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Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#3244 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [jaymagic]
Sep 12, 2007 (2:30 pm)
I would. I'm not the one in the market though, that would be my grandmother, and at 72 years old, she wouldn't dream of buying a Hyundai. She has driven Honda since '91, and before that, she had Fords; from a Fairlane to a Torino to a Granada, all the way to a 1984 LTD (the one based on the Fairmont). She always got good service out of her Fords (LOVED her LTD), and her Hondas too.
She'll likely have it down to another Accord (2008) or a Taurus in the near future, but she wants to drive a Civic too (I know - RANDOM, but she loved her '91 Civic until it was totaled).
#3246 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [joel0622]
Sep 12, 2007 (3:35 pm)
and IF it is $6K cheaper now it will likely be worth at least that much less when you likely want to drive something else - as with many other things you tend to get what you pay for - now and later!
And your option comparison is a joke(as specific option comparisons often are), the Avalon (some Maximas are the same) doesn't split (or fold down) the rear seats because they recline (take your choice), keyless entry pad - how about an even more ridiculous way to get even wetter in a good rainstorm, adjustable pedals and DVD players - why so you can be doing something you shouldn't - just before you hit the bridge abutment. Ever driven a car with a good set of HID headlights? Now these would be useful!
#3247 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [captain2]
Sep 12, 2007 (4:29 pm)
I just looked at Ford.com just for the heck of it and there is already $1500 worth of rebates (in my area). Unbelievable, its a new '08 model and we aren't even out of Sept yet! I predicted this in post #3170 but didn't expect it to be this soon.
P.s. The keyless entry pad is great if you don't want to carry your keys. I had it on my Ford's and did like it.
#3248 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [captain2]
Sep 12, 2007 (7:14 pm)
Um, the cars with the keypad also have keyless entry...
It's better to say that its a unique feature to prevent locking your keys in your car (or to allow you to do so). It has regular keyless entry as well; don't forget that fact as everyone else seems to...
#3249 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [captain2]
Sep 13, 2007 (2:06 am)
Adjustable pedals allow a vertically challenged person, i.e., short females, to adjust their seat further away from the steering wheel so they don't get whacked so hard if the airbag deploys. IMO, an very useful option if you fall in that category.
#3250 of 6854 Re: Five Hund.....er Taurus VS Avalon [tjc78]
Sep 13, 2007 (4:53 am)
the thought of leaving my set of keys in the car never occurred to me and never did on a 92 Maxima( and an Aerostar) I owned. Maybe force of habit and a fear of getting them stolen? So as a result keypads were never used and tended to delay car entry at those very infrequent times I wanted in but didn't have my fob. Old tech however dating back into the 80s that I have always thought was only still appearing on Ford products because this is something they can do and they had left over inventory. kinda like the fad with digital dashes (the Aerostar and Probe I also owned faded over time and became invisible in daylight. One other thing I've noticed is that Ford seems reticient to give upon those ugly green leds especially on secondary controls, the backlighted white (and orange) dash gauges in Toyota/lexus ( and Nissan/Infiniti) products seem far superior to me egronomically - didn't like the red/white and blue in the TL though, while clear and legigble reminded me of a pinball machine and out of character for a car of that stature.
#3251 of 6854 Re: Taurus vs Avalon [alexstore]
Sep 13, 2007 (6:31 am)
Avalon has better fuel economy than the new Taurus?? Most likely, but after driving a 2008 Taurus over 1,400 miles with a 75% highway and 25% city combination, I would say 28.8MPG average is not too shabby for the 3.5L DOHC V6. Before you slam the new Taurus, I would suggest some serious seat time in the car. This new engine has got some serious horsepower and torque, and the new GM/Ford-designed 6-speed automatic is seamless.
#3252 of 6854 Re: Taurus vs Avalon [colloquor]
Sep 13, 2007 (6:48 am)
Completely agree. The new Taurus is NOTHING like the 500. It's sooooooo much improved.
#3253 of 6854 Re: Taurus vs Avalon [newcarforme]
Sep 13, 2007 (6:59 am)
The new Taurus is NOTHING like the 500.
Except for the exterior. And the interior...
Improved, yes, but it is still much the same car as the 500 (that's not a terrible thing).