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2005 Ford Mustang vs. 1996 Ford Taurus

To start off, 2005 Ford Mustang is newer by 9 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1996 Ford Taurus. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1996 Ford Taurus would be higher. At 4,015 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 Ford Mustang is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 Ford Taurus (238 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 36 more horse power than 2005 Ford Mustang. (202 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1996 Ford Taurus should accelerate faster than 2005 Ford Mustang. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1996 Ford Taurus weights approximately 21 kg more than 2005 Ford Mustang. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2005 Ford Mustang is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2005 Ford Mustang. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1996 Ford Taurus, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Ford Mustang 1996 Ford Taurus
Make Ford Ford
Model Mustang Taurus
Year Released 2005 1996
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4015 cc 3400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 202 HP 238 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 6500 RPM
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1497 kg 1518 kg
Vehicle Length 4770 mm 5030 mm
Vehicle Width 1890 mm 1860 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2620 mm 2760 mm


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