Compare 2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2012 Ford Taurus

2012 Chevrolet Malibu
2012 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 33 $21,115 $22,110
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $22,296 $23,470
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,985 $26,300
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 17 26 $26,885 $28,300
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 22 33 $27,027 $28,600
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 17 26 $28,539 $30,200
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4-Door Sedan Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited AWD 17 25 $31,289 $34,005
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited FWD 18 27 $29,625 $32,155
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 18 28 $23,685 $25,555
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 17 25 $27,329 $29,605
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 18 27 $25,665 $27,755
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SHO AWD 17 25 $35,025 $38,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,115
$31,289
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,110
$34,005
Monthly Payment Estimate
$369 / month
$567 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette. 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
22 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 55.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 102.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 56.3
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 38.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 202.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 60.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 65.5
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 76.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 20.1
Brakes
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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 13.0 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)
16.0 19.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 41.0
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TBQ
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P255/45VR19
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TBQ
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P255/45VR19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3432 4224
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LE5 99W
Displacement
2.4L/145 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 17
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.87
Trans Order Code
MH8 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Taurus
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 1.1
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.8
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 9.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 4
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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