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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 $23,685 $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
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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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 LTZ w/1LZ 22 33 $27,027 $28,600
4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 17 26 $26,885 $28,300
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
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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
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - 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
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
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
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 - City (MPG) 18 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 33
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
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
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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