2011 Ford Taurus vs. Its Competition

2011 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan Limited FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2011 Ford Taurus is a big sedan that competes both with mid-size sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, along with larger, more luxurious sedans like the Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCrosse.

Of those mid-size sedans, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is our highest-rated model; it boasts top-notch highway fuel economy of up to 35 mpg, thanks to its high-test direct-injected four-cylinder engine (a Turbo joins the lineup this year, too).

The latest Chevrolet Malibu occupies roughly the same size class—bigger than the usual front-driver—but offers a fuel-saving four-cylinder version, though no all-wheel drive.

The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord also offer more economical four-cylinder options with just as much comfort and possibly roomier backseats.

The Buick LaCrosse is perhaps closest to the Taurus in overall packaging; like the Taurus, the LaCrosse offers a more modern, stylish, and sporty take on the traditional luxury sedan.

2011 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan Limited FWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Ford Taurus
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2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LS w/1LS Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Malibu
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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan I4 Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View2011 Hyundai Sonata
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2011 Toyota Avalon 4-door Sedan (NAT) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota Avalon
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The 2011 Ford Taurus isn’t quite a game-changing sedan, but it's a handsome, solid, high-quality choice.
The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.
The 2011 Toyota Avalon is at once traditional and modern, with a classy, comfortable luxury-car look and feel combined with top-notch safety and a great feature set.
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Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
Large CarsMidsizeLarge CarsLarge
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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