The 2012 Ford Taurus edges between two classes of sedans, depending on how you equip it.
In that latter group, 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--with the emphasis on comfort.
But unlike the Taurus, the LaCrosse offers no true sport model.
The 2012 Hyundai Sonata remains our top-rated mid-size model; it boasts top-notch highway fuel economy of up to 35 mpg, thanks to its direct-injected four-cylinder engine, and at the value-priced end of the market it can't be beat.
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 Malibu is also slated for a redesign for 2013.
Both the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord might not feel as large and substantial at first look, but they offer more economical four-cylinder options with just as much comfort and possibly roomier backseats.
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|17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas/Electric I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas V6|
|Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize||Large||Large Cars||Large|
|4-Door Sedan SE FWD||4-Door Sedan Base FWD||4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Manual||Manual||Automatic|