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Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#3197 of 6854 Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon
Sep 11, 2007 (12:04 pm)
Here's a comparison between an 07 Avalon and a Ford Five er Taurus. I chose both an XLS and Limited Avalon vs the Limited Taurus. You be the judge. Just on standard equipment alone the Avalon is a better buy. True cost to own over five years is 3k more but reliability and fit and finish over the long run goes to the Toyota. And let's not forget resale.
http://www.edmunds.com/apps/nvc/edmunds/VehicleComparison?styleid=100776116&styl- - eid=100726862&styleid=100776117&maxvehicles=5&refid=&op=3&tab=print
Edmund's said this about the Ford: "Weak and unrefined V6, six-speed automatic isn't especially smooth, can't get stability control, yard-sale-quality stereos."
Edmund's said this about the Toyota "High-quality cabin, soft and quiet ride, upscale amenities."
Crash test results: EVEN
Crash Test Results Avalon Five Hundred
Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Impact Front 5 stars 5 stars
Side Impact Rear 5 stars 5 stars
Crash Offset Good Good
Bumper Bash Not Tested Good
Rollover Resistance 4 stars 4 stars
Edmund's also said: "Mediocre acceleration is the main drawback to the Five Hundred. Its standard 3.0-liter Duratec V6 is not as powerful or refined as most competitors' engines. Ford has developed a more potent 3.5-liter V6, but it likely won't make it to the Five Hundred lineup until the 2008 model year. For now, the Five Hundred's low pricing and top-notch crash test scores still make it a reasonable family car pick, but shoppers would be wise to try the competition as well."
Edmund's said about the Avalon: "In road tests and reviews, we've found the Toyota Avalon to be an excellent large sedan. Highway driving is luxurious. The V6 engine pulls well, is smooth and posts impressive fuel economy numbers. Although the Touring trim handles adequately, the Avalon should not be mistaken for a sport sedan. It is a full-size car with qualities that lean toward comfort over athletics. Downsides to the Avalon are few. Main complaints concern the rear seat (it doesn't fold down to expand luggage capacity) and a slightly dull persona that some buyers might find off-putting."
#3198 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [mackabee]
Sep 11, 2007 (12:14 pm)
But look what happens when you compare it to a car we actually still make. The data on the 500 you posted was so old that they did not even know about the Taurus launch yet.
#3199 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [joel0622]
Sep 11, 2007 (12:21 pm)
If you compare 2008 to 2008 model the AWD Taurus is $6000 less then the a FWD Avalon. How much does AWD add to the cost of a Avalon? How about Fog Lights, Keyless Entry Pad, Split Folding Rear Seats, DVD System, Adjustable Pedals? What would that add to the cost? Or are those options even available?
But I will say it before the host does. Move this conversation to another topic
#3200 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [joel0622]
Sep 11, 2007 (12:34 pm)
Ah, but let's compare an 08 Avalon to the 08 Five hun...dang it, I still can't get used to it. Taurus
#3201 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [mackabee]
Sep 11, 2007 (12:38 pm)
That's nice but the Five Hundred is out of production.. it's now the Taurus.... and it has that nice new engine
#3202 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [im_brentwood]
Sep 11, 2007 (12:43 pm)
Taurus, Avalon, Packard, I just want to sell something- ANYTHING this month. Is anyone busy?
#3203 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [jescue]
Sep 11, 2007 (1:00 pm)
I hear ya brother, but the first 15 days of September are always slow for us. After the 15 we get busy and play catch up. I don't know why it has just always been that way.
The thing I hate most about September are the months to follow. Come November and December you all will be tired of hearing from me with all the down time I have in those two months.
#3204 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [joel0622]
Sep 11, 2007 (1:07 pm)
Let's see, the Limited Avalon has fog lights. Standard.
Smart key entry system. Standard.
Acoustic noise reducing windshield. Standard
Rain sensing windshield wipers. Standard.
Tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Standard.
Heated and Cooled perforated leather driver and passenger power seats with driver's cushion extender, power lumbar, and memory settings for two driver's. Standard.
Puddle lamps with turn signal indicator heated outside mirrors with memory and auto dimming. Standard
6 Speed automatic transmission with sequential mode. Standard.
Full size spare tire with alloy wheel. Standard.
High intensity discharge lights. Standard
JBL Synthesis 6cd in dash changer with satellite radio capability, aux audio jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, hands free telephone via Bluetooth, 360 watts, 12 speakers with subwoofer. Standard
3.5L V6 with Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence. Standard.
Power moonroof tilt/slide with shade. Standard.
Voice activated DVD navigation system.
Dynamic Laser cruise control.
Vehicle stability control with Traction control and brake assist. (Your folks would really love this one)
We had adjustable pedals on Camry a few years back. It was not important to our customers so we stopped offering them. AWD? It's a front wheel drive car. Plus with VSC and Trac who needs it. Keyless entry pad? What do you do if you forget the code? Locked out? DVD system? Only in Minivans and SUV's. Not near luxury sedans. Folding seats? Avalon demographics prefer the center pass through in case they want to ski. Oh what a feeling!
#3205 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [joel0622]
Sep 11, 2007 (1:08 pm)
Its strange, November has always been my best month here. September is usually slow, but August was terrible and so far I have nothing. My 911 Turbo appointment today was a no show. No urgency to buy here lately. It will pick up though-it always does.
#3206 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [mackabee]
Sep 11, 2007 (1:10 pm)
Well Mack all that looked good until you got to your all wheel drive argument.