Compare 2012 Toyota Avalon vs 2012 Ford Taurus

2012 Toyota Avalon
2012 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 19 28 $29,876 $33,195
4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $32,792 $36,435
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,876
$23,685
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,195
$25,555
Monthly Payment Estimate
$553 / month
$426 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance. The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 56.3
Second Leg Room (in)
40.9 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 39.0
Second Hip Room (in)
56.2 55.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.4 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.9 102.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 65.5
Wheelbase (in)
111.0 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 76.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
197.6 202.9
Height, Overall (in)
58.5 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.4 20.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 13.0 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)
11.7 x - TBD - 12.4 x - TBD -
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)
18.5 19.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.22 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.9 41.0
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA TCK
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P235/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TCK
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P235/60R17
Spare Tire Size
P215/55R17 Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3572 4015
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 4700 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA 99W
Displacement
3.5L/211 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6200 263 @ 6250
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.14 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.60 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Toyota Avalon Ford Taurus
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 1.1
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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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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