2014 Ford Taurus vs 2014 Toyota Avalon
2014 Ford Taurus  2013 Toyota Avalon
2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder Base Engine 3.5-liter, V-6
240 Horsepower 268
22/32 MPG 21/31
Yes Available Engine Upgrade No

2014 Ford Taurus vs. 2013 Toyota Avalon

2014 Ford Taurus vs. 2013 Toyota Avalon

Few name plates have the pedigree of the Ford Taurus. Since its introduction for the 1986 model-year, the Taurus has been in near continuous production and has even spawned a couple of spin-offs like the Ford Five-Hundred and the Ford Freestyle. After over 7.5-million units built, the 2014 Ford Taurus is continuing all of the traditions of performance, reliability and value that have made previous models so incredibly popular. Naturally, this level of success is going to draw a strong response from competitors like Toyota. When we compare the 2014 Ford Taurus vs. the 2013 Toyota Avalon, we see that the Taurus will do almost everything the Avalon will do, but for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price that comes in under that of the Avalon on a trim by trim basis.

While the base engine of the Toyota Avalon is more powerful than the base offering on the new Ford Taurus, the Ford sedan will get better fuel-economy and offer a whisper-quiet highway driving experience that is simply unequaled in almost any car. The Avalon is more or less positioned as an entry-level luxury car, however, with the striking redesigns made to the interior and, especially, the exterior of the 2014 Ford Taurus, luxury can be found here for a price that belies the high quality of the materials in the passenger cabin.

Engine upgrades lead to increased performance

Yes, the comparing the base engines of the 2014 Ford Taurus vs. the 2013 Toyota Avalon, is a win for the Avalon. But the Taurus has always been a bit of an athlete in disguise. The 2014 Ford Taurus also comes with a pair of V-6 engines as options that all but bury the Toyota Avalon. The first is a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with EcoBoost technology that produces 288-horsepower and still records 19 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway, according to Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy estimates. Versions of the 2014 Taurus with this engine also benefit from electronic steering control that will give the popular sedan the precise handling characteristics of a much more expensive vehicle.

Any discussion of the Ford Taurus must include the high-performance rock star trim, the Taurus SHO. This is a vehicle for those that value having a few hundred horsepower at their fingertips. The powerful performance package that is the Taurus SHO’s engine consists of a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that makes 365-horsepower and will still register well over 25 miles per gallon on the highway. With the SHO you will also take home a sedan with sport-tuned suspension as well as larger, more powerful brakes on the standard 19-inch wheels. All-wheel drive is standard on the 2014 Ford Taurus SHO.

Interior of the 2014 Ford Taurus