2014 Ford Taurus vs. Its Competition

2014 Ford Taurus
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2014 Ford Taurus is bigger on the outside than inside, so it's roomier than mid-size sedans but not quite as spacious inside as other larger sedans.

While it's the technology and luxury flagship for Ford, it faces newly redesigned competitors, from the surprisingly stylish new Toyota Avalon to the latest Chevrolet Impala.

The base Taurus SE can go head-to-head with larger mid-size sedans like the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, but in higher trim levels, the Taurus faces off against the new Avalon is really Toyota's best match (and its Avalon Hybrid delivers a genuine 40 mpg, which the Taurus can't hope to match), the all-new and striking Chevrolet Impala, and perhaps its sibling the Buick Lacrosse.

The Impala and Lacrosse are more modern, with the Chevy matching the Ford for cabin quality and the Buick tending more toward silence and ride comfort.

Both have more rear-seat room than the Taurus.

The new Hyundai Azera is a competitor as well, with a refined powertrain and a surprisingly stylish, spacious interior.

The best competitor for the Taurus SHO is the Chysler 300C, with its HEMI V-8 providing old-fashioned American power.

Both cars have all-wheel drive and are priced similarly.

In that faceoff, the Chrysler is brasher, louder, and edgier, while the Ford is more soothing--which makes it a nicer place in which to rack up the miles.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2014 Ford Taurus continues in its role of luxury and technology flagship for the Ford brand, but it remains compromised by its lack of rear-seat headroom and legroom
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Great on gas or long on comfort and refinement--the Buick LaCrosse can be either, though we'd steer you toward the premium editions.
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It took a while to get here, but the 2014 Chevy Impala fast-forwards over the past with fine handling and even better styling.
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The Chrysler 300 is loaded with comfort and technology features, and it comes as either a near-luxury sedan, or an monstrously powerful muscle car.
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The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
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The 2014 Nissan Maxima isn't the enthusiast car it claims to be, but it is a more luxurious, more stylish option than many of its competitors.
MSRP From     
$26,780$33,535$26,860$31,395$21,450$31,290
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV4-Door Sedan 3.5 S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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