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The 2016 Ford Taurus vs. the 2016 Dodge Charger

2016 ford taurus parked next to a 2016 dodge charger

The 2016 Dodge Charger has been called a "family sedan with a muscle car heartbeat," but with its comfortable ride, luxurious appointments, and excellent safety ratings, the 2016 Ford Taurus can outperform the Charger in everything but actual engine power—and even there they can stand almost toe-to-toe!

While the Dodge Charger has an available Hellcat V8 engine that can generate muscle car power with 707 horsepower when properly equipped, you'll pay a high price for those extra horses in fuel economy, insurance premiums, and sticker price. Meanwhile, the 2016 Ford Taurus manages a respectable 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque with its available 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6, while still managing an EPA-estimated 24 highway miles-per-gallon!

If all you want is muscle, the 2016 Dodge Charger may be the car for you—though in that case we recommend you check out the 2016 Ford Mustang instead. However, if you're looking for a family sedan the performs admirably on the road, offers comfort in the cabin and luxury in the amenities, and has a variety of engine and trim options that can meet virtually any lifestyle and any need, then you're looking for the 2016 Ford Taurus. When it comes to the kinds of options and features that sedan buyers demand, the Charger just can't keep up. Advantage: Ford Taurus.

Vehicle Power and Handling

When it comes to raw power, the 2016 Dodge Charger leaves the Ford Taurus in the dust. The thing is, very few sedan buyers come to the lot looking for pure horsepower and nothing else. The Ford Taurus offers three engine options that provide more than enough horsepower, while also delivering fuel economy that'll keep your pocket book happy. Perhaps more importantly, the 2016 Ford Taurus provides a smooth and comfortable ride with confident handling and active approaches to aerodynamics like available Active Grille Shutters, plus driver assist technology that makes the 2016 Ford Taurus a pleasure to drive while keeping you and your family safe.

A Lane-Keeping System lets you know when you start to drift, while Curve Control slows down the car when it senses that you're taking a curve too fast. Adaptive Cruise Control lets you set a pre-specified gap distance between cars on the road, while active park assist makes it easy to steer into difficult parking spaces. Advantage: Ford Taurus.

Vehicle Design and Features

The 2016 Dodge Charger's brawny look indicates its muscle car leanings, but unfortunately that exterior bluster doesn't translate to interior comfort, and AutoTrader has said that the base level 2016 Dodge Chargers "still feel cheap inside." For most sedan buyers, affordable may be the first thing they want their cars to be, but "cheap" is the last way they want them to feel.

Fortunately, the 2016 Ford Taurus has style to spare, both inside the cabin and out, as well as a range of features and amenities that give you the luxury ride that you want with a price tag that you can afford. With rear cameras that come standard and a variety of options like heated steering wheels, multi-contour front seats with Active Motion, SecuriCode invisible keypad, voice-activated SYNC 3 technology, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, the 2016 Ford Taurus is the luxurious family sedan that you've been looking for. Advantage: Ford Taurus.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Taurus is the Better Car

If what you really want, deep down, is a muscle car, then the 2016 Dodge Charger may be the better choice for you. But if you want a sedan that offers luxury, comfort, performance, and prestige, then you want the 2016 Ford Taurus!

That said, the Taurus is no slouch in the power department, either, with three available engine options that let you maximize horsepower with the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 and its 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque or maximize fuel economy with the 2.0 liter EcoBoost and its EPA-estimated 29 highway miles-per-gallon. But where the Taurus really shines against the 2016 Dodge Charger is in comfort, class, and luxury. With four popular models to choose from, including the Limited and SHO styles, the 2016 Ford Taurus comes standard with a rear camera and has a wide range of available features and amenities, from voice-activated SYNC 3 technology to a heated steering wheel and multi-contour front seats with Active Motion.

A variety of the Taurus's driver assist technologies help keep you safe and on the road, and make your driving experience a lot more pleasant, including Adaptive Cruise Control, a Lane Keeping System, Torque Vectoring Control, active park assist, Curve Control, and more! All packed into one of the most spacious and comfortable cabins in its class!

So if you're ready to get behind the wheel of a brand new Ford Taurus today, all you have to do is visit Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita to see what your Kansas Ford dealerships have to offer!