
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 30 $20,416 $21,605
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 30 $21,267 $22,505
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,346 $24,705
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 26 34 $24,149 $25,555
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,401 $26,880
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,323
$20,416
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,170
$21,605
Monthly Payment Estimate
$420 / month
$360 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 Ford Taurus punches up Ford’s reputation for quality and features, with an engaging new SHO model to boost. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 18 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 53.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 42.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 56.3 53.0
Second Leg Room (in) 38.1 37.6
Front Head Room (in) 39.0 39.4
Second Hip Room (in) 55.8 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.9 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.2 97.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 65.5 60.0
Wheelbase (in) 112.9 112.3
Liftover Height (in) 30.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 85.7 70.3
Track Width, Front (in) 65.3 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 202.9 191.8
Height, Overall (in) 60.7 57.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 20.1 15.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x - TBD - 10.87 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) 12.4 x - TBD - 11.65 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20 16
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.15 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.1 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 41.0 40.4
Tires
Front Tire Order Code TCK - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P235/60R17 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code TCK - TBD -
Front Tire Size P235/60R17 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4015 3415
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System SMPI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 249 @ 4500 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code 99W LE5
Displacement 3.5L/213 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 263 @ 6250 169 @ 6400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 30
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.88 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.87 1.62
Trans Order Code 44J MN5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.77 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 0.68
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.48 2.95
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.00
Trans Type 6 4
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Ford Taurus Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.83 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.10 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear Independent multi-link 4-Link Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.5 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 7
 
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