The Ford Taurus gets compared against the Maxima, Charger, and Avalon

The Ford Taurus is Ford's full-size sedan that holds a prominent position among fleets, car rentals, and car enthusiasts alike. Here we compare similar vehicles that share similar categories and price.

2016 Ford Taurus SEL vs. 2016 Nissan Maxima S

Exterior - The main feature found with the Ford Taurus that's not with the Nissan Maxima is passenger- and driver-side heated mirrors. Both use halogen headlights and window-grid antennae.

Interior - With the Ford Taurus SEL, there's the option to upgrade your seats to heated seats (which are no longer confined to leather seats). The Maxima doesn't have an option for this feater. The other feature that differentiates is that the Taurus has a SecuriCode keypad while there is no keypad with the Maxima.

Dimensions - Rear legroom in the Ford Taurus is 4 inches longer than in the Nissan Maxima, which may make it more comfortable for back-seat passengers. There is also 3 extra cubic feet of passenger volume in the Ford Taurus.

Mechanical - The Ford Taurus and Nissan Maxima both have 3.5L V-6 engines. They both also have 18" wheel diameters.

2016 Ford Taurus SEL vs. 2016 Dodge Charger SE

Exterior - While the Dodge Charger offers the heated mirrors (which are great for cold-climate states), they don't come standard like they do with the Ford Taurus. Both come with remote activated perimeter/approach lights.

Interior - The Dodge Charger doesn't offer keypad entry like the Ford Taurus does. The Dodge Charger also doesn't have an optional navigation system or voice activated audio control like the Taurus does.

Dimensions - The Ford Taurus has an extra gallon of space in the fuel tank. The Dodge Charger is a bulkier vehicle in general while the Ford Taurus is slimmer in appearance.

Mechanical - Both feature V-6 engines. The Ford Taurus gets 19-combined mpg while the Dodge Charger gets 21-combined mpg.

2016 Ford Taurus SEL vs. 2016 Toyota Avalon XLE

Exterior - They both have similar standout features like heated mirrors and halogen headlights. The main advantage of the Ford Taurus is that it comes with remote activated perimeter lights.

Interior - The Ford Taurus comes with a premium cloth while the Toyota Avalon comes with leather upholstery. Depending on your driving style, one may be preferable over the other. Other key features that are in the Taurus but not in the Avalon include a SecuriCode Keypad, auto-dimming rear view mirror, and parking sensors.

Dimensions - The fuel tank on the Taurus has a 19-gallon capacity while the Toyota Avalon has 17 gallons. The interior cubic feet of the Avalon is 104. The Taurus has 102 cubic feet.

Mechanical - The Ford Taurus has more horsepower and torque than the Avalon at 254 lbs of torque and 288 horsepower while the Avalon has 248 lbs or torque and 268 horsepower. The Taurus has a 18" wheel diameter and the Avalon has 17".