If you’re in the market for a used sedan with plenty of room, Asian automakers lead the way – Toyota continues to bring its engineered reliability to the large sedan category. Ford is the only American car maker to make our top 5 list.
Close But No Cigar: Mercury Grand
Marquis, Chrysler 300 Touring (Note:
Chrysler 300 C is not recommended.)
The US-based Toyota plant that produces the Camry has shared its production facility with the Avalon since 1994. The 6-passenger, full sized Avalon was originally built on an extended Camry platform. Since 2000, this large car has been powered by a 3.0 L V6 engine that produces 210 horsepower.
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This is the fourth oldest nameplate currently sold in Ford’s American line-up. Its comfort and reliability make this model a top pick for American car buyers. Perfect for a family or if you just desire a more roomy vehicle. Most Taurus models come with a 3.0 or 3.8-liter V6 engine producing 140hp. Its good fuel economy, affordability and strong safety rating will not let you down.
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Ford released the Five Hundred in 2005 in an attempt to replace the discontinued Taurus, which stopped rolling off the assembly line in January 2005. Ford certainly hopes to at least hold the number three position in full size car sales – only the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord outsold the Taurus in America. The 500 is built on the same platform as the new Freestyle crossover. This is a fashionable high end car that should appeal to those who want the positive aspects of a SUV in a more fuel efficient sedan.
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An old Mercury name retuned to the fleet in 2005 with the release of the Montego. This mid-sized car sits on a Volvo-based luxury car platform, sharing its skeleton with the Ford Five Hundred sedan and the Freestyle crossover SUV. The Montego is the first front wheel drive vehicle offered by Mercury in the last ten years. This elite version of the Ford Five Hundred is powered by a 203-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine. It comes with either front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission or all-wheel drive and a fuel saving continuously variable automatic transmission. 2007 models continue to roll off the assembly line.
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This is the classic full size American sedan. It is powered by a tough Ford V8 engine and rear wheel drive. This solid 6-passenger vehicle rests on the old Panther platform, designed in 1978, though the Crown Vic has seen some changes since then. In 1998, and again in 2003, a change to the chassis, using hydroformed steel, and a complete overhaul of the front and rear suspension, gave the old Panther platform the ability to handle the road much better.
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