Compare 2008 Ford Taurus vs 2008 Toyota Avalon

2008 Ford Taurus
2008 Toyota Avalon
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4-Door Sedan Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited AWD 17 24 $27,053 $29,470
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited FWD 18 28 $25,388 $27,620
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 17 24 $23,467 $25,485
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 18 28 $21,801 $23,635
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4-Door Sedan Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avalon 4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $30,504 $34,665
Avalon 4-Door Sedan Touring 19 28 $26,423 $29,575
Avalon 4-Door Sedan XL 19 28 $24,414 $27,325
Avalon 4-Door Sedan XLS 19 28 $27,829 $31,625
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,053
$30,504
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,470
$34,665
Monthly Payment Estimate
$491 / month
$578 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement. The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 58.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 55.8
Second Leg Room (in)
41.2 40.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.0 106.9
Second Hip Room (in)
53.6 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 59.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.8 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
61.5 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.9 111.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.5 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
64.3 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
201.8 197.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
21.2 14.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 36.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.15 3.22
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 16.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact P215/55R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R18 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R18 P215/55R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3930 3610
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
99W NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 268 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.42
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.90
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Toyota Avalon
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Coil over shock NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.55 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 0.94

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