If you need a bigger car, but can’t deal with steep payments for luxury makes, take a look at some of these Best Affordable Large Sedans. Size-wise, they fit the bill, comfortably seating five adults. Standard and optional features, reliability, automaker reputation, and price are also stellar selling points. What’s more, with affordable large sedans (priced generally below $35,000) you can almost approximate what you’d get in the higher-priced luxury makes – for a whole lot less.

Here, then, are our top picks for Best Affordable Large Sedans:

  • Ford TaurusAll-new inside and out for 2010, the Ford Taurus full-size sedan has another really compelling draw for consumers: the same $25,170 starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) as 2009. Available in four models, SE, SEL, Limited, and the high-performance SHO, Taurus is easy to drive, offers predictable handling, quick acceleration, and luxury features such as voice-activated SYNC system and available multi-contour seats. The rear seat is also larger in every measurement than the old Ford Crown Victoria. Taurus is one of only a few large sedans with available all-wheel drive (AWD). Power comes from the 263-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, which gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway (17/25 mpg with AWD). Taurus SHO has the 365-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged engine and features standard AWD. Consumer Guide says: “This large sedan is smooth, quiet, refined, and engaging to drive. Ford’s flagship sedan is a Best Buy that offers a breadth and depth of features, gadgets, and trim levels, all at prices that make it stand out among a wide variety of midsize and large cars.”
  • Chrysler 300Boasting the same type of muscular attitude as the Ford Taurus, the 2010 Chrysler 300 offers consumers entry-level luxury, fuel-efficient V6 or powerful V8 engine choices, good handling and drive quality, and roomy interior with huge backseat space. Available in Touring, Touring Signature Series Value Package, Touring AWD Signature Series Value Package, Limited, 300C and 300C SRT8, Chrysler 300 has a starting MSRP of $28,010 (Touring). Base engine is the 178-hp 2.7-liter V6 in Touring, while Signature and Limited models get the 250-hp 3.5-liter V6. The 300C is powered by a 360-hp 5.7-liter V8, while 300C SRT8 gets the top-ranked 425-hp 6.1-liter V8. Edmunds remarks: “It’s a capable and appealing car that reminds us why big, powerful sedans have always had an enthusiastic American fan base.”
  • Buick LucerneConsumers looking for an especially spacious, comfortable, V8-powered full-size sedan can have it all in the 2010 Buick Lucerne. Available in base CX, CXL, and Super models, Lucerne is powered by a 227-hp 3.9-liter V6 (CX, CXL), or 292-hp 4.6-liter V8. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway (V6) and 15/22 mpg (V8). Starting base MSRP is $29,230. Kelley Blue Book comments: “Although classified as a ‘near-luxury’ car, the Lucerne’s combination of affordable pricing and rich content offers those considering a Lincoln, Acura, or Volvo a legitimate alternative with some serious cost savings.”

Another consideration for Best Affordable Large Sedans is the Hyundai Azera, with a base MSRP starting at $24,970.

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