2017 Ford Taurus vs Honda Accord
Crossovers are popular–we all get it. But more and more buyers are choosing larger, less efficient crossover SUVs instead of looking at larger sedans–and that’s a mistake. The popularity of models like the Honda Accord and the recently re-released Ford Taurus offer a smart alternative for drivers who may not be sold on SUVs but need room for people and their things. Let’s take a look at how the 2017 Ford Taurus full-size sedan measures up to the evergreen Honda Accord–which one offers the better buy?
2017 Ford Taurus vs Honda Accord
There’s something reassuringly serene about a large sedan, and the 2017 Ford Taurus certainly fits the bill. It’s as imposing and full of presence as you can get without going to a luxury model costing many, many thousands of dollars more. It is like a large Fusion to some degree, but with more authority and presence.
It’s hard to criticize the way the Honda Accord looks, but it certainly isn’t the most eye-catching car you’re going to drive. It’s modern with interesting creases and angles, but it doesn’t have the impact of the imposing Taurus does.
Despite its full-size billing, the 2017 Ford Taurus is one of the smaller models in its segment and only slightly bigger than the Accord. The stylish low roofline does compromise rear headroom to some degree, but this is still a proper five-seater with high quality of materials and trim. Add into the equation the Ford’s 20.1 cu.-ft. trunk and you’ve got yourself a real family vehicle.
Even though the current Accord is smaller than its predecessor, clever packaging means there’s more room inside and it’s on a par, and sometimes better than ,the Taurus for passenger space. However, the 15.8 cu.-ft. of trunk volume is decidedly below par, especially compared to the Ford, so this round also goes to the Taurus.
The three engines in the Ford Taurus lineup have power to spare. The base engine is the familiar Ford 3.5-liter V-6 with 288 horsepower, the second engine is a modern, frugal 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four, and the last of the trio is the sensational 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that brings 365 horsepower to the party.
Most Accords come with the standard 2.4-liter inline-four that develops 185 horsepower, which is a long way short of what Ford has to offer. The V-6 is much more powerful, but 278 horsepower still isn’t going to ruffle the Ford’s feathers much. In power and performance, it’s another win for the Taurus.
The turbo-four offered for the Taurus is unsurprisingly the most economical of the three engines, with EPA ratings of 20 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined in front-wheel drive form.
Obviously it’s a similar story with the Honda Accord, but the considerably lighter weight and less horsepower results in better numbers. The four-cylinder Accord with the CVT transmission gets EPA ratings as good as 27 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined, which is a big win for the Honda.
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It’s hard to argue with the popularity of the Honda Accord among many Americans, which has stayed steady for decades. A vehicle being popular doesn’t make it best, though, which is made quite clear by the head-to-head comparison between the 2017 Ford Taurus and the Honda Accord. If you’re looking to make an impression and you like to have plenty of power under your right foot, the Ford Taurus is the way to go.