2015 Ford Taurus vs. 2015 Chevrolet Impala

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Chicago and Manteno drivers comparing the 2015 Ford Taurus to the 2015 Chevrolet Impala are invariably impressed by the former’s long list of standard and available features, superior engine lineup, and indulgent interior of the Taurus. The new Impala is an acceptable vehicle, but it can’t just compete when judged head-to-head against the Taurus.

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Trim Levels and Price

2015 Ford Taurus SHO Trim.jpgThe 2015 Ford Taurus is available in four stunning trim levels:

  • SE: Starting at $27,055, the standard Taurus delivers a premium driving experience. Comfort is ensured by a 6-way power driver’s seat, and remote keyless entry allows you to enter effortlessly.
  • SEL: Starting at $29,485, the SEL enhances comfort with dual-zone air conditioning, while also offering a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel.
  • Limited: Starting at $34,405, the Limited trim includes an 8-inch color LCD touchscreen with color-coded controls, push-button start, and front seats that can be heated and cooled.
  • SHO: Starting at $40,220, the SHO is all about performance, with a turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, putting drivers in control of 365 hp.

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala starts at $27,060 – marginally more than the 2015 Ford Taurus. However, several standard features – such as a rearview camera – are absent, and upper-level trims fail to live up to the astonishing performance promised by the Taurus SHO.


Powertrains and MPG

2015 Ford Taurus on road.jpgThe 2015 Ford Taurus offers three engines to the Impala's two, allowing Chicago and Manteno drivers to meet their own unique driving needs:

  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6: Offering a compelling combination of both capability and efficiency, the standard Taurus engine provides 288 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque while still attaining mileage ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive.
  • 2.0L EcoBoost I4: The available 2.0L EcoBoost drops consumption dramatically, allowing drivers to make 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6: What the 2.0L engine does for efficiency, the 3.5L does for pure performance. With a relentless output 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, it’s an untouchable powerhouse.

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala offers less choice and less power. The standard 2.5L ECOTEC tops out at 196 hp, while the 3.6L DOHC V6 delivers a maximum of 305 hp. Not just outperformed in terms of output, the new Impala also fails to provide an all-wheel-drive option.



2015 Ford Taurus Interior.jpgThe 2015 Ford Taurus embraces an aerodynamic design characterized by a large grille, flowing lines, and an athletic profile. As expected, it continues to impress once you slip inside. With a total interior volume of 122.3 cubic feet, the 2015 Ford Taurus provides space for up to five passengers to stretch out and relax, while also boasting 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space — appreciably more than the 2015 Impala’s 18.8 cubic feet.

Ford’s attention to detail is evident across every trim level, but the SHO model benefits from its own unique styling. Leather-trimmed seats are finished in Charcoal Black with Mayan Gray Miko suede inserts and embroidered logos, while extended thigh-support cushions enhance comfort. It’s a level of comfort that can’t be matched by the 2015 Chevrolet Impala.


Optional Features

2015 Ford Taurus Features.jpgThe 2015 Ford Taurus enhances its generous level of cabin space by offering numerous available features that can’t be enjoyed by those driving the 2015 Chevrolet Impala:

  • Multicontour Front Seats with Active Motion: Front-passenger seats are fitted with seven seat-bottom air cushions. Designed to reduce muscle fatigue in the legs and lower back, these change the contour of the seat, providing a subtle rolling pattern for increased comfort.
  • Sony Audio System with HD Radio Technology: Boasting 12 speakers and surround sound, this system is perfect for providing your driving soundtrack. HD radio is integrated for crystal-clear sound, and an iTunes Tagging feature allows you to save songs heard on the radio for later purchase.
  • SYNC: Allows you to listen wirelessly to whatever’s on your phone and control everything from calling to climate with just the sound of your voice.

Safety Features

2015 Taurus Safety.jpgBoth the 2015 Ford Taurus and the 2015 Chevrolet Impala offer a comprehensive list of safety equipment, with cutting-edge systems such as:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control: Uses radar technology to maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead.
  • Blind Spot Alert: Provides a visual cue if a vehicle enters your blind spot.
  • Lane Departure Warning: A rear-mounted camera gauges your position on the road and provides an alert if you begin to deviate without indicating.

However, the Impala fails to delivers when it comes to standard safety equipment. Unlike the 2015 Taurus, a rearview camera and engine immobilizer aren’t included across all trim levels. This makes reversing more hazardous and compromises the security of your vehicle.


Drive the 2015 Taurus Near Manteno, IL

The 2015 Ford Taurus is the full-sized sedan you’ve been looking for. To take a test drive, visit Terry’s Ford of Peotone