Compare 2013 Ford Taurus vs 2013 Mazda MAZDA6

2013 Ford Taurus
2013 Mazda MAZDA6
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4-Door Sedan SE FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 19 29 $24,631 $26,700
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 19 29 $26,660 $28,900
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 18 26 $28,368 $30,750
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 19 29 $30,535 $33,100
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 18 26 $32,243 $34,950
4-Door Sedan AWD SHO 17 25 $36,254 $39,300
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 30 $19,575 $20,725
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 21 30 $20,517 $21,725
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 21 30 $22,071 $23,370
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 21 30 $23,769 $25,170
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 21 30 $26,204 $27,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $28,316 $29,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,631
$19,575
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,700
$20,725
Monthly Payment Estimate
$445 / month
$345 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Ford Taurus gets improved performance and is more of a technology and luxury flagship than ever--although its 'smaller inside' packaging continues to limit its appeal. The 2013 Mazda6 is a little more enjoyable to drive than other mid-size sedans, and its roomy, comfortable interior is another advantage, but it's behind the curve in occupant safety and tech features.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.100 38.000
Front Head Room (in)
39.000 39.400
Second Hip Room (in)
55.800 55.900
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.900 57.300
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.200 101.900
Second Head Room (in)
37.800 37.300
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.900 56.500
Front Leg Room (in)
41.900 42.500
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.300 55.100
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
30.400 NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.200 72.400
Track Width, Front (in)
65.300 62.800
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.100
Length, Overall (in)
202.900 193.700
Height, Overall (in)
60.700 57.900
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.500 62.400
Wheelbase (in)
112.900 109.800
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
20.100 16.600
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.860 x - TBD - 11.800 x - TBD -
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)
13.860 x - TBD - 11.000 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.000 18.500
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.930
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.000 16.200
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.500 35.400
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R17 P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
TCK NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60R17 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
TCK NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4037 3268
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16.0 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16.0 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16.0 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.900
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 590
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 4000 167 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
998 NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
288 @ 6500 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 21
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.414 0.970
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.742 0.680
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.484 3.454
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.842 1.310
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 0.795
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.882 3.198
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.872 1.842
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.770 4.388
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Mazda Mazda6
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.827 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.102 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 7.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - - TBD -
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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