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.
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.
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.