2012 Ford Taurus vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan Limited FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2012 Ford Taurus edges between two classes of sedans, depending on how you equip it.

In its base form, it overlaps with the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry; but when loaded it takes on larger, more luxurious sedans like the Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCrosse.

In that latter group, 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--with the emphasis on comfort.

But unlike the Taurus, the LaCrosse offers no true sport model.

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata remains our top-rated mid-size model; it boasts top-notch highway fuel economy of up to 35 mpg, thanks to its direct-injected four-cylinder engine, and at the value-priced end of the market it can't be beat.

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 Malibu is also slated for a redesign for 2013.

Both the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord might not feel as large and substantial at first look, but they offer more economical four-cylinder options with just as much comfort and possibly roomier backseats.

2012 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan Limited FWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Ford Taurus
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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests.
8.2
As a sophisticated, roomy, tech-savvy premium sedan—now with up to 36 mpg—the 2012 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for a lot of shoppers who want luxury on a limited budget.
7.8
It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.
8.6
After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
8.0
A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance.
MSRP From    
$25,555$30,170$22,110$19,795$33,195
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas V6
EPA Class    
Large CarsMidsize CarsMidsizeLarge CarsLarge
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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