Greene Ford Compares 2013 Ford Taurus VS 2013 Chrysler 300 Near Buford, GA

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2013 Ford Taurus

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2013 Chrysler 300

Safety Comparison

The Taurus (except SE) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 300 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Taurus and the 300 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 Chrysler 300:

Taurus

300

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

14 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

642/477 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

218

225

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

32%

37%

Neck Stress

145 lbs.

156 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

35 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

316/229 lbs.

415/345 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 Chrysler 300:

Taurus

300

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Movement

1.2 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

173 G’s

315 G’s

Hip Force

337 lbs.

433 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

50 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

743 lbs.

910 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Taurus comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Chrysler doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the 300.

The Taurus’ 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the 300 runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 39 percent more Ford dealers than there are Chrysler dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Taurus have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the 300.

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 300 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Taurus first among large cars in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The 300 was rated third.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 68 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Taurus SHO is faster than the Chrysler 300 V8:

Taurus

300

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Taurus 2.0 ECOBoost gets better fuel mileage than the 300 V6 RWD (22 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/31 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Taurus SHO gets better fuel mileage than the 300 V8 AWD (17 city/25 hwy vs. 15 city/23 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Taurus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the 300:

Taurus

Taurus SHO

300

300 V8/V6 AWD

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.9 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

The Taurus stops much shorter than the 300:

Taurus

300

80 to 0 MPH

216 feet

231 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the 300 (235/60R17 vs. 215/65R17). The Taurus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 300 (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R20).

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 300’s standard 65 series tires.

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 300 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the 300.

The Taurus SHO AWD handles at .88 G’s, while the 300S pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Taurus SHO AWD goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.2 MPH faster than the 300S (64.8 vs. 62.6 MPH).

The Taurus SHO AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 300 (26.8 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds).

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 300 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Taurus has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more front hip room than the 300.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the 300 (20.1 vs. 16.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the exterior keypad. The 300 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Standard SYNC for the Taurus SEL/Limited/SHO allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones so they can stay connected without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The 300 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Taurus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Taurus will cost $28 to $753 less than the 300 over a five-year period.

The Taurus will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Taurus will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the 300.

Taurus

300

Four Year

37% to 40%

30% to 34%

Two Year

52% to 55%

42% to 50%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Taurus is less expensive to operate than the 300 because it costs $133 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Taurus than the 300, including $57 less for an alternator, $16 less for front brake pads and $5 less for fuel injection.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Taurus will be $2635 to $9132 less than for the Chrysler 300.

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