Compare 2012 Ford Taurus vs 2012 Toyota Avalon

2012 Ford Taurus
2012 Toyota Avalon
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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
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avalon 4-Door Sedan 19 28 $29,876 $33,195
Avalon 4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $32,792 $36,435

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Invoice Price

$31,289
$29,876

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,005
$33,195

Monthly Payment Estimate

$567 / month
$553 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.0
8.0

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. A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance.

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Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

25 mpg 28 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Large Cars Large

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

55.8 56.2

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.9 59.4

Passenger Volume (ft³)

102.2 106.9

Second Head Room (in)

37.8 37.5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.9 58.2

Front Leg Room (in)

41.9 41.3

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

56.3 55.8

Second Leg Room (in)

38.1 40.9

Front Head Room (in)

39.0 38.9

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

65.3 62.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.3

Length, Overall (in)

202.9 197.6

Height, Overall (in)

60.7 58.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

65.5 61.6

Wheelbase (in)

112.9 111.0

Liftover Height (in)

30.4 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

76.2 72.8

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

20.1 14.4

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 - 11.1 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)

12.4 x - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

19.0 18.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

17.0 16.1

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

41.0 36.9

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 3.22

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

TBQ NA

Front Tire Size

P255/45VR19 P215/55R17

Spare Tire Size

Compact P215/55R17

Front Tire Order Code

TBQ NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P255/45VR19 P215/55R17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 100

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 1000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4224 3572

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

19 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact 17 x 7.0

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

19 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

249 @ 4500 248 @ 4700

Engine Order Code

99W NA

Displacement

3.5L/213 3.5L/211

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

263 @ 6250 268 @ 6200

Engine Type

Gas V6 Gas V6

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

25 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 19

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

20 23

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.84 1.42

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.88 4.14

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.87 1.90

Trans Order Code

44J NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.39 3.68

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/manual shift Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 0.60

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.48 3.30

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Taurus Toyota Avalon

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 Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.8 0.59

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 - TBD -

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

9.1 8.0

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

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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

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Rollover Rating

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