Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2016 Ford Taurus VS 2016 Chevrolet Impala Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2016 Ford Taurus

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2016 Chevrolet Impala

Safety Comparison

The Taurus Limited/SHO offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Impala Limited doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Taurus offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Taurus SEL/Limited/SHO has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Taurus also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Taurus and the Impala Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Chevrolet Impala Limited:

Taurus

Impala Limited

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

223

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

239 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

47/216 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

218

236

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

32%

39%

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

59 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

316/229 lbs.

698/316 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Taurus is safer than the Impala Limited:

Taurus

Impala Limited

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Criteria

131

293

Thoracic Trauma

30

55

Pelvis Deceleration

45 G’s

99 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Criteria

199

639

Thoracic Trauma

51

64

Pelvis Deceleration

61 G’s

65 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results. This test not comparable with those after 2010.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Chevrolet Impala Limited:

Taurus

Impala Limited

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

103

130

Chest Movement

1.2 inches

1.7 inches

Abdominal Force

173 G’s

238 G’s

Hip Force

337 lbs.

515 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

284

350

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

58 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

63 G’s

Hip Force

743 lbs.

765 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Taurus earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Taurus’ weight before being crushed five inches. The Impala Limited was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Taurus with leather seats is safer then the Impala Limited:

Taurus

Impala Limited

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

20 mm

42 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

27 mm

46 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Neck Force Rating

Low

Low

Max Neck Shearing Force

42

57

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

The Ford Taurus has a better fatality history. The Taurus was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 15% lower per vehicle registered than the Impala Limited, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Taurus’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Impala Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The Taurus has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus’ optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 262) than the Impala Limited’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Taurus SHO’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 65 more horsepower (365 vs. 300) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 262) than the Impala Limited’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Taurus has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Impala Limited (19 vs. 17.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Taurus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Taurus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Impala Limited:

Taurus

Impala Limited

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

11.93 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

10.95 inches

The Taurus SHO’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Impala Limited are solid, not vented.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Taurus has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the Impala Limited (235/60R17 vs. 225/55R17). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Impala Limited (255/45R19 vs. 235/50R18).

The Taurus Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Impala Limited LTZ’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taurus SE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Impala Limited. The Taurus’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Impala Limited LTZ.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Taurus has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Taurus SHO’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Impala Limited (112.9 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than on the Impala Limited.

For better maneuverability, the Taurus SHO’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Impala Limited LTZ’s (39.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Taurus has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Impala Limited uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The front grille of the Taurus (except SHO) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Impala Limited (20.1 vs. 18.6 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Taurus. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Taurus Limited/SHO offers a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Taurus Limited/SHO, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), foot pedal distance and outside mirror angle. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Taurus’ standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Impala Limited’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Taurus Limited/SHO’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes.

On a hot day the Taurus’ driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Impala Limited can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Taurus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access optional on the Taurus (except SE) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Impala Limited doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Impala Limited’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Taurus Limited/SHO detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Taurus Limited/SHO to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Taurus offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Impala Limited offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Taurus and the Impala Limited offer available heated front seats. The Taurus Limited/SHO also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Impala Limited.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Taurus Limited/SHO keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Taurus SEL/Limited/SHO’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Taurus has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Taurus Limited/SHO offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Taurus allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Taurus SEL/Limited/SHO’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Impala Limited’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With standard SYNC, the Taurus SEL/Limited/SHO offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Taurus owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Taurus with a number “3” insurance rate while the Impala Limited is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Taurus is less expensive to operate than the Impala Limited because typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the Impala Limited, including $145 less for an alternator, $106 less for front brake pads, $16 less for a starter, $177 less for fuel injection, $206 less for a fuel pump, $108 less for front struts and $1131 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Taurus won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Chevrolet Impala Limited didn't win any award.

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