2016 Toyota Avalon vs. 2016 Ford Taurus

Posted Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 by nhtwpprod

The old boat-style of sedan has nearly disappeared from the market, leaving new 4-door sedan models that have a bit of style and sport despite being recognized as full-sized cars. Los Angeles car dealerships have a wide variety of new sedan models on their lots to choose from. Before you venture blindly out to take test drives, do a bit of research and compare a few of these vehicles in order to choose the one that is the best fit for you. For example, two hot models for 2016 are the Toyota Avalon and the Ford Taurus, so let’s see how they stack up.



Both of these vehicles have a great history of being quality family-sized cars. Each car has a nice roomy interior, affordable pricing, and smooth ride. So, how can you decide which one best meets your needs? Believe it or not, there are a lot of areas where there is a difference between the 2016 Ford Taurus and the 2016 Toyota Avalon. The main thing to remember is that when shopping for a sedan you’re not necessarily looking for power and curve-hugging ability. You want a car that is good on gas, which accommodates your family in comfort, and that offers safety features and amenities which make your life easier.


While you don’t necessarily need off the line speed and the ability to hang curves, suspension, aerodynamics, and a touch of power do make a difference. The 2016 Avalon offers a 268 horsepower V6 engine, paddle shifters, and electric power steering, as well as fine-tuned suspension and aerodynamic efficiency. The 2016 Ford Taurus has had some suspension work and offers a fairly comfortable ride, but, essentially, the new Taurus is about the same as the 2010 Taurus. In this area, the Avalon definitely comes out ahead.


The Avalon features heated and cooled seats, very detailed craftsmanship, ambient lighting, and an extremely quiet interior. Space is not an issue, with a spacious second row offering passengers plenty of leg and headroom. The 2016 Taurus, on the other hand, has been noted in several reviews to be a large boxy vehicle that surprisingly doesn’t have much interior room.

Fuel Efficiency

One reason compact and mid-size sedans have become so popular is because smaller, lighter cars tend to offer better gas mileage. In order to compete, full-sized sedans have made great strides in being more aerodynamic and offering fuel-efficient engines.

The V-6 engines in the Taurus and Avalon offer better gas mileage than previous models or different engines. For the best Taurus fuel efficiency, the less powerful 2.0 liter 4 cylinder offers 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. For power and fuel efficiency, the Avalon again comes out on top with the V-6 offering 31 mpg highway and ultra-low emissions. While it is one mile less per gallon on the highway, you don’t have to lose power to save money with the Avalon.

Visit Los Angeles car dealerships to view and test drive both of these vehicles. You’ll be surprised at how much full-sized sedans have changed over the past few years.