Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Taurus VS 2018 Toyota Camry Near Cleveland, GA

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2018 Ford Taurus

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2018 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

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

Both the Taurus and the Camry 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, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota 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 Camry 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’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus has more powerful engines than the Camry:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Taurus 3.5 DOHC V6

288 HP

254 lbs.-ft.

Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Taurus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Taurus SHO for maximum performance). The Camry XSE/XLE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Taurus has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Taurus has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16 gallons).

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 Camry 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 Camry:

 

Taurus

Camry

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

11.06 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 Camry are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the Camry (235/60R17 vs. 205/65R16). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (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 Camry L’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 Camry L. The Taurus’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Camry XSE.

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 Camry 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 Camry doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Camry (112.9 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Camry.

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 Camry doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Taurus is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Camry is rated a Mid-size.

The Taurus has .7 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Camry (20.1 vs. 15.1 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 Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Taurus’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Camry 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 Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Camry doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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

The Taurus Limited/SHO has standard 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 Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Taurus and the Camry 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 Camry.

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 Camry doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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

Both the Taurus and the Camry 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 Camry 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 Camry doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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