Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Taurus VS 2015 Toyota Avalon Near Goodyear, AZ

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2016 Ford Taurus

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2015 Toyota Avalon

Safety Comparison

The Taurus offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Avalon doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Avalon doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Avalon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Taurus and the Avalon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Toyota Avalon:




5 Stars

4 Stars



5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

313 lbs.

354 lbs.

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

16 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

492/592 lbs.



5 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.5 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

145 lbs.

188 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

108 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

316/229 lbs.

467/455 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Toyota Avalon:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Abdominal Force

173 G’s

226 G’s

Hip Force

337 lbs.

384 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

47 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

Hip Force

743 lbs.

984 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Ford Taurus has a better fatality history. The Taurus was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 17% lower per vehicle registered than the Avalon, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Taurus has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Avalon doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus’ optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Taurus’ standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (288 vs. 268) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (254 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Taurus SHO’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 97 more horsepower (365 vs. 268) and 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Toyota Avalon:



Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.4 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

97.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Taurus has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon (19 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Taurus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Avalon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Taurus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon:



Front Rotors

13.86 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

11.1 inches

The Taurus SHO’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Avalon are solid, not vented.

The Taurus stops much shorter than the Avalon:



70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the Avalon (235/60R17 vs. 215/55R17). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalon (255/45R19 vs. 225/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taurus offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Avalon’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Taurus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Avalon’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Taurus SHO’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Avalon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Avalon (112.9 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Avalon.

The Taurus SHO AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Avalon Limited pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Taurus SHO AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Avalon Limited (26.8 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Taurus has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Avalon uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The front grille of the Taurus (except SHO) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Avalon doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Taurus SHO AWD is quieter than the Avalon XLE (73 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Taurus is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Avalon is rated a Mid-size.

The Taurus has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room and 1.2 inches more rear hip room than the Avalon.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Avalon (20.1 vs. 16 cubic feet).

The Taurus’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Avalon doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Taurus’ driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Avalon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Taurus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Avalon doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Avalon doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Avalon doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Taurus owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Taurus with a number “3” insurance rate while the Avalon is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Taurus is less expensive to operate than the Avalon because typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the Avalon, including $77 less for a starter, $142 less for fuel injection, $124 less for a fuel pump, $362 less for front struts and $847 less for a timing belt/chain.

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