Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Taurus VS 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Taurus

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Taurus are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Malibu doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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

Both the Taurus and the Malibu have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Ford Taurus weighs 576 to 1257 pounds more than the Chevrolet Malibu. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 Malibu:







5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

313 lbs.

937 lbs.

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

29 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

186/153 lbs.




5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

145 lbs.

173 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

62 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 29 percent more Ford dealers than there are Chevrolet dealers, which makes it 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 Malibu doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus has more powerful engines than the Malibu:




Taurus 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Taurus 3.5 DOHC V6

288 HP

254 lbs.-ft.

Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Malibu 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

160 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Malibu Premier 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Taurus V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Malibu 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

84.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Taurus has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Malibu 1.5 Turbo’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 13 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Taurus has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Malibu 2.0 Turbo’s optional fuel tank (19 vs. 15.8 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 Malibu 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 Malibu:




Front Rotors

13.86 inches

11.8 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 Malibu are solid, not vented.

The Taurus stops shorter than the Malibu:





70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the Malibu (235/60R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Malibu (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taurus SE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Malibu L/LS. The Taurus’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Malibu Premier.

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 Malibu 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 Malibu doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Malibu (112.9 inches vs. 111.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the Malibu.

The Taurus SHO handles at .87 G’s, while the Malibu LT pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Taurus SHO executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Malibu LT (26.8 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Taurus has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 2.4 inches more rear hip room than the Malibu.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Malibu (20.1 vs. 15.8 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 Malibu’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Taurus’ driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Malibu’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

On a hot day the Taurus’ driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Malibu 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 Malibu 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 Malibu’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the Taurus Limited/SHO to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Malibu 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 Malibu offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Taurus and the Malibu 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 Malibu.

Both the Taurus and the Malibu 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 Malibu L/LS doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Taurus, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Chevrolet only offers wireless connectivity on the Malibu LS/LT/Premier.

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 Malibu is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Taurus is less expensive to operate than the Malibu because typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the Malibu, including $125 less for front brake pads, $250 less for fuel injection, $187 less for a fuel pump and $217 less for front struts.

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