At the time I was looking to buy, I was comparing the 03 Taurus to the Impala, not the small Malibu. Folding rear seat backs are extra on an Impala as are aluminum wheels, power seat and CD player. The Taurus, with more features and half the miles on it was $2,000 less than the Impala I was looking at. Ford tends to flood the market with Taurus's, especially for rental cars. If you wait a year or less, you can get great deals on used ones (half the original sticker price)[ 15,000 miles @ $12,000 sticker for an SES].