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 Leg Room (in)
40.1 40.1 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 38.6 39.0
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
30.1 - TBD - 30.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.0 74.2 76.2
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 16.3 20.1
Brakes
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 -
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 19.5 19.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 3.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/55R19 P235/55R19 P255/45VR19
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA 1000
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4235 4450 4224
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel Steel
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 -
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
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 18 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 15 17
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4-Door Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chrysler 300 Dodge Charger Ford Taurus
Suspension
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
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 -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 10.4 9.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 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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