Compare 2009 Toyota Avalon vs 2008 Ford Taurus

2009 Toyota Avalon
2008 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan XL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan XL 19 28 $25,156 $27,845
4-Door Sedan XLS 19 28 $28,607 $32,145
4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $31,312 $35,185
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4-Door Sedan FWD SEL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 28 $21,801 $23,635
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 24 $23,467 $25,485
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 28 $25,388 $27,620
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 24 $27,053 $29,470
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,156
$21,801
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,845
$23,635
Monthly Payment Estimate
$464 / month
$394 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Toyota Avalon isn’t a Lexus, but it almost feels like one. The big, roomy sedan is designed for providing a comfortable ride and plenty of interior space, and it absolutely succeeds on those fronts. A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 38.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 57.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 53.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.9 108.0
Second Leg Room (in)
40.9 41.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
56.2 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.4 57.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
197.2 201.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.5 61.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
111.0 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 74.5
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 64.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.4 21.2
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 x - TBD - - 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)
11.7 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.9 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.22 3.15
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size
P215/60R16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3490 3741
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
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
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 4700 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA 99W
Displacement
3.5L/211 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6200 263 @ 6250
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.69 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.15 2.88
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Toyota Avalon Ford Taurus
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Coil over shock
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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