Compare 2012 Ford Taurus vs 2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Ford Taurus
2012 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan FWD SE
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 2.4L Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS 24 35 $18,971 $19,795
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic 2.4L SE 24 35 $21,952 $23,195
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic 2.0T SE 22 34 $23,400 $24,745
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,434 $25,850
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic 2.4L Limited 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic 2.4L Limited PZEV 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic 2.4L Limited PZEV w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic 2.4L Limited w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic 2.0T Limited 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic 2.0T Limited w/Wine Int 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,685
$18,971
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$19,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$330 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
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. After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.3 55.2
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
55.8 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 103.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
60.7 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.5 62.9
Wheelbase (in)
112.9 110.0
Liftover Height (in)
30.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.2 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
65.3 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
202.9 189.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
20.1 16.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 11.2 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
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 - 11.8 x 1.1
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)
19.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 14.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
TCK NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R17 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
TCK NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60R17 P205/65R16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4015 3161
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 2.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 198 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 184 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
99W NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 35
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.59
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.93
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 3.25-4.33
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.28
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.83
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.27
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.70
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.03
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Hyundai Sonata
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.1 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 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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