2011 Ford Taurus vs. Its Competition

2011 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan Limited FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2011 Ford Taurus is a big sedan that competes both with mid-size sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, along with larger, more luxurious sedans like the Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCrosse.

Of those mid-size sedans, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is our highest-rated model; it boasts top-notch highway fuel economy of up to 35 mpg, thanks to its high-test direct-injected four-cylinder engine (a Turbo joins the lineup this year, too).

The latest Chevrolet Malibu occupies roughly the same size class—bigger than the usual front-driver—but offers a fuel-saving four-cylinder version, though no all-wheel drive.

The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord also offer more economical four-cylinder options with just as much comfort and possibly roomier backseats.

The Buick LaCrosse is perhaps closest to the Taurus in overall packaging; like the Taurus, the LaCrosse offers a more modern, stylish, and sporty take on the traditional luxury sedan.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2011 Ford Taurus isn’t quite a game-changing sedan, but it's a handsome, solid, high-quality choice.
7.8
The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek.
8.2
Though the 2011 Honda Accord is missing Bluetooth connectivity on the more affordable trims, it’s a very compelling package otherwise, with top-notch refinement, performance, and comfort.
8.6
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.
8.0
The 2011 Toyota Avalon is at once traditional and modern, with a classy, comfortable luxury-car look and feel combined with top-notch safety and a great feature set.
MSRP From    
$25,420$21,975$21,380$19,395$33,195
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class    
Large CarsMidsizeLargeLarge CarsLarge
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODAutomatic