2013 Ford Taurus vs. Its Competition

2013 Ford Taurus SHO
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The entry price for the SHO is $39,995, including destination, and a well-optioned SHO can still land well above $45k—as was ours.

That's about the same price as a Volvo S80 T6 AWD, or within a few grand of the starting price for a number of sport sedans like the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E Class, and Audi A6.

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2013 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View2013 Hyundai Sonata
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2013 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View2013 Nissan Maxima
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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2013 Ford Taurus gets improved performance and is more of a technology and luxury flagship than ever--although its 'smaller inside' packaging continues to limit its appeal.
8.2
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for comfort, sophistication, and refinement in a large sedan—and its 36-mpg rating is icing on the cake.
7.8
Thinking small makes the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu a more sporty sedan, but doesn't help its rear-seat space at all.
8.4
The image-building 2013 Chrysler 300 is handsome and classy, as well as a proper luxury car or a scorching muscle sedan.
8.6
With a standout design; perky performance; great gas mileage; and exceptional value for the money, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is one of the best buys among mid-size sedans.
7.6
The 2013 Nissan Maxima offers a lot more flair than the typical larger sedan, along with premium feel inside; but driving enthusiasts should be aware that it isn't quite a serious sport sedan.
MSRP From     
$26,700$31,660$21,995$30,345$20,895$31,000
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan Motown RWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan 3.5 S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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