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 Leg Room (in)
38.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.0 38.2
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
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.2 72.2
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
20.1 16.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x - TBD - 11.8 x 1.1
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.0 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/45VR19 P225/45R18
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4224 3452
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
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
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
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.65
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Hyundai Sonata
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.1 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 6
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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