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Compared: Taurus Vs. Camry Vs. Accord

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2010 Ford Taurus

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When it comes to best sellers, a few names come to mind. Oprah. Clancy. And Taurus.

Sure, it's been a while since the Ford Taurus sat atop the monthly sales charts--but in its heyday in the 1990s, the Taurus had a vise grip on the slot. Introduced in 1986, the Taurus went on to be the best-selling car in America for seven years, until it was dethroned by the Toyota Camry. And then demoted further by the Honda Accord.

Today, the charts show the Camry at number one, but the Accord's catching up quickly. And there's a new Taurus coming to showrooms. Sound like a championship playoff round to you? It sounds like a car comparison to us.

By now you know TheCarConnection.com rates vehicles for styling, performance, safety, comfort and utility, and features. From there, we arrive at an overall score, based on each vehicle's individual merits and on its competitiveness in its class of cars, vans, trucks or SUVs. We also let you compare cars of your choice, side by side, to see how they stack up in our editors' ratings.

We also do our own comparisons based on our experts' hands-on road tests. For example, TCC's editors have driven each of these vehicles in various forms, in locations around the country, to be able to explain the ratings and to help you make your own decision.

Which of these three is best for you? To compare the trio, we've rated the relative vehicle lineups: the Taurus is V-6 only, but the Accord and Camry are also available as four-cylinders. The Taurus also comes in turbocharged SHO trim, while the Camry is offered as a Hybrid, and the Camry and Accord also come as coupes. So while we've rated the Accord, Camry and Taurus lineups for you, we'll also describe why they rank where they do, against each other.

It's a difficult test of family four-doors, but among them, one sedan tops the TCC ratings by a wide margin. Of the best-selling family cars of all time, which is the most highly rated by TheCarConnection.com? First, the basics:


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  1. Very impressive showing for FORD against the Accord and Camry. Maybe FORD can satisfy the need for a four cylinder model by making an Ecoboost four cylinder engine fitted in a value Package "VP" edition with weight saving designs to reduce total weight while having power around 220hp and good torque at low RMP. If FORD can package such an engine in a lighter Taurus, I think they can grab more and more buyers from the usual three (Honda, Toyota, Nissan). Good job FORD.
     
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  2. The Taurus is comparable to the Avalon, not the Camry. The Fusion should be Ford's representative in this comparison.
     
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  3. Let's make sure the facts are straight. The 2010 Camry is now equipped with a 2.5 liter dual VVT-i 4 cylinder and a six speed auto transmission with sport shift. 169 and 179 hp depending on trim. VSC is standard! One of the most fuel efficient powertrains on the market This has been out since February. How about the Camry Hybrid? Top marks in CU and JD Power. Luxury, performance and outstanding fuel economy. Put the Camry Hybrid up against the V6 Accord or the new Taurus from 50-70 mph. You will be surprised. The 3.5 dual vvt-i v-6 is much smoother and quieter then the Accord. The Accord can't match the performance of the dual VVT-i. the 0-60 numbers prove it! Styling? Styling is subjective. The Camry is elegant, handsome. the SE looks the part. Quite frankly, I think the Taurus is kind of Shamoo, especially in the rear quarter. The reputation for reliability? CU and JD Power give the Camry high marks. How about that three year dependability study? The reason why the Camry has been the number 1 selling car for 11 years is simple. The Camry does many things very well- reliability, Comfort, performance,fuel economy, the ingredients of an outstanding car.
     
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  4. WOW!! I agree, let's get the facts straight before reporting on these three vehicles. The 2010 Camry does indeed come with an 2.5L with 169 and 179 hp, LE and SE trim respectively. With 167 and 171 lb-ft of torque as well (LE & SE).
    That comparison also reported that the Accord had an 2.5L powerplant...uh, no it doesn't. Come on guys. Research, get your facts straight. I'm as patriotic as the next American, but I will say that Toyota makes remarkably good cars, as the sales of the Camry will show. Whats up with Ford? Why bother coming out with all the technology for the impressive hybrid Fusion, when you're going to build a gas-hog, Blue Oval's version of a Buick with only a 3.5 V-6? How much does that thing weigh anyhow?
     
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  5. Many of the facts are incorrect re the Camry.
    Both the Honda and the Camry are fine cars, but the score is based on false data. ie. Torque,mpg are better in the Camry. Re the Taurus is priced well higher and should be compared to the Avalon or TL. It gets down to this, if you like plush ride and quite, the Camry! If you like more road feel, which comes with cabin noise and suspension stiffness, the Accord! I own both.
     
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