Compare 2012 Chrysler 300 vs 2012 Dodge Charger vs 2012 Ford Taurus

2012 Chrysler 300
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4-Door Sedan V6 300S AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
300 4-Door Sedan V6 300S AWD 18 27 $34,393 $36,020
300 4-Door Sedan V6 300S RWD 19 31 $32,232 $33,670
300 4-Door Sedan V6 Limited AWD 18 27 $33,473 $35,020
300 4-Door Sedan V6 Limited RWD 19 31 $31,312 $32,670
300 4-Door Sedan V6 RWD 18 27 $26,712 $27,670
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300C AWD 15 23 $38,993 $41,020
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300C Luxury Series AWD 15 23 $42,213 $44,520
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300C Luxury Series RWD 16 25 $40,052 $42,170
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300C RWD 16 25 $36,832 $38,670
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300S AWD 15 23 $39,913 $42,020
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300S RWD 16 25 $37,752 $39,670
300 4-Door Sedan V8 Mopar 12 RWD 16 25 $37,752 $39,670
300 4-Door Sedan V8 SRT8 RWD 14 23 $46,062 $47,670
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4-Door Sedan RT AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT AWD 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT Max AWD 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT Max RWD 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT Plus AWD 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT Plus RWD 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT RWD 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
Charger 4-Door Sedan Road/Track RWD 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
Charger 4-Door Sedan SE RWD 18 27 $24,677 $25,595
Charger 4-Door Sedan SRT8 RWD 14 23 $44,281 $45,925
Charger 4-Door Sedan SRT8 Super Bee RWD 14 23 $40,325 $41,625
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT AWD 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT Plus AWD 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT Plus RWD 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT RWD 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
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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

$34,393
$30,887
$31,289

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$36,020
$32,345
$34,005

Monthly Payment Estimate

$600 / month
$539 / month
$567 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.0
8.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun. Cue the Springsteen: Blue-collar virtues get the hero treatment in the 2012 Dodge Charger. 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

18 mpg 15 mpg 17 mpg

Highway

27 mpg 23 mpg 25 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Large Cars Large Car Large Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

56.1 56.1 55.8

Front Shoulder Room (in)

59.5 59.5 57.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

106.3 104.7 102.2

Second Head Room (in)

37.9 37.9 37.8

Second Shoulder Room (in)

57.7 57.7 56.9

Front Leg Room (in)

41.8 41.8 41.9

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

56.2 56.2 56.3

Second Leg Room (in)

40.1 40.1 38.1

Front Head Room (in)

38.6 38.6 39.0

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

63.4 63.4 65.3

Min Ground Clearance (in)

4.8 4.9 - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

198.6 200.3 202.9

Height, Overall (in)

59.2 58.2 60.7

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.8 63.8 65.5

Wheelbase (in)

120.2 120.2 112.9

Liftover Height (in)

30.1 - TBD - 30.4

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

75.0 74.2 76.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

16.3 16.3 20.1

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.6 x 0.9 12.6 x 0.9 13.0 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

13.6 x 1.3 13.6 x 1.0 12.4 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

19.5 19.5 19.0

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.5 16.5 17.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.7 38.7 41.0

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.1 3.1 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

TDX TDX TBQ

Front Tire Size

P235/55R19 P235/55R19 P255/45VR19

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

TDX TDX TBQ

Spare Tire Order Code

TBK TBK NA

Rear Tire Size

P235/55R19 P235/55R19 P255/45VR19

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 100 100

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 NA 150

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 1000 1000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 NA 1000

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4235 4450 4224

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

19 x 7.5 19 x 7.5 19 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

19 x 7.5 19 x 7.5 19 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

14.0 14.0 - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

730 730 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

160 160 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

260 @ 4800 395 @ 4200 249 @ 4500

Engine Order Code

ERB EZH 99W

Displacement

3.6L/220 5.7L/345 3.5L/213

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

292 @ 6350 370 @ 5250 263 @ 6250

Engine Type

Gas V6 Gas V8 Gas V6

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

27 23 25

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

18 15 17

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

21 18 20

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

2.10 1.41 1.84

Trans Type

8 5 6

Drivetrain

All-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.29 0.83 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.30 3.16 2.88

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.67 NA -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

3.14 2.19 2.87

Trans Order Code

DFG DGJ 44J

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.07 3.06 3.39

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.67 1.00 1.41

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic Automatic w/manual shift

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 NA 0.74

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.84 NA -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.71 3.59 4.48

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chrysler 300 Dodge Charger Ford Taurus

Body Style

4-Door Sedan Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

1.3 1.3 1.1

Suspension Type - Rear

Five-Link - TBD - Multi-link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Short-Long Arm - TBD - MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.6 0.6 0.8

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 3 4

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

8.7 10.4 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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