Compare 2003 Kia Optima vs 2003 Ford Taurus

2003 Kia Optima
2003 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $14,370 $15,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 22 30 $15,220 $16,420
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX V6 20 27 $16,310 $17,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 22 30 $16,630 $18,095
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 20 27 $17,755 $19,495
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4-Door Sedan FFV LX Standard
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FFV LX Standard 19 27 $18,198 $19,630
4-Door Sedan LX Standard 20 28 $18,198 $19,630
4-Door Sedan FFV SE Standard 19 27 $18,475 $20,155
4-Door Sedan SE Standard 20 28 $18,475 $20,155
4-Door Sedan FFV SES Standard 19 27 $19,667 $21,480
4-Door Sedan SES Standard 20 28 $19,667 $21,480
4-Door Wagon FFV SE Standard 19 26 $19,959 $21,805
4-Door Wagon SE Standard 19 26 $19,959 $21,805
4-Door Sedan SES Deluxe 20 27 $20,657 $22,580
4-Door Wagon SE Premium 19 26 $21,251 $23,240
4-Door Sedan SEL Deluxe 20 27 $21,377 $23,380
4-Door Wagon SEL Deluxe 19 26 $21,602 $23,630
4-Door Sedan SEL Premium 20 27 $21,891 $23,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,370
$18,198
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,500
$19,630
Monthly Payment Estimate
$258 / month
$327 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
43.3 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 54.5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 38.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.0 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
86.4 104.7
Second Hip Room (in)
54.4 55.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 57.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 56.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 62.1
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 108.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
185.8 197.6
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 56.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.6 17.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 8.9 x 1.5
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 18.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 2.68
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 39.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60HR15 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60HR15 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA T135/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 125
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1250
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3281 3336
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x 4
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.7 11.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
147 @ 3000 185 @ 3950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 5500 155 @ 4900
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas/Ethanol V6
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 2.77
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.46 2.26
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 1.54
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.88 3.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Ford Taurus
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - .73
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - .81
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Quadralink

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