Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Taurus VS 2017 Buick LaCrosse Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Taurus

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2017 Buick LaCrosse

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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Taurus and the LaCrosse 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, 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 51 percent more Ford dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus SHO’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (365 vs. 310) and 82 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 268) than the LaCrosse’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Buick LaCrosse:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

97.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Taurus has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the LaCrosse FWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Taurus has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the LaCrosse AWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

13.86 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

11.3 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 LaCrosse are solid, not vented.

The Taurus stops shorter than the LaCrosse:





70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

173 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 LaCrosse (255/45R19 vs. 245/40R20).

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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the LaCrosse.

The Taurus SHO handles at .86 G’s, while the LaCrosse Essence pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Taurus has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the LaCrosse.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the LaCrosse (20.1 vs. 15 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 LaCrosse’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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

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 LaCrosse 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 LaCrosse 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.

Intelligent Access optional on the Taurus (except SE) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Buick LaCrosse’s Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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 LaCrosse’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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Taurus and the LaCrosse 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 LaCrosse.

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 LaCrosse is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Taurus outsold the Buick LaCrosse by 54% during the 2016 model year.

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