Each of these alternatives favors ride comfort over tight handling response, but also has decent straight-line acceleration.
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 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.
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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|2009 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 (SE)||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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|2009 Toyota Avalon vs. 2009 Buick Lucerne||2009 Toyota Avalon vs. 2008 Ford Taurus||2009 Toyota Avalon vs. 2008 Hyundai Azera|