2015 Ford Taurus vs. 2015 Toyota Avalon

Ford Taurus

Chicago and Manteno drivers trying to decide between the 2015 Ford Taurus and the 2015 Toyota Avalon usually don’t take long to select the Ford. Offering more space, power, features, and improved efficiency — all for a far lower starting price — the 2015 Ford Taurus is the only choice which makes sense.
 

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Trim Levels and Price

Ford Taurus The 2015 Ford Taurus has been made available in four trim levels, allowing drivers to craft their perfect set of features and technologies:

  • SE: Starting at $27,055, the standard model deftly caters to the needs of the average driver by including air conditioning, a remote keyless-entry system, and a rearview camera.
  • SEL: Starting at $29,485, this model upgrades comfort and styling. Dual-zone electronic temperature allows control over the environment while a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob sooth your hands during every journey.  
  • Limited: Starting at $34,405, the Limited enhances convenience with a reverse sensing system, and lets you relax into leather-trimmed 10-way power bucket seats – both heated and cooled in the front.
  • SHO: Starting at $40,220, the SHO is a performance-focused model that boasts a turbocharged direct-injection 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine as standard.

The 2015 Toyota Avalon starts at $32,285 with the XLE model – that’s over $5,000 more than the standard Ford Taurus. If that isn’t expensive enough for you, models run right up to the XLE Touring Sport, which will set you back a cool $37,170.

Powertrains and MPG

Ford Taurus The 2015 Ford Taurus puts Chicago and Manteno drivers in charge of their own drive from the get-go. Three engines are available, so you’ll be able to prioritize raw power, fuel-sipping economy, or an expert blend of both.

The standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 delivers all-around performance to suit most drivers, with 288 hp keeping the ride responsive and mileage ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway (with front-wheel drive) ensuring that you don’t spend too much time at the pump. Of course, those who want fuel-consumption to drop even lower can opt for the cutting-edge 2.0L EcoBoost I4 and see those figures fall to 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway while still enjoying 240 hp. Then there’s the formidable 3.5L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 — with an immense output of 365 hp.

Despite its inflated asking price, the 2015 Toyota Avalon offers only one engine across all trims: a 3.5L V6. Its 268 hp is less than even the standard Taurus engine, not to mention the 3.5L, and its mileage rating of 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway is outclassed by the 2.0L EcoBoost. You could conceivably spend over $10,000 more than you would for a 2015 Taurus and still enjoy a lower level of performance.

Interior

Ford TaurusPower is all well and good, but what about practicality? Chicago and Manteno drivers will be pleased to note the spaciousness of the 2015 Ford Taurus, with plenty of room to stretch out and relax. There are 39 inches of headroom in the front seat compared to 37.6 inches in the Avalon, and 44.2 inches of front legroom compared to the Avalon’s 42.1 inches.

Cargo carrying is easier, too. Hold everything from suitcases to the weekly shop with room to spare in the 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space you’ll find in the 2015 Taurus; you’ll only find 16 cubic feet in the Avalon.

 

Optional Features

Ford Taurus The 2015 Ford Taurus fills its cabin with a vast array of standard features, but it also offers a number of upgrades to ensure that the diverse needs of each and every driver are met.

Included in the 2015 Ford Taurus — but not in the 2015 Toyota Avalon — you will find:

  • Multicontour Seats: Seven seat-bottom and lumbar air cushions are concealed beneath the front seats, and they work in a gentle rolling motion to eliminate muscle fatigue during long journeys.
  • Sony Audio System: Featuring HD radio technology, an iTunes Tagging device, and 12 speakers — compared to the 11 offered by the Avalon’s available JBL GreenEdge system — this creates your perfect driving soundtrack.

Safety Features

Ford Taurus Both the 2015 Ford Taurus and the 2015 Toyota Avalon received 5-star ratings from the NHSTA during crash simulations, and each provides a comprehensive list of standard and available safety features, including:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Traction Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring

Of course, with available features reserved for higher trim levels, you’ll be paying far more for that level of safety with the Avalon than you would with the Taurus.

Drive the 2015 Ford Taurus Near Manteno, IL

The 2015 Ford Taurus thoroughly outperforms the 2015 Toyota Avalon. To experience this vehicle for yourself, just come down to Terry’s Ford of Peotone today. We’re easy to reach from both Chicago and Manteno, and we hope to see you soon!

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