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

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

Front Head Room (in)

39.4 39.0

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

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

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.7 x - TBD - 12.4 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.0 19.0

Steering

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 -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - 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

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

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

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

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

33 25

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

22 17

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 20

Transmission

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

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 0.74

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.48 4.48

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chevrolet Malibu Ford Taurus

Body Style

4 Door Sedan Sedan

Suspension

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

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 4

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.2 9.1

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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