2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Ford Taurus

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Ford Taurus doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Taurus doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry has standard Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Taurus offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Taurus doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry XLE/XSE has a standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Taurus doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Toyota Camry has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Taurus doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Taurus only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Camry and the Taurus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 blind spot warning systems 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 Toyota Camry is safer than the Ford Taurus:

 

Camry

Taurus

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

182

Neck Injury Risk

20%

31%

Neck Stress

262 lbs.

313 lbs.

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

13 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

32%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

145 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Taurus:

 

Camry

Taurus

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.35/.42

1.19/.41

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 Toyota Camry is safer than the Ford Taurus:

 

Camry

Taurus

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

173 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

337 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

752 lbs.

910 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

18 inches

HIC

164

376

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

743 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Taurus was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Taurus.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

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

 

Camry

Taurus

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.6 sec

11.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.6 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Camry

 

FWD

L 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/41 hwy

 

 

LE/SE/XLE/XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/39 hwy

 

 

XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/33 hwy

 

 

XSE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

Taurus

 

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

SHO 3.5 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Camry, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Taurus.

Tires and Wheels

The Camry XSE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Taurus Limited’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the Taurus Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Taurus SEL (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Taurus SHO’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.4 feet). The Camry SE/XLE/XSE’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Taurus’ (38 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 pounds less than the Ford Taurus.

The Camry L/LE/XLE is 10.8 inches shorter than the Taurus, making the Camry easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the Taurus SHO:

 

Camry

Taurus

At idle

41 dB

47 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

70 dB

Ergonomics

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Taurus doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camry’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Taurus’ passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Camry the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Taurus can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Taurus doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Camry’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Taurus’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Taurus’ headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 35.88% to 48.63% of its original price after five years, while the Taurus only retains 38.46% to 44.28%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the Taurus because it costs $45 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the Taurus, including $115 less for a water pump and $372 less for a muffler.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $10495 to $10574 less than for the Ford Taurus.

Recommendations

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Camry

Taurus

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Toyota Camry outsold the Ford Taurus by almost 10 to one during 2018.

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