A nameplate with a quarter-century of history, the Taurus carries the tradition of providing comfortable accommodation for five people on a long-distance cruise. These days, however, it has evolved into a machine that's technologically advanced, thanks to a wide range of advanced features.
Competitors are more athletic, but few are as spacious and feature-laden as the Taurus.
For 2014, there are only minor trim and package changes.
While still handsome, the Taurus' design has been outpaced by competitors since the launch of the current version for 2010; a facelift last year didn't accomplish enough. Nevertheless, the true Taurus story is inside, where passengers are treated to vast space. The driver will appreciate a nice interior that's well-built, but the illogical placement of controls on versions with MyFord Touch are maddening. Further, an overly wide center console cramps the driving position -- the last thing anyone expects in such a large car.
Under the Hood
The Taurus boasts a diverse range of powertrains. SE, SEL and Limited cars get the 3.5-liter V6 with 288 horsepower as standard, with front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. Optional on front-wheel drive cars is a 2-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo with 240 horsepower. It's less potent, but allows the Taurus to get 32 mpg on the highway -- 3 more than the V6. For performance, the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 with 365 horsepower is found exclusively on the SHO with all-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic is standard for all models.
The 2-liter Ecoboost engine gets 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, but these ratings drop with the V6 to 19/29 with front-wheel drive and 18/26 with all-wheel drive. The high-output SHO gets just 17/25.
The Taurus is a big sedan and feels like it. While comfortable to ride in and take long distance trips on straight highways, the suspension is too soft to be responsive. Even the SHO, with the upgraded suspension and brakes is far from a sports sedan -- more of a sleeper with a big engine in it. The pick of the bunch is probably a version with the 2-liter Ecoboost, thanks to its superior fuel economy.
The SE comes well-equipped even though it's the base Taurus model. It comes standard with a 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. Amenities include the usual power features, a six-way power driver's seat and automatic headlamps. The 2-liter EcoBoost engine with 240 horsepower and better fuel economy is optional.
SEL treats buyers to more standard and available equipment including dual-zone automatic climate control, remote vehicle start, the SYNC voice recognition system and satellite radio. Equipment Group 201A adds the MyFord Touch system with touch-sensitive controls and expanded voice recognition capabilities, a backup camera with rear parking sensors, power adjustable pedals and a 7-speaker audio system. V6 cars can be equipped with all-wheel drive. Other options include navigation with Sirius TravelLink, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof and heated leather seats.
The Limited is the most luxurious Taurus -- heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery and wood trim are among the upscale features. Equipment Group 301A includes adjustable pedals with memory settings, auto-dimming mirrors, HD radio, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, blind-spot monitoring system, cross-traffic alert and a power rear sunshade. Also available is navigation with Sirius TravelLink, a power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, multicontour active front seats, all-wheel drive and the Ecoboost engine.
The SHO gets performance upgrades that make it the full-charging performance sedan of the Taurus line. SHOs get a special treatment with a blacked-out grille and unique trim. The big news is a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 that produces 365 horsepower, and all-wheel drive. The SHO Performance Package provides a variety of enhanced features.
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|Build & Price|
2014 FORD TAURUS$21,990 | 23,427 mi
2014 Ford Taurus$24,995 | 225 mi
2014 Ford Taurus$37,494 | 2,630 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$16,900 | 43,513 mi
2013 Ford Taurus$18,785 | 50,648 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$18,800 | 28,895 mi
2013 Ford Taurus$19,900 | 13,998 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$19,984 | 26,892 mi
2013 Ford Taurus$24,496 | 18,870 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$24,900 | 20,031 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$26,900 | 20,513 mi
2013 Ford Taurus$31,299 | 18,162 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$31,900 | 7,894 mi
2012 FORD TAURUS$26,984 | 16,316 mi
2011 FORD TAURUS$15,500 | 65,919 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$17,995 | 60,341 mi
2011 FORD TAURUS$18,999 | 37,500 mi
2011 FORD TAURUS$20,495 | 16,032 mi
2011 FORD TAURUS$21,570 | 6,331 mi
2010 FORD TAURUS$12,700 | 91,450 mi
2010 Ford Taurus$14,750 | 96,453 mi
2008 Ford Taurus$9,749 | 108,619 mi
2008 Ford Taurus$9,975 | 61,815 mi
2008 Ford Taurus X$14,995 | 75,485 mi
2007 FORD TAURUS$7,487 | 92,548 mi
2003 Ford Taurus$4,990 | 138,354 mi
2003 Ford Taurus$4,990 | 148,933 mi
1999 Ford Taurus$9,999 | 60,396 mi
Stylish, technology-laden and offers a wide array of engines for a good price
Offers potent V8 and traditional rear-wheel drive layout, although it's not as spacious as some rivals
Good value and well-equipped, but otherwise dull
Offers potent V6 or efficient hybrid engine with library-like isolation, but isn't fun to drive