Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Taurus VS 2016 Dodge Charger Near Buford, GA

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2016 Ford Taurus

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2016 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

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 Charger doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Taurus and the Charger 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge 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 some of the engines in the Charger.

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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Taurus’ reliability will be 55% better than the Charger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 24th in reliability. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Taurus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Charger R/T Scat Pack requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Taurus

Charger

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the Charger (235/60R17 vs. 215/65R17). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Charger (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 Charger SE’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 Charger 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 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Charger.

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 Charger doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Taurus has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room and 1.2 inches more rear headroom than the Charger.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Charger (20.1 vs. 16.1 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 Taurus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Charger doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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

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 Charger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Taurus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Taurus will cost $1125 to $5305 less than the Charger over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Taurus will be $3775 to $5234 less than for the Dodge Charger.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Taurus and Dodge Charger won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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