Pricing for the 2018 Taurus starts at $28,470 for a base SE and rises to $48,025 for an SHO finished in optional White Platinum and equipped with a moonroof, navigation, and the Driver Assist Package. All models are equipped with a six-speed automatic mated to a 3.5-liter V6, although twin turbos are bolted to the one under the SHO's hood. The SE is front-wheel drive only, SEL and Limited trims are offered in either front- or all-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is standard on the SHO.
The Taurus SE comes equipped with the usual power features plus a pair of power front seats, a 4.2-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rearview camera. We'd skip both it and the SEL and head for the Limited and its standard dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel, park assist, the option of all-wheel drive, keyless push-button start, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, leather seats (cooled up front, heated all around), 20-inch alloy wheels, Sony speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and access to a number of advanced safety features.
Here's how we'd build it:
- Model: 2018 Ford Taurus Limited
- Engine: 3.5-liter V6
- Output: 288 hp / 254 lb-ft
- Transmission:Six-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy
- Options: Ruby Red Metallic ($395), Driver Assist Package ($1,995, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, active park assist), Power moonroof ($995).
- Base Price:$37,980 (including the $875 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$41,365