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2012 Ford Taurus Limited

4dr Front-wheel Drive Sedan

2012 Toyota Avalon Base

4dr Sedan

2012 Ford Taurus
(2012 Ford Taurus 4dr AWD Sedan shown)
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2012 Toyota Avalon
(2012 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan shown)
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MSRP $32,155 $33,195
Destination Charge $795 $795
Invoice Price $29,625 $29,876
Total List Price $32,950 $33,990
Available Engines 263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas) 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Available Transmissions 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
Fuel Economy City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy Highway 27 mpg 28 mpg
NHTSA Crash Test Data    
Other, Overall Rollover Rating
Side - Pole, Side - Pole -
Side - Barrier, Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side - Barrier, Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Overall, Overall -
Side - Pole Barrier combined, Side - Pole Barrier combined (REAR) -
Front, Overall Front -
Side - Pole Barrier combined, Side - Pole Barrier combined (FRONT) -
Front, Driver's -
Side - Barrier, Side - Barrier -
Front, Passenger's -
Side, Overall Side -
IIHS Crash Test Data    
Moderate overlap front, Right Leg/Foot Good Acceptable
Side, Driver Torso Good Acceptable
Side, Driver Pelvis/Leg Good Good
Moderate overlap front, Restraints Good Good
Head Restraints and Seats, Seat Head/Restraint Geometry Good Good
Side, Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg Good Good
Moderate overlap front, Head/Neck Good Good
Side, Driver Head and Neck Good Good
Side, Rear Passenger Head Protection Good Good
Side, Rear Passenger Head and Neck Good Good
Side, Rear Passenger Torso Good Good
Head Restraints and Seats, Overall Rear Good Good
Moderate overlap front, Chest Good Good
Moderate overlap front, Left Leg/Foot Good Good
Head Restraints and Seats, Dynamic Rating Good Good
Moderate overlap front, Overall Front Good Good
Side, Structure/safety cage Acceptable Acceptable
Moderate overlap front, Structure/safety cage Good Good
Other, Roof Strength Good Good
Side, Overall Side Good Good
Side, Driver Head Protection Good Good
Overview 2012 Ford Taurus Limited 2012 Toyota Avalon Base
Safety Overview driver and passenger front impact airbags, rear center 3 point seatbelt, ABS brakes, immobilizer Standard:
driver and passenger front impact airbags, rear center 3 point seatbelt, ABS brakes, immobilizer
N/A Available:
immobilizer
Drive-Type Overview front wheel drive front wheel drive
Audio Overview Standard:
AM/FM/Satellite, clock, seek-scan, in-dash mounted 6-disc CD changer, MP3 decoder, 7, amplifier, window grid antenna, radio steering wheel controls
Standard:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan, in-dash mounted single CD, MP3 decoder, 9, window grid diversity antenna, radio steering wheel controls
Available:
AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan, in-dash mounted single CD, MP3 decoder
Available:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan, in-dash mounted 6-disc CD changer, MP3 decoder, 12 brand, amplifier, radio steering wheel controls
Available:
12 brand, premium amplifier, automatic equalizer, radio steering wheel controls
Available:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan, in-dash mounted 4-disc CD changer, MP3 decoder, 12 brand, amplifier, automatic equalizer, radio steering wheel controls
N/A Available:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan, in-dash mounted single CD, MP3 decoder
Interior 2012 Ford Taurus Limited 2012 Toyota Avalon Base
Air conditioning, front dual zone front automatic dual zone front automatic
Air filter Standard Standard
Underseat ducts Standard Standard
Cargo net Standard Available
Clock in-radio display in-dash
Compass Standard Standard
Cruise control Standard Standard
Adaptive cruise control Available N/A
Cup holders front and rear front and rear
Gear shift knob trim leather/chrome Standard:
leather
N/A Available:
plastic/rubber
12V DC power outlet 3 2
Ashtray Available Available
Overhead console mini with storage mini with storage
Floor console full full
Floor mats Standard:
carpeted front & rear
Available:
carpeted front & rear
Available:
rubber front & rear
N/A
Front windows power power
Rear windows power power
1-Touch Window Up driver and passenger front and rear
1-Touch Window Down driver and passenger front and rear
Programmable garage door opener Standard Standard
Instrumentation analog analog
Driver information center Standard N/A
Tachometer Standard Standard
Trip computer Standard Standard
Water temp gauge Standard Standard
Low fuel warning Standard Standard
Service interval warning Standard Standard
Exterior temperature display Standard Standard
Lighting - glovebox N/A Standard
Lighting - map lights front & rear front & rear
Lighting - dome light fade fade
Lighting - cargo light Standard Standard
Illuminated vanity mirrors driver and passenger driver and passenger
Rear window defogger Standard Standard
Rearview mirror auto-dimming day-night auto-dimming day-night
Mirrors - visor vanity mirrors driver and passenger driver and passenger
Fuel door release N/A power
Remote trunk release power power
Retained accessory power Standard Standard
Seatback storage pockets 2 2
Tilt-Wheel adjustable steering column Standard Standard
Steering wheel material leather/genuine wood Standard:
leather/metal-look
N/A Available:
plastic/vinyl
Adjustable pedals Available:
power
N/A
Seats 2012 Ford Taurus Limited 2012 Toyota Avalon Base
Front seat type bucket bucket
Seating capacity 5 passengers 5 passengers
Front seat driver direction controls 8-way power 8-way power
Front passenger seat direction controls 8-way power Standard:
4-way power
N/A Available:
8-way power
Lumbar support driver and passenger Standard:
driver
N/A Available:
passenger
Front armrests center center
Front head restraints adjustable adjustable
Heated front seats Available:
driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback
Available:
driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback
Cooled front seats Available:
driver and passenger
N/A
Memory driver Available:
driver
Rear seats 60-40 bench bench
Rear armrest Standard with pass-thru
Rear head restraints 3 - fixed 3 - adjustable
Heated rear seats Available N/A
Seat trim leather Standard:
leather
N/A Available:
cloth
Entertainment 2012 Ford Taurus Limited 2012 Toyota Avalon Base
Radio Standard:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan
Available:
AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan
N/A
CD player Standard:
in-dash mounted 6-disc
Standard:
in-dash mounted single
Available:
in-dash mounted single
Available:
in-dash mounted 6-disc
N/A Available:
in-dash mounted 4-disc
MP3 capability Standard Standard
Auxiliary audio input Standard Standard
DVD-Audio Available N/A
Steering wheel audio controls Standard Standard
Voice recognition Standard Available
Speakers Standard:
7
Standard:
9
Available:
12 brand
Available:
12 brand
Amplifier Standard:
Standard
Available
Available:
premium
N/A
Equalizer Available:
automatic
Available:
automatic
Speed-Sensitive Volume Standard Standard
Navigation system Available:
with voice activation
Available:
with voice activation
1st row LCD screen 1 1
Bluetooth Compatibility Standard Standard
Safety and Security 2012 Ford Taurus Limited 2012 Toyota Avalon Base
Airbags, frontal driver and front passenger driver and front passenger
Airbags, side impact seat mounted, driver and passenger seat mounted, driver and passenger
Airbags, side curtain curtain 1st and 2nd row curtain 1st and 2nd row
Airbags, knee protection N/A driver
Occupant sensor Standard Standard
Traction control ABS and driveline ABS and driveline
Stolen-vehicle tracking N/A Available
Height adjustable safety belts front front
Seatbelt pretensioners front front
Headlights halogen halogen
Exterior light control fully automatic fully automatic
Delay off headlamps Standard Standard
Headlight washer Standard Standard
Daytime running lights Available Standard
LED brakelights N/A Standard
Door curb lights N/A 4
Illuminated entry Standard Standard
Parking assist Standard Standard
Remote keyless entry keyfob (all doors) keyfob (all doors)
Keyless access system Available N/A
Panic alarm Standard Standard
Door locks power with 2 stage unlock power with 2 stage unlock
Rear child safety door locks Standard Standard
Content theft-deterrent alarm system Standard Standard
Ignition disable Standard Standard
First aid kit N/A Available
Blind spot sensor Available N/A
Low tire pressure warning Standard Standard
Warranty 2012 Ford Taurus Limited 2012 Toyota Avalon Base
Warranty - Basic (mths/miles) 36/36,000 36/36,000
Warranty - Power Train (mths/miles) 60/60,000 60/60,000
Warranty - Corrosion/Perforation (mths/miles) 60/unlimited 60/unlimited
Warranty - Roadside Assistance (mths/miles) 60/60,000 24/25,000
Warranty - Maintenance (mths/miles) N/A 24/25,000
Exterior 2012 Ford Taurus Limited 2012 Toyota Avalon Base
Antenna window grid window grid
Body material fully galvanized steel fully galvanized steel
Paint Standard:
clearcoat monotone
Standard:
clearcoat monotone
Available:
metallic monotone
Available:
pearlcoat monotone
Available:
tri-coat monotone
Available:
metallic monotone
Bodyside moldings N/A Available:
body-colored
Bodyside insert N/A body-colored
Grille trim chrome chrome
Fog/driving lights N/A front
Door count 4 doors 4 doors
Rear cargo door trunk trunk
Tinted windows light Standard:
light
N/A Available:
deep
Rear window type fixed fixed
Mirrors Standard:
dual power remote
dual power remote
Available:
power remote driver
N/A
Heated side mirrors Standard Standard
Mirrors, auto dimming Available:
driver
driver
Sunroof Available:
1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass
1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass
Spoiler N/A Available:
lip
Tires P255/45VR19.0 BSW performance AS Standard:
P215/55VR17.0 BSW AS
N/A Available:
P215/60VR16.0 BSW AS
N/A Available:
P225/45VR18.0 BSW AS
Wheels 19" aluminum Standard:
17" machined aluminum
N/A Available:
16" silver aluminum
N/A Available:
machined aluminum
N/A Available:
18" machined aluminum
Spare tire and wheel compact steel full-size aluminum
Windshield wipers - front variable intermittent variable intermittent
Windshield wipers - rain sensing Available N/A
Mud flaps N/A Available
Mechanical 2012 Ford Taurus Limited 2012 Toyota Avalon Base
Engine 3.5L V-6 3.5L V-6
Engine - valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Brakes 4-wheel disc 4-wheel disc
Antilock braking system (ABS) 4-wheel 4-wheel
Brake assist Standard Standard
Drive type front-wheel front-wheel
Engine block heater Available N/A
Exhaust stainless steel stainless steel
Steering rack & pinion rack & pinion
Speed sensitive steering Standard Standard
Suspension tuning regular regular
Front suspension type strut strut
Front anti-roll bar Standard Standard
Front shocks gas-pressurized gas-pressurized
Front springs coil coil
Rear suspension type multi-link strut
Rear anti-roll bar Standard Standard
Rear shocks gas-pressurized gas-pressurized
Rear springs coil coil
Electronic stability system Standard Standard
Tiptronic automatic Standard Standard
Transmission 6-spd auto w/OD 6-spd auto w/OD
Axle ratio 3.16 3.69
Remote vehicle starting system Available Available
Specifications 2012 Ford Taurus Limited 2012 Toyota Avalon Base
Exterior length 202.9 " 197.6 "
Exterior body width 76.2 " 72.8 "
Exterior height 60.7 " 58.5 "
Engine 3.5L V-6 3.5L V-6
Horsepower 263 @ 6,250 rpm 268 @ 6,200 rpm
Torque 249 @ 4,500 rpm 248 @ 4,700 rpm
SAEJ1349 AUG2004 compliant N/A Standard
Fuel economy - city 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel economy - highway 27 mpg 28 mpg
Bore-and-Stroke 3.64 / 3.41 " 3.70 / 3.27 "
Curb weight 4,015 lbs. 3,572 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) N/A 4,565 lbs.
Payload N/A 870 lbs.
Maximum Trailer Weight 1,000 lbs. 1,000 lbs.
Wheelbase 112.9 " 111.0 "
Front track 65.3 " 62.2 "
Rear track 65.5 " 61.6 "
Turning radius 19.8 ' 18.5 '
Ground clearance 5.1 " N/A
Drag coefficient N/A .28
Front legroom 41.9 " 41.3 "
Rear legroom 38.1 " 40.9 "
Front headroom 39.0 " 38.9 "
Rear headroom 37.8 " 37.5 "
Front hiproom 56.3 " 55.8 "
Rear hiproom 55.8 " 56.2 "
Front shoulder room 57.9 " 59.4 "
Rear shoulder room 56.9 " 58.2 "
Luggage volume 20.1 cu.ft. 14.4 cu.ft.
Luggage volume (max) 20.1 cu.ft. 14.4 cu.ft.
Passenger volume 102 cu.ft. 107 cu.ft.
Fuel tank 19.0 gal. 18.5 gal.