Compare 2012 Ford Taurus vs 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Ford Taurus
2012 Chevrolet Malibu
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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
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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 $21,115 $22,110
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $22,296 $23,470
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,985 $26,300
4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 17 26 $26,885 $28,300
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 22 33 $27,027 $28,600
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 17 26 $28,539 $30,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,685
$21,115
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$22,110
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$369 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests. It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 97.7
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
202.9 191.8
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)
76.2 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
65.3 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
20.1 15.1
Brakes
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)
13.0 x - TBD - 10.9 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 - 11.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.0 16.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 39.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/60R17 P225/50R17
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
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
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 -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 169 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
99W LE5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 26
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
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/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.1 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 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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