Compare 2012 Ford Taurus vs 2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Ford Taurus
2012 Hyundai Sonata
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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
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 22 34 $23,400 $24,745
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,434 $25,850
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $21,952 $23,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS 24 35 $18,971 $19,795

Pricing

Invoice Price

$31,289
$26,345

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,005
$28,195

Monthly Payment Estimate

$567 / month
$470 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.0
8.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests. After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.

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Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 22 mpg

Highway

25 mpg 34 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Large Cars Large Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

55.8 54.9

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.9 57.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

102.2 103.8

Second Head Room (in)

37.8 37.2

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.9 56.7

Front Leg Room (in)

41.9 45.5

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

56.3 55.2

Second Leg Room (in)

38.1 34.6

Front Head Room (in)

39.0 38.2

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

65.3 62.5

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.5

Length, Overall (in)

202.9 189.8

Height, Overall (in)

60.7 57.9

Track Width, Rear (in)

65.5 62.5

Wheelbase (in)

112.9 110.0

Liftover Height (in)

30.4 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

76.2 72.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

20.1 16.4

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)

13.0 x - TBD - 11.2 x 0.4

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr-Assisted

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.4 x - TBD - 11.8 x 1.1

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

19.0 18.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

17.0 14.5

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

41.0 35.8

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.94

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

TBQ NA

Front Tire Size

P255/45VR19 P225/45R18

Spare Tire Size

Compact T125/80D16

Front Tire Order Code

TBQ NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P255/45VR19 P225/45R18

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4224 3452

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

19 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

19 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 2.8

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 110

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

249 @ 4500 269 @ 1750-4500

Engine Order Code

99W NA

Displacement

3.5L/213 2.0L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

263 @ 6250 274 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

25 34

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 22

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

20 26

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.84 1.84

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.88 3.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.87 2.83

Trans Order Code

44J NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.39 2.89

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 1.39

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 0.77

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.48 4.65

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Taurus Hyundai Sonata

Body Style

Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

1.1 0.94

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut MacPherson

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.8 0.59

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 6

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

9.1 7.1

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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