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  • 2008 Ford Taurus

  • 2008 Buick Lucerne

  • 2009 Chevrolet Impala

    #12 in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $23,635
    • $27,275
    • $23,790
    • Avg. Paid
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • $4,078

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 8.6 /10
    • 8.1 /10
    • 7.3 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 8.5 /10
    • 7.9 /10
    • 7.1 /10
    • Performance
    • 7.3 /10
    • 7.1 /10
    • 6.8 /10
    • Interior
    • 8.1 /10
    • 8.0 /10
    • 7.1 /10
    • Safety
    • 9.8 /10
    • 8.1 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • Reliability
    • 4.5 /5
    • 5.0 /5
    • 3.0 /5
    • Cost to Own
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • 9.4 /10

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Massive trunk space and plentiful legroom for its class
      • Top-notch crash test scores
      • Most appreciate new exterior restyling
      • Good fuel efficiency for this class
      • Comfortable, quiet ride
      • Clean and uncluttered interior layout
      • Exceptionally spacious interior with loads of backseat room
      • Classic, American exterior styling
      • More available safety features for 2008
      • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
      • Available front bench seat
      • Comfortable ride
    • Cons
      • Acceleration still lagging after engine improvements
      • Some find interior controls complicated
      • Less than stellar passing power
      • May lack luxury options and contemporary appeal of other sedan competitors
      • Very large turning radius and noticeably soft brakes
      • Dated four-speed automatic transmission
      • Subpar handling
      • Poor-quality interior

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Automatic
    • Automatic
    • Automatic
    • Drivetrain
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas V6 3.5L/213
    • Gas V6 3.8L/231
    • Gas/Ethanol V6 3.5L/214
    • MPG
    • 18 City / 28 Hwy
    • 16 City / 25 Hwy
    • 19 City / 29 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 4 Door Sedan
    • 4 Dr Sedan CX
    • 4 Door Sedan LS
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 112.9
    • 115.6
    • 110.5
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 201.8
    • 203.2
    • 200.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 74.5
    • 73.8
    • 72.9
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 61.5
    • 58.0
    • 58.7
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Sun/Moon Roof
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Sun/Moonroof
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 3741
    • 3764
    • 3555
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Front Performance
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Tires - Rear All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear Performance
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Compact Spare Tire
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Chrome Wheels
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Steel Wheels
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Wheel Covers
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
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    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Optional
    • Standard
    •  
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Parking Aid
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Front Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Seat Heat Ducts
    • Standard
    • Optional
    •  
    • Remote Engine Start
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Navigation from Telematics
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Trip Computer
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Remote Trunk Release
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rain Sensing Wipers
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Rear Floor Mats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Heated Mirrors
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Passenger Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 108.0
    • 108
    • 104.5
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 39.6
    • 39.5
    • 39.4
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 41.3
    • 42.5
    • 42.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 57.8
    • 58.0
    • 58.7
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • 53.7
    • 56.1
    • 56.4
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 38.8
    • 37.7
    • 37.8
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 41.2
    • 41.4
    • 37.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 57.6
    • 57.0
    • 58.6
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • 53.6
    • 57.0
    • 57.2
    • Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 21.2
    • 17.0
    • 18.6
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Changer
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • MP3 Player
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Premium Sound System
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Entertainment System
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    Heating & Cooling
    • Climate Control
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Dual Zone A/C
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Navigation System
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Leather Seats
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Heated Front Seats
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Heated Passenger Seat
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Driver Lumbar
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Power Driver Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Passenger Seat
    • Standard
    • Optional
    •  
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    •  
    • Optional
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Split Bench Seat
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Auto-On Headlights
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Adjustable Pedals
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Emergency Trunk Release
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
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    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Type
    • Gas V6
    • Gas V6
    • Gas/Ethanol V6
    • Displacement
    • 3.5L/213
    • 3.8L/231
    • 3.5L/214
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 263 @ 6250
    • 197 @ 5200
    • 211 @ 5800
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 249 @ 4500
    • 227 @ 3800
    • 214 @ 4000
    • Transmission
    • Automatic w/OD
    • Automatic
    • Automatic w/OD
    • Turning diameter
    • 40.0
    • 42.2
    • 38
    Fuel
    • Flexible Fuel Capability
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 18
    • 16
    • 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 28
    • 25
    • 29
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 20.5
    • 18
    • 17
    Suspension
    • Air Suspension
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • Independent
    • Independent
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Independent
    • Independent
    • Tri-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    • MacPherson strut
    •  
    • Touring
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    • Coil over shock
    •  
    • Touring
    Transmission
    • Automatic
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Speed Automatic
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 6-Speed Automatic
    • Standard
    •  
    •  

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