2018 Ford Taurus vs. Its Competition

2018 Ford Taurus
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Full-size sedans are nostalgic, but not yet hip again.

That said, Buick and Kia have the freshest takes in this segment and both are worth a look.

This year, the Buick LaCrosse now includes a thrifty mild-hybrid system, while the Kia Cadenza takes some sports sedan cues and throws in a luxury-grade interior.

The Toyota Avalon remains a favorite for its plush interior and attractive exterior, praise we could also heap on the Chevrolet Impala.

The Taurus SHO’s chief rival, meanwhile, is the Dodge Charger R/T.

With its strong, sonorous V-8 and high-tech infotainment, the Charger makes for stiff competition.

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Quick Specs
4.8
The 2018 Ford Taurus is Ford’s flagship, but only on paper. Rivals are more up-to-date in every way, so shop the competition.
6.8
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a proper flagship, a refined and comfortable sedan with only a few quirks.
6.7
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala adds better base equipment this year for good value among full-sizers.
7.0
The 2018 Dodge Charger has aged remarkably well–and if it’s four-door muscle you need, few sedans deliver its performance thrill.
7.4
The 2018 Kia Cadenza has matured greatly, and offers exceptional room and polish.
7.2
The 2018 Toyota Avalon is a spacious full-size sedan that prioritizes comfort and safety above keeping up with the Joneses.
MSRP From     
$27,690$29,565$27,895$28,995$32,290$33,500
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
SE FWD4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LSSXT RWDPremium SedanXLE (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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