Ford Fusion vs Ford Taurus

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - January 21, 2016

The redesigned Fusion has taken the midsize market by storm -- there have been reports that Ford couldn't keep up with demand for the stylish family sedan. The Taurus, meanwhile, occupies a less glamorous position in the full-size market, where it isn't the strongest contender.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Fusion & Taurus »

So how does Ford's competent full-size sedan compare with its dazzling midsize sedan?

Going Head to Head

With an overall length of 191.7 inches, the Fusion is 11.2 inches shorter than the Taurus. Surprisingly, though, the Taurus spends most of its larger dimensions on trunk space -- its 20.1 cubic feet are four more than the Fusion. Despite smaller exterior dimensions, the Fusion actually has similar interior space.

Yet both have four doors and seat five passengers, come standard with front-wheel drive and are priced under $30,000. Additionally, both sedans please enthusiasts and environmentalists with turbocharged engines that blend power and efficiency.

As one would expect in a comparison between models with the same make, neither sedan is necessarily better than the other, but rather appeal to different buyers. The Fusion offers good interior space in a sporty sedan with looks that match its potent but green engines. The larger Taurus provides a smoother ride and an enormous trunk as well as thrilling speed when equipped with the SHO (Super High Output) trim. For 2016, the Fusion gained available all-wheel drive with its 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

Our Verdict: Ford Taurus

Don't get us wrong -- the Fusion is an exceptional car that deserves all the praise it receives. But there's a good chance you can get a Taurus for a price that's close to the Fusion's. And bargain pricing wins the day here.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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