2009 Ford Taurus SE Fleet 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
This is the first new car my wife and I have ever purchased, had always purchased year old cars before this one. The Taurus is very smooth and comfortable car... and big, which I like because it will probably be big enough to keep us from purchasing a minivan (ugh) in the future. Just took the first long trip and got 33 mpg with a little tailwind and 27 going back into the same wind. For a 4000 pound car, I think that's more than acceptable. My wife drives it to work and gets about 20-21 around town. One thing I like about this car is the interior room. I'm 6'4" and my wife is 6' and we both appreciate that Ford recognizes that there are people in the world taller than 5'8"!
The Edmunds reviewer said the V-6 is "course," I think it's a great sounding engine. Good power and fuel economy, interior and trunk space. Seats are pretty comfortable. Lots of cup holders and bins for holding all of your stuff. Sirius is nice. Transmission is flawless.
Wish it had electric power steering like the new Fusion has.