In the sensible-shoes category are these two mechanically-similar sedans. Instead of thirsty V-8s, they are both powered by twin-turbo V-6s, part of Ford's Eco Boost family. As the numbers show, they provide perfectly adequate performance and better than adequate fuel economy. Both cars are rated at 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway. The 2011 Taurus starts at $38, 155; the 2011 Lincoln at $41,500.
All the market research, focus groups, and top engineering can't change one simple fact: Sometimes carmakers blow it. More
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