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Ford Taurus Ltd. vs. Toyota Avalon Ltd.
Ford Taurus Ltd. vs. Toyota Avalon Ltd.

Toyota's Avalon full-size sedan doesn't get as much attention as the automaker's smaller Camry or Corolla. It's a great execution, though, probably more like a Lexus than Toyota would want you to think.

Ford's Taurus fullsize also could be mistaken for a luxury model if it had a different name. While both have 3.5 liter V6 engines, Avalon's is a bit more powerful. But Taurus has a much bigger trunk. And Ford throws in five years or 60,000 miles worth of roadside assistance. Edmunds.com says the Taurus costs $31,770 at retail, about $4,000 less than the Avalon.

Fullsize cars are great for large families or for passengers who like to spread out a bit when traveling. This Taurus isn't the airport rental special we knew and loved, it's a much better car and a good example of how Ford (and Detroit) has stepped up its game.



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Last updated February 24 2011: 12:00 PM ET
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