Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2010 Ford Taurus VS 2010 Buick LaCrosse Near Goodyear, AZ

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2010 Ford Taurus

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2010 Buick LaCrosse

Safety Comparison

The Taurus Limited/SHO offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The LaCrosse doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Taurus and the LaCrosse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 40 percent more Ford dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Taurus has a standard 600 amp battery. The LaCrosse’s 512 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus has more powerful engines than the LaCrosse:

Horsepower

Torque

Taurus 3.5 DOHC V6

263 HP

249 lbs.-ft.

Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

LaCrosse CX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

182 HP

174 lbs.-ft.

LaCrosse 3.0 DOHC V6

255 HP

217 lbs.-ft.

LaCrosse CXS 3.6 DOHC V6

280 HP

259 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Taurus is faster than the LaCrosse CXS 3.6 DOHC V6:

Taurus V6

Taurus SHO

LaCrosse

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

5.2 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

13.7 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

103 MPH

90.3 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Taurus’ engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the LaCrosse:

Torque

Taurus 3.5 DOHC V6

4500 RPM

Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6

1500 RPM

LaCrosse CX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

4800 RPM

LaCrosse 3.0 DOHC V6

5100 RPM

LaCrosse CXS 3.6 DOHC V6

4800 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Taurus FWD gets better fuel mileage than the LaCrosse FWD:

Taurus

LaCrosse

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/28 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/27 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

The Taurus has a standard capless 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 that causes pollution. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Taurus

LaCrosse

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The Taurus stops much shorter than the LaCrosse:

Taurus

LaCrosse

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the LaCrosse (255/45R19 vs. 245/50R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taurus SHO offers optional 20-inch wheels. The LaCrosse’s largest wheels are only 19 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the LaCrosse.

The Taurus SHO AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the LaCrosse CXS pulls only .79 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 LaCrosse CXS (26.8 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Taurus has 1 inch more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the LaCrosse.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the LaCrosse (20.1 vs. 13.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Taurus. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception.

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

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

The Taurus’ optional heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The LaCrosse CX doesn’t offer heated seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Taurus Limited/SHO offers an optional adaptive cruise control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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