Full-size sedans aren't typically the best option for car shoppers seeking stellar gas mileage. However, for those who want a lot of interior cabin space, fuel efficiency is likely still a concern. Keep reading to compare the top four most efficient large cars for 2012.
The standard Ford Taurus comes outfitted with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is good for 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Reviewers give the Taurus high marks for its upscale interior, cavernous trunk and long list standard features. For an initial asking price of $25,555, you'll get 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, power driver's seat, six-speaker stereo and more. For extra power, a twin-turbocharged 365-hp V6 engine is available. Fuel efficiency for this power-hungry option drops to 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
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The Toyota Avalon is a large car that leans more towards comfort than engine performance. While the downside of this is a less-than-exhilarating ride, the upside is fairly good fuel figures. The EPA estimates drivers will get 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. These numbers are courtesy of a 3.5-liter V6 that manages 268 horsepower. Beyond its comfortable interior, the Avalon is also lauded for impeccable safety, strong reliability and good resale values. Base models start at $33,195, which may be a little expensive for some shoppers. However, you'll get a lot for that price, including leather seats, foglights, sunroof, automatic headlights, back-up camera, wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker stereo and more.
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The Dodge Charger is one of the better full-size sedan options for those concerned about vehicle performance. Standard models receive a 3.6-liter V6 engine that manages 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque. In general, the Charger gets good marks in the categories of handling and acceleration. Despite this fact, the Charger is also one of the most fuel-efficient models in the class. At its best, the Dodge sedan delivers 19 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. All Charger models come standard with automatic headlights, keyless ignition, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, power driver seat, six-speaker stereo and more. Base price for the 2012 Dodge Charger is listed at $25,495.
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The Chrysler 300 comes with the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that is found on the Dodge Charger. As such, the two Chrysler stablemates share the same fuel figures (19 mpg city, 31 mpg highway). Compared to the Charger, the Chrysler 300 is a more upscale model. For the starting price of $27,170, you'll receive 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control, 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, six-speaker stereo and more. The vehicle is also applauded for its high level of comfort, sleek styling and quiet drive.
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