Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2016 Ford Taurus VS 2016 Hyundai Sonata Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2016 Ford Taurus

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2016 Hyundai Sonata

Safety Comparison

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

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 Sonata doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Taurus’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Sonata has a metal gas tank.

Both the Taurus and the Sonata 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Hyundai Sonata:





5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Compression

13 lbs.

49 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

198/433 lbs.



5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Compression

24 lbs.

51 lbs.

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

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 Hyundai Sonata:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Abdominal Force

173 G’s

179 G’s

Hip Force

337 lbs.

408 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

74 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

743 lbs.

773 lbs.

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

The Ford Taurus has a better fatality history. The Taurus was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 14% lower per vehicle registered than the Sonata, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

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 Sonata 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 has more powerful engines than the Sonata:



Taurus 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Taurus 3.5 DOHC V6

288 HP

254 lbs.-ft.

Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Sonata Eco 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

178 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Sonata 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Sonata 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Taurus is faster than the Hyundai Sonata:

Taurus V6

Taurus SHO

Sonata 4 cyl.

Sonata 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

5.2 sec

8.4 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

13.7 sec

16.5 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

103 MPH

86.7 MPH

88.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 Sonata 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 Sonata:



Sonata Sport 2.0T

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

12 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 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 Sonata are solid, not vented.

The Taurus stops much shorter than the Sonata:



70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the Sonata (235/60R17 vs. 205/65R16). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sonata (255/45R19 vs. 235/45R18).

The Taurus SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sonata SE/Eco’s standard 65 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 Sonata SE/Eco. The Taurus’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Sonata 2.0T.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Sonata doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the Sonata (112.9 inches vs. 110.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sonata.

The Taurus SHO AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Sonata Eco pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Taurus SHO AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Sonata Eco (26.8 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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 Sonata doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Taurus has 1 inch more front hip room, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sonata.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Sonata (20.1 vs. 16.3 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Taurus’ trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Sonata’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Taurus offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Sonata doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

On a hot day the Taurus’ driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sonata 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 Sonata doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 Sonata’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Taurus Limited/SHO to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Sonata 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 Sonata offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Taurus and the Sonata offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Taurus has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Sonata SE/Sport/Eco doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Sonata doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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