Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Ford Taurus VS 2016 Cadillac XTS Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Ford Taurus

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2016 Cadillac XTS

Safety Comparison

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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 XTS doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Taurus and the XTS 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, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Cadillac XTS:

Taurus

XTS

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

206

Neck Stress

313 lbs.

378 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

235/286 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

218

307

Neck Injury Risk

32%

34%

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

56 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Cadillac XTS:

Taurus

XTS

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

103

115

Hip Force

337 lbs.

339 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

42 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

376

393

Hip Force

743 lbs.

779 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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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 XTS doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Taurus’ reliability will be 47% better than the XTS.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Taurus V6 is faster than the Cadillac XTS V6:

Taurus

XTS

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

92.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Taurus

XTS

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/29 hwy

18 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

AWD

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

3.5 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.6 turbo V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Taurus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The XTS Vsport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Taurus

XTS

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

12.4 inches

The Taurus stops much shorter than the XTS:

Taurus

XTS

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XTS (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R19).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Taurus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Taurus flat and controlled during cornering. The XTS’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 XTS doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the XTS (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 XTS.

The Taurus SHO AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the XTS AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Taurus SHO AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XTS AWD (26.8 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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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 XTS doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Taurus SHO AWD is quieter than the XTS (73 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Taurus has 1.2 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the XTS.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the XTS (20.1 vs. 18 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 XTS 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Taurus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Taurus will cost $1890 to $7960 less than the XTS over a five-year period.

The Taurus will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Taurus will retain 41.48% to 45.91% of its original price after five years, while the XTS only retains 34.69% to 36.83%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Taurus is less expensive to operate than the XTS because typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the XTS, including $145 less for an alternator, $145 less for front brake pads, $16 less for a starter, $177 less for fuel injection, $206 less for a fuel pump, $108 less for front struts and $1131 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Taurus will be $18989 to $32293 less than for the Cadillac XTS.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both the Ford Taurus and Cadillac XTS won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Ford Taurus outsold the Cadillac XTS by over two to one during the 2015 model year.

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