Compare 2009 Ford Taurus vs 2008 Toyota Avalon

2009 Ford Taurus
2008 Toyota Avalon
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4-Door Sedan SE FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 18 28 $23,103 $25,170
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 28 $24,453 $26,670
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 24 $26,118 $28,520
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 28 $28,053 $30,670
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 24 $29,718 $32,520
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4-Door Sedan XL (GS)
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan XL 19 28 $24,414 $27,325
4-Door Sedan Touring 19 28 $26,423 $29,575
4-Door Sedan XLS 19 28 $27,829 $31,625
4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $30,504 $34,665
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,103
$24,414
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,170
$27,325
Monthly Payment Estimate
$420 / month
$455 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Ford Taurus still runs at the head of the class in terms of space, practicality, and safety features, but driving enthusiasts and those wanting to be seen should probably steer clear. The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.6 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 59.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.8 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 58.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 55.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.0 106.9
Second Leg Room (in)
41.2 40.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.3 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
201.8 197.6
Height, Overall (in)
61.5 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.9 111.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
82.9 72.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
21.2 14.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 11.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.5 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 36.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.15 3.22
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
T7B NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact P215/60R16
Front Tire Order Code
T7B NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R17 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3739 3490
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 268 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
99W NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.5L/211
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.90
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.42
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Toyota Avalon
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent multi-link Multi-link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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