Each of them also has decent straight-line acceleration.
The Taurus, which was recently called the Five Hundred, has a very nicely appointed interior and an especially spacious backseat, and its 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic are very responsive.
Next to either of these rivals, the Avalon is quieter and more refined inside.
Another alternative is the Chrysler 300, which comes in an economical rear-wheel-drive base model or with all-wheel drive in upscale Touring trim.
The 300 also has a powerful HEMI V-8 available.
But the 300 might not be as appealing to the crowd that favors ride comfort and space above all else; it’s less roomy inside and not nearly as refined and quiet.
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|2008 Toyota AvalonBrowse Used Listings||2009 Buick LucerneBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford TaurusBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai AzeraBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6 FlexFuel||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan XL (GS)||4-Door Sedan CX||4-Door Sedan SEL FWD||4-Door Sedan GLS|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Dr Sedan CX||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||NA|
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|2008 Toyota Avalon vs. 2009 Buick Lucerne||2008 Toyota Avalon vs. 2008 Ford Taurus||2008 Toyota Avalon vs. 2008 Hyundai Azera|