The Hyundai Azera lands in a middle ground, between comfort-oriented mainstream models and super-refined luxury sedans -- yet with a little more of a priority on style.
Both the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES now offer a hybrid variant (Avalon Hybrid and ES300h).
For a long time, the Lexus ES has been the pick for those who want the creamiest, most isolated luxury-sedan experience.
It was redesigned for 2013, with better rear-seat room and a new 300h Hybrid model in the lineup, it's better than ever.
The Toyota Avalon offers a more straightforward presentation, although it's also becoming more stylish with an upcoming 2013 redesign.
The Buick LaCrosse gets a standard eAssist mild-hybrid system, paired with a four-cylinder engine, and now achieves 37 mpg on the highway.
But that also makes it most of a foot shorter than the Taurus, as well as a few inches shorter than the Buick LaCrosse.
Going by interior space, the story is quite different; the Azera has more interior volume than any of those other models, as well as more cargo space than all but the Taurus.
The Ford Taurus is the largest vehicle of this bunch on the outside, yet somehow its interior feels like one of the smallest; next year a new version of the Taurus is in the works, with a more efficient turbo four-cylinder engine as well.
The Acura TL (soon to be replaced by the TLX) may be the most exciting of this bunch to drive; it handles very well—even in its base form—but its back seat isn't as roomy.
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