Compare 2012 Ford Taurus vs 2012 Honda Accord Sedan

2012 Ford Taurus
2012 Honda Accord Sedan
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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 I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Manual LX 23 34 $19,666 $21,480
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
4-Door I4 Automatic LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Automatic SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Manual EX 23 34 $22,334 $24,405
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 20 30 $25,048 $27,380
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 20 30 $27,191 $29,730
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 20 30 $29,198 $31,930
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,685
$19,666
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$21,480
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
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. Though the 2012 Honda Accord now has one of the more dated four-door sedan designs--and Bluetooth connectivity remains hard to get--its comfortable interior and perky, refined performance hit the sweet spot for families.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.3 56.6
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.0 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
55.8 54.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 58.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 106.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
202.9 194.9
Height, Overall (in)
60.7 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.5 62.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.9 110.2
Liftover Height (in)
30.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.2 72.7
Track Width, Front (in)
65.3 62.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
20.1 14.7
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 - 11.1 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 - 11.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 13.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 37.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/60R17 P215/60HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TCK NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R17 P215/60HR16
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 3217
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 440
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 177 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 161 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
99W NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 34
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.15
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.53
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.77
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 0.87
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.26
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Honda Accord Sdn
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.1 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 6.7
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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