Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Ford Taurus VS 2014 Mazda 6 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Ford Taurus

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2014 Mazda 6

Safety Comparison

The Taurus offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

Both the Taurus and the Mazda 6 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Ford Taurus weighs 783 to 1185 pounds more than the Mazda 6. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Taurus as a “Top Pick” for 2013, a rating only granted to 142 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mazda 6 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mazda 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 Mazda 6 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 rated the Taurus first among large cars in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The Mazda 6 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus’ optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (240 vs. 184) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 185) than the Mazda 6’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Taurus’ standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 104 more horsepower (288 vs. 184) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (254 vs. 185) than the Mazda 6’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Taurus SHO’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 181 more horsepower (365 vs. 184) and 165 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 185) than the Mazda 6’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Taurus has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mazda 6 (19 vs. 16.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6:

Taurus

Taurus SHO

6

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.9 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

10.9 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 Mazda 6 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the Mazda 6 (235/60R17 vs. 225/55R17). The Taurus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 6 (255/45R19 vs. 225/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taurus SHO offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Mazda 6’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 (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 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mazda 6.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Taurus is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Mazda 6 is rated a Mid-size.

The Taurus has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mazda 6 (102.2 vs. 99.7).

The Taurus has .6 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mazda 6.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Mazda 6 (20.1 vs. 14.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Taurus. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s standard easy entry system 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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Taurus and the Mazda 6 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Taurus is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mazda 6 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Mazda 6’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

On a hot day the Taurus’ driver can lower the front windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote (Taurus Limited/SHO). The driver of the Mazda 6 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 exterior keypad. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Taurus has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Mazda 6 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Both the Taurus and the Mazda 6 offer available heated front seats. The Taurus Limited/SHO also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Mazda 6.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Both the Taurus and the Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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