Compare 2009 Chevrolet Impala vs 2008 Ford Taurus

2009 Chevrolet Impala
2008 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 19 29 $22,719 $23,790
4-Door Sedan 3.5L LT 19 29 $23,535 $24,645
4-Door Sedan 3.9L LT 17 27 $25,890 $27,110
4-Door Sedan LTZ 17 27 $28,296 $29,630
4-Door Sedan SS 16 24 $29,733 $31,135
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4-Door Sedan FWD SEL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 28 $21,801 $23,635
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 24 $23,467 $25,485
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 28 $25,388 $27,620
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 24 $27,053 $29,470
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,719
$21,801
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,790
$23,635
Monthly Payment Estimate
$397 / month
$394 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you’re in the market for a comfortable sedan with lots of space at a reasonable price, the 2009 Chevrolet Impala is a practical but not exciting choice. A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
57.2 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 57.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.6 57.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
56.4 53.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.5 108.0
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 41.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 64.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
200.4 201.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.7 61.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.5 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.9 74.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
18.6 21.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.93 x 1.18 - 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)
10.94 x 0.43 - 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)
17 20.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.3 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.4 3.15
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QPX NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60R16 P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPX NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R16 P215/60R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
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)
3555 3741
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
125 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 5800 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
214 @ 4000 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LZE 99W
Displacement
3.5L/214 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 28
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.38 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 2.87
Trans Order Code
MX0 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.84
Trans Type
4 6
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan LS 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Tri-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Touring Coil over shock
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Touring MacPherson strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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