The 2014 Ford Taurus is bigger on the outside than inside, so it's roomier than mid-size sedans but not quite as spacious inside as other larger sedans.
While it's the technology and luxury flagship for Ford, it faces newly redesigned competitors, from the surprisingly stylish new Toyota Avalon to the latest Chevrolet Impala.
The base Taurus SE can go head-to-head with larger mid-size sedans like the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, but in higher trim levels, the Taurus faces off against the new Avalon is really Toyota's best match (and its Avalon Hybrid delivers a genuine 40 mpg, which the Taurus can't hope to match), the all-new and striking Chevrolet Impala, and perhaps its sibling the Buick Lacrosse.
The Impala and Lacrosse are more modern, with the Chevy matching the Ford for cabin quality and the Buick tending more toward silence and ride comfort.
Both have more rear-seat room than the Taurus.
The new Hyundai Azera is a competitor as well, with a refined powertrain and a surprisingly stylish, spacious interior.
The best competitor for the Taurus SHO is the Chysler 300C, with its HEMI V-8 providing old-fashioned American power.
Both cars have all-wheel drive and are priced similarly.
In that faceoff, the Chrysler is brasher, louder, and edgier, while the Ford is more soothing--which makes it a nicer place in which to rack up the miles.
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