2019 Ford Taurus vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Taurus and the Continental 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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 Lincoln Continental:

 

Taurus

Continental

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

43 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

215/313 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

218

302

Neck Injury Risk

32%

35%

Neck Stress

145 lbs.

181 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

84 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, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Lincoln Continental:

 

Taurus

Continental

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

103

107

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

284

322

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

41 G’s

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

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 2 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Lincoln Continental twin turbo V6:

 

Taurus

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Taurus

Continental

 

FWD

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

AWD

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Taurus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Taurus SHO for maximum performance). The Continental requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Taurus has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Continental (19 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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 Continental are solid, not vented.

The Taurus stops shorter than the Continental:

 

Taurus

Continental

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Taurus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Continental’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Continental.

The Taurus SHO handles at .87 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Taurus SHO’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Continental’s (39.4 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The Taurus’ turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Continental’s (39.5 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Ford Taurus may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

Passenger Space

The Taurus has .4 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Continental (20.1 vs. 16.7 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Taurus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Taurus will cost $705 to $7265 less than the Continental over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Taurus is less expensive to operate than the Continental because typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the Continental, including $319 less for a muffler, $46 less for front brake pads, $52 less for a starter, $125 less for fuel injection, $75 less for a fuel pump, $311 less for front struts, $121 less for a timing belt/chain and $684 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 $12857 to $22475 less than for the Lincoln Continental.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Taurus and the Lincoln Continental, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Ford Taurus outsold the Lincoln Continental by over four to one during 2018.

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