The full-size American sedan is making a strong comeback with Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors introducing new vehicles into the class. We took a look at two of them, the Chrysler 300S and Ford Taurus SEL. The Taurus SEL’s exterior design can be described in one word: plain. There’s a three slot grille, a high beltline along the side, and a set of eighteen-inch wheels. The 300S’ exterior design, on the other hand, has a look that just screams out its presence. The 300S has uniquely styled headlights with a C-shaped strip of LED lights, embellished front and rear fenders, and a set of twenty-inch wheels. The interiors of both vehicles can be described the same way. The Taurus SEL comes with a sloping center stack, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, and dual-zone climate control. As for the 300S’s interior, that comes with piano black trim, a Beats Audio sound system, leather trim, and heated/cooled cupholders. Under the hood of the Taurus SEL is a 3.5L 24-valve DOHC Ti-VCT V6 producing 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to a six-speed automatic down to either the front-wheels or an optional AWD system. For the 300S, that equipment comes with a 3.6L 24-Valve VVT Pentastar V6 producing 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to an eight-speed automatic down to either the rear-wheels or an optional AWD system. Even though the 300S produces more power, it gets better fuel economy on the highway than the Taurus SEL. EPA rates the Taurus SEL 3.5L at 19 City/29 Highway/23 Combined and 19 City/31 Highway/23 Combined for the 300S. So which one is the better choice? While the Ford Taurus SEL is okay, in this comparison the Chrysler 300S is the better choice.
Chrysler 300S vs. Ford Taurus SEL Video Comparison