Compared: Taurus Vs. Camry Vs. Accord

July 20, 2009

When it comes to best sellers, a few names come to mind. Oprah. Clancy. And Taurus.

Sure, it's been a while since the Ford Taurus sat atop the monthly sales charts--but in its heyday in the 1990s, the Taurus had a vise grip on the slot. Introduced in 1986, the Taurus went on to be the best-selling car in America for seven years, until it was dethroned by the Toyota Camry. And then demoted further by the Honda Accord.

Today, the charts show the Camry at number one, but the Accord's catching up quickly. And there's a new Taurus coming to showrooms. Sound like a championship playoff round to you? It sounds like a car comparison to us.

By now you know rates vehicles for styling, performance, safety, comfort and utility, and features. From there, we arrive at an overall score, based on each vehicle's individual merits and on its competitiveness in its class of cars, vans, trucks or SUVs. We also let you compare cars of your choice, side by side, to see how they stack up in our editors' ratings.

We also do our own comparisons based on our experts' hands-on road tests. For example, TCC's editors have driven each of these vehicles in various forms, in locations around the country, to be able to explain the ratings and to help you make your own decision.

Which of these three is best for you? To compare the trio, we've rated the relative vehicle lineups: the Taurus is V-6 only, but the Accord and Camry are also available as four-cylinders. The Taurus also comes in turbocharged SHO trim, while the Camry is offered as a Hybrid, and the Camry and Accord also come as coupes. So while we've rated the Accord, Camry and Taurus lineups for you, we'll also describe why they rank where they do, against each other.

It's a difficult test of family four-doors, but among them, one sedan tops the TCC ratings by a wide margin. Of the best-selling family cars of all time, which is the most highly rated by First, the basics:

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