2016 Ford Taurus vs 2016 Kia Cadenza

The current market of large sedans attempt to bridge the gap between family sedan and sports car. The 2016 Ford Taurus vs 2016 Kia Cadenza looks at two cars that attempt to add a little fun to the family sedan class.

Both cars begin by offering V6 engines, a 3.6-liter on the Ford Taurus and a 3.3-liter on the Kia Cadenza. After the initial engines, the similarities end. The Kia only offers the base engine, while the Taurus goes on to offer two additional engine options. In addition to the base engine, the Taurus can be equipped with a turbocharged EcoBoost engine four-cylinder engine that helps to maximize the sedan’s fuel economy. Estimates on the EcoBoost check in at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. Ford’s turbocharger does its job, helping the smaller engine to produce 240 horsepower. The best fuel economy ratings on the Cadenza come with the base engine, which offers 19 city/28 highway miles per gallon.

The 2016 Ford Taurus offers a third and final engine that is tailored to performance. SHO trim level Taurus models come equipped with a powerful turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. This powerful V6 churns out 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, turning the Taurus into a performance sedan.

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2016 Ford Taurus VS 2016 Kia Cadenza
3.6-liter V6 Base Engine 3.3-liter V6
22 city/32 highway mpg Best Fuel Economy 19 city/28 highway mpg
365 Max Horsepower 293
4 Trim Levels 3

2016 Ford Taurus, 2016 Kia Cadenza Trim Levels and Features

Both the 2016 Ford Taurus and 2016 Kia Cadenza spread their features out over multiple trim levels. Ford offers the Taurus in four trim levels, while the Cadenza is only available in three models. The Taurus starts out with the base SE trim. SE trim levels still include a slew of great features, including 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, integrated blind-spot mirrors, LED taillights, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera and connectivity via USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth.

Higher 2016 Taurus trim levels continue to pack on the features. The sedan can be equipped with heated mirrors, LED accent lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 20-inch wheels, the Sync 3 infotainment system, leather upholstery, wood trim and heated and ventilated front seats.

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