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The 2016 Ford Taurus vs. the 2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 ford taurus features compared to a 2016 toyota avalon

When it comes to luxury, power, and performance, the 2016 Ford Taurus has the 2016 Toyota Avalon beat, hands down! Especially when you take into account the Avalon's comparatively high sticker price. So what do you get when you get behind the wheel of a 2016 Ford Taurus? Only one of the best sedans in its class, with all the luxury amenities that you would expect, active design to increase performance, and options that let you customize your ride.

The standard 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine in the 2016 Ford Taurus SHO cranks out almost 100 more horsepower than the Avalon's comparable 3.5 liter V6, and more than 100 more lb-ft of torque! But a sedan is about comfort as much as performance, and the Taurus offers as much room as most of its competitors, plus more luggage capacity than the 2016 Toyota Avalon! And all of that comes with a variety of driver assist technologies and luxury options available that put the competition to shame. Advantage: Ford Taurus.

Vehicle Power and Handling

With three engines available, including two EcoBoost models, the 2016 Ford Taurus has the power and options to outperform the 2016 Toyota Avalon at its best! While the Avalon's 3.5 liter V6 produces only 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, the 2016 Ford Taurus SHO has that beat standing on its head, cranking out a whopping 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque from its 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6. And to get the best fuel economy from your 2016 Toyota Avalon, you'll have to upgrade to a pricier hybrid model, while the 2016 Ford Taurus gets an estimated 27 miles-per-gallon on the highway with its standard 3.5 liter V6.

The Avalon boasts about its specially shaped under-chassis diffuser panels that increase aerodynamics, but the 2016 Ford Taurus takes a more active approach to aerodynamic design with available Active Grille Shutters that open and close to maximize efficiency. Advantage: Ford Taurus

Vehicle Design and Features

When it comes to features and amenities, the 2016 Ford Taurus can meet the 2016 Toyota Avalon every step of the way, while also offering unique features and options unavailable on the Avalon. With standard features like voice-activated SYNC technology, rear view camera, Torque Vectoring Control, in-house developed Curve Control, and more, the 2016 Ford Taurus also boasts a variety of features that make it the leader in luxury in its class, including a heated steering wheel and multi-contour front seats with Active Motion, adaptive cruise control, a Lane Keeping System, active park assist, push-button start, and rain-sensing wipers.

Whether you're looking for driver assist technologies, interior luxury, or convenient amenities, the 2016 Ford Taurus offers all the best in luxury and design from top to bottom. Advantage: Ford Taurus.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Taurus is the Better Car

Available in four popular models, including the Limited and the SHO, the 2016 Ford Taurus has the 2016 Toyota Avalon on the ropes when it comes to comfort, power, performance, and luxury. And really, what more could you ask for? Whether you want the performance and power offered by the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6—which can generate an impressive 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque—or the economy of the 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine, which gets an EPA-estimated 29 highway miles-per-gallon while still delivering substantial power, the Avalon has you covered. And if you're searching for luxury amenities like heated steering wheel, multi-contour seats, and voice-activated SYNC technology, or driver-assist features like the Lane Keeping System which alerts you when your vehicle starts to drift, chances are the 2016 Ford Taurus is the choice for you!

The 2016 Ford Taurus offers a wide range of engine options and impressive features, including a rear view camera that comes standard, active park assist, Adaptive Cruise Control that lets you set the distance you want to keep between other cars on the road, Curve Control that automatically slows you down when you're going too fast through a tight curve, Torque Vectoring Control that transfers power to the wheels that have the most torque, and Active Grille Shutters that automatically open and close to maximize efficiency while reducing wind noise. It also boasts interior comfort that can't be beat, and more cargo space than the 2016 Toyota Avalon.

Want to experience the luxury and power of the new Ford Taurus for yourself? We've got all the 2016 Ford Taurus models available at Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita, not to mention plenty of other new Ford cars and trucks, so why not come see us today?