Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Taurus VS 2016 Buick LaCrosse Near Surprise, AZ

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2016 Ford Taurus

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2016 Buick LaCrosse

Safety Comparison

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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Taurus and the LaCrosse 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Buick LaCrosse:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Abdominal Force

173 G’s

229 G’s

Hip Force

337 lbs.

369 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

58 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

743 lbs.

912 lbs.

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

The Ford Taurus has a better fatality history. The Taurus was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 23% lower per vehicle registered than the LaCrosse, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Taurus’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the LaCrosse’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 40 percent more Ford dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Taurus has a standard 600-amp battery. The LaCrosse’s standard 438-amp battery and largest (optional) 512 amp battery aren’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus has more powerful engines than the LaCrosse:



Taurus 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Taurus 3.5 DOHC V6

288 HP

254 lbs.-ft.

Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

LaCrosse eAssist 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

182 HP

172 lbs.-ft.

LaCrosse 3.6 DOHC V6

304 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/32 hwy


3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/29 hwy

18 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

The Taurus has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the LaCrosse eAssist’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16.6 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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


LaCrosse eAssist

LaCrosse V6

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

11.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

11.5 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the LaCrosse (235/60R17 vs. 225/55R17). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the LaCrosse (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R19).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 LaCrosse 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 LaCrosse (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 LaCrosse.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Taurus is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the LaCrosse is rated a Mid-size.

The Taurus has 1 inch more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the LaCrosse.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the LaCrosse (20.1 vs. 13.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Taurus. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Taurus’ driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the LaCrosse can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 LaCrosse 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.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The LaCrosse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Taurus Limited/SHO detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Taurus and the LaCrosse offer available heated front seats. The Taurus Limited/SHO also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the LaCrosse.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Taurus will be $595 to $3509 less than for the Buick LaCrosse.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Ford Taurus outsold the Buick LaCrosse by 2157 units during the 2015 model year.

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