2019 Ford Taurus vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Taurus and the C-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

 

Taurus

C-Class Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

62 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

421/449 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

218

246

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

32%

60%

Neck Stress

145 lbs.

147 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

219 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 Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

 

Taurus

C-Class Sedan

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

337 lbs.

452 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

284

459

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

67 G’s

Hip Force

910 lbs.

949 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

743 lbs.

769 lbs.

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

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Taurus 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the C-Class Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the C-Class Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability

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 C-Class Sedan 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 a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Ford Taurus’ reliability 39 points higher than the C-Class Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Taurus second among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The C-Class Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Taurus’ standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 33 more horsepower (288 vs. 255) than the C 300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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 C-Class Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Taurus has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Sedan (19 vs. 17.4 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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Taurus’ standard brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Sedan:

 

Taurus

C-Class Sedan

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the C-Class Sedan (235/60R17 vs. 225/50R17). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Sedan (255/45R19 vs. 225/40R19).

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

The Taurus has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the C-Class Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the C-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the C-Class Sedan (112.9 inches vs. 111.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 4.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Sedan.

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Taurus has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The C-Class Sedan uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Taurus a Large car, while the C-Class Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Taurus has 12.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Sedan (102.2 vs. 90).

The Taurus has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the C-Class Sedan (20.1 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

Towing

The Taurus has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The C-Class Sedan has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Both the Taurus and the C-Class Sedan 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 C-Class Sedan.

Economic Advantages

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 C-Class Sedan 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 C-Class Sedan because it costs $378 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the C-Class Sedan, including $94 less for a water pump, $167 less for a muffler, $29 less for front brake pads, $325 less for a starter, $166 less for fuel injection, $496 less for a fuel pump, $244 less for front struts and $303 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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