Today we are going to talk about Ford Taurus 2016 Vs Nissan Altima 2016 and this comparison is going to be exciting. Alright, so, you’ve got the money, you’ve got the right mind-set and you’ve got a couple of strong candidates in your mind. But, you still can’t decide which one to pick, because there are so many great options out there on the market of contemporary sedans and every last one of them looks so damn good…The obvious thing to do would be to go with the class-leaders, the well-established kings and queens, including the Camry, the Accord, the Impala, the Taurus, the Altima, the Accent and the rest of the bunch. Wait, that still makes a huge pile of solid picks, so, which one do you go with?!
First of all, you gotta know one important fact about sedans: they come in different sizes and shapes, and while for a family guy a compact sedan won’t do any good, the differences between a mid-sizer and a full-sizer are not that apparent at first, and that means you’ll need my help to figure it out :).
With that said, I know it looks kinda strange of me to start this Ford Taurus 2016 vs Nissan Altima 2016 review, given the fact that the Taurus is a full-size sedan, while the Altima is a mid-sizer, more suited to rival against the likes of Camry and Accord, to name a few.
So, why did I put these two against each other? Well, it’s simple, really: Sometimes you need to match two things that seem unmatchable at first in order to see their strong sides and weak sides. Don’t you worry, my friends: I’ll keep the reviews coming and you’ll see some “proper comparisons”, including the Taurus vs the aforementioned Impala, the Avalon, the Kia Cadenza, the Chrysler 300 and the rest of the mighty bunch.
Do You Want More Room In The Back, Or In The Front?
But, for now, just bear with me and try to keep up with the Ford Taurus 2016 vs Nissan Altima 2016 competition. At the end of the day, with the rivalry on the market these days being as crazy as it is, and the American customers being used to all kinds of luxury features, technological equipment, and impressive powertrains even in the most low-budget vehicles, it’s safe to say that you’ll be happy with any of the cars I just mentioned, even if you’re not a fan of sedans (I actually don’t know a person in the world who doesn’t love them, but still). Another quite important thing to note is that we also appreciate our comfort and we’ll never drive a car that’s not 100% with coziness and cushiness.
I call that being spoiled, but come on, it’s all good, right? So, speaking of comfort, I have to report that given the fact that the Taurus is a real-world full-size sedan, it obviously offers a lot more leg- and head-room in the back and the rear-seat passengers will have tons of fun there, with enough space to stretch those legs, hands and everything else in between :). I’m not saying the Altima is too far behind, but it still can’t match Ford’s generous delivery. On the other hand, Nissan snatches the medal in the front and will be your favorite pick if you need more room in the driver’s/front passenger’s seat. With that said, I’m guessing we’ve got our first tie in the Ford Taurus 2016 vs Nissan Altima 2016 clash.
Ford Taurus 2016 Vs Nissan Altima 2016 – Dimensions And Cargo Capacity
If you love partying in the back, there’s nothing better than the full-sizer right from Dearborn, but if you need more space in the cabin, the Japanese got you covered. However, when it comes to seating capacity, you’ll be surprised to learn that the two offer the same number of seats, even though Taurus is a full-sizer. Still, it does have significantly greater cargo capacity, and that means you’ll be able to take away have of your stuff with you or rob a bank/mall and fit it all in the car.
If you’re interested in the warranty details (and you should), you’ll learn that both sedans offer the same standard deal of three years/36K miles. Now, another important factor to consider would be the larger dimensions of the Blue Oval Brand’s model, as the big size will only make you that much more nervous and frustrated when you won’t be able to find a good enough parking lot spot to park your monster-of-a-car. It’s a challenging thing in any case, but with the mid-sized Altima, I believe you’ll be a lot happier on your next trip to the supermarket/theater/whatever.
I personally know people who really-really love their full-sizers but can’t seem to get enough troubles with parking and have to circle around a couple of times (maybe even more) to find a new spot. So, this round of the Ford Taurus 2016 vs Nissan Altima 2016 competition clearly goes out to the Japanese manufacturer, as size does always matter :).
Powertrain Wars – The Horses, The Torque And The MPG
As for the powertrain, the Taurus comes standard with a 3.5-lit V6 that’s good for 288HP and 254 lb-ft of torque, while the turbocharged 3.5-lit V6 is capable of 365 Horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which is quite impressive, even by the segment’s standards. As for the latest Altima, you’ve got a 2.5-lit 4-cylinder pumping out 182HP and 180 lb-ft of torque, with the mighty-mighty 3.5-lit V6 (aha, that same engine, but without the turbo) is good for 270HP and 251 pound-feet of torque. So, as you can see, it’s not even a discussion: Ford has this round in its pocket.
On the other hand, some folks don’t really care about Horses but do appreciate a car that comes with solid fuel-efficiency, and in that case, Nissan wins big time. The entry-level powertrain on the Taurus returns 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 19MPG in the city (23MPG combined) (25MPG hwy/17MPG city with the turbo unit), while the Altima gets back with 39 miles on the highway and 27MPG in the city (31MPG in combined driving) and 32MPG hwy/22MPG city (26MPG combined) with the V6 under the hood. Yep, the Japanese grab the medal in this super-important round of the Ford Taurus 2016 vs Nissan Altima 2016 clash.
Come on, you can’t have a perfect vehicle, guys!
Ford Taurus 2016 Vs Nissan Altima 2016 – Comparing The Price-Tags
If you’re a single fella, I’m confident that you’ll go with the mighty full-sizer, but, if you’ve got a family to take care of, the more logical pick would be the brand-new Altima that takes care of that ever-thinning wallet of yours :). Alright, what else is there to talk about? Ah, that’s right – the price-tags, of course! Come on, you can’t go dreaming about the next gorgeous car without at least peaking at the cost! So, let’s go shopping, shall we? The entry-level Altima 2.5 will cost you no more than 22.5K MSRP, which is more than a fair price tag. At the same time, the entry-level Taurus, the SE edition will drain your wallet of 27.1K MSRP, and that’s a 5K difference, folks!
Furthermore, the ultimate 3.5 SL Altima can be yours for 32K, while the mighty-mighty Taurus SHO is worth 40K. True, you’ll get more standard features with the Ford model, but I’m not actually sure that you should pay additional 5 thousand dollars for that. As always, you gotta make a list of pros and cons and figure out what is it exactly that you need, so that you don’t end up regretting your pick for the years to come. And that’s it for my Ford Taurus 2016 vs Nissan Altima 2016 comparison. As you can see, the two sedans have their strong sides and their weak sides, but, at the end of the day, they’re both pretty capable and awesome. Take care and pick wisely!
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