Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Taurus VS 2018 Chevrolet Impala Near Cumming, GA

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2018 Ford Taurus

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2018 Chevrolet Impala

Safety Comparison

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

The Taurus SEL/Limited/SHO has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Impala doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Taurus and the Impala 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems 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 Chevrolet Impala:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Compression

13 lbs.

30 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

270/69 lbs.




5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Compression

24 lbs.

97 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, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Chevrolet Impala:





Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

1.2 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

173 G’s

180 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

40 G’s

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 18% lower per vehicle registered than the Impala, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus’ standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 91 more horsepower (288 vs. 197) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (254 vs. 191) than the Impala’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Taurus SHO’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 60 more horsepower (365 vs. 305) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 264) than the Impala’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Impala V6:




Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.4 sec

10.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

96.2 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 Impala 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:




Front Rotors

13.86 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

12.4 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 are solid, not vented.

The Taurus stops much shorter than the Impala:





70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Impala (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R19).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Impala (112.9 inches vs. 111.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 3.1 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Impala.

The Taurus SHO handles at .86 G’s, while the Impala LT pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

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 Impala doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Taurus SHO is quieter than the Impala LT (73 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Taurus has 1.4 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear hip room than the Impala.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Impala (20.1 vs. 18.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Taurus’ driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Impala 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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 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 “1” insurance rate while the Impala 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 because it costs $49 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the Impala, including $105 less for front brake pads, $11 less for a starter, $97 less for fuel injection, $369 less for a fuel pump and $24 less for front struts.

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