2013 Ford Taurus vs. Its Competition

2013 Ford Taurus SHO
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Ford Taurus is one of the longer sedans on the market, at about 203 inches long, and with a long list of luxury and tech features it lands somewhere between well-equipped mainstream mid-size sedans, full-size sedans, and true luxury sedans.

In its base form, it overlaps with the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry--as well as the Toyota Avalon--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.

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.

Hyundai's new 2013 Azera is another strong alternative, with a fashionable, spacious interior and refined powertrain.

Also for 2013, the Chevrolet Malibu, which is nearly as roomy inside, gets a new, more efficient four-cylinder lineup, including a turbocharged model.

But the high-performance Taurus SHO's natural competitor, we think, is the Chrysler 300C; they're about the same price, both with all-wheel drive, and really it's a hard call--the Chrysler is more straightforward, brash, and edgy, while it's hard to argue with the way the Ford soothes, satisfies, and eats up the miles.

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2013 Chrysler 3002013 Chrysler 300
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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
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.
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.
Thinking small makes the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu a more sporty sedan, but doesn't help its rear-seat space at all.
The image-building 2013 Chrysler 300 is handsome and classy, as well as a proper luxury car or a scorching muscle sedan.
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.
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.
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