Compare 2011 Ford Taurus vs 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

2011 Ford Taurus
2011 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan FWD SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 18 28 $23,573 $25,420
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 28 $25,553 $27,620
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 25 $27,218 $29,470
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 28 $29,513 $32,020
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 25 $31,178 $33,870
4-Door Sedan AWD SHO 17 25 $34,913 $38,020
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 33 $20,876 $21,975
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $21,826 $22,975
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,115 $25,385
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,806 $27,165
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,573
$20,876
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,420
$21,975
Monthly Payment Estimate
$424 / month
$366 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Ford Taurus isn’t quite a game-changing sedan, but it's a handsome, solid, high-quality choice. The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.2
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
60.7 57.1
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
20.1 15.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 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)
- TBD - 11.65 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.0 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 39.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 16.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
TCK NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R17 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TCK NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60R17 P225/50R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4015 3432
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 169 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
99W LE5
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.4L/145
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 33
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.87
Trans Order Code
44J MH8
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.10 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 7.2
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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