The 2019 Ford Taurus is a full-size sedan, one that hints at the land yachts of decades gone by. It's an aged design, now in its 10th year. As such, fleet demand easily outstrips consumer service, although discounting is strong as the Taurus completes what will likely be its final year.

Best Value

Not all manufacturers offer full-size sedans. The market will continue to shrink as consumers blaze the crossover trail. The Taurus is larger than the mid-size Fusion sedan, but the smaller model has the roomier interior.

Ford offers the 2019 Taurus in SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO trims. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available. The first three trims have a 3.5-liter V6 with 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. The Taurus SHO comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with an output of 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The SHO has standard all-wheel drive. Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include power-folding side mirrors, LED taillights, and dual-exhaust tips. Keyless entry, full power accessories, a 4.2-inch display screen, and an audio package are also included. Our recommended Taurus Limited adds such features as push-button start, leather seats with heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard rear seats, and the top version of Ford’s infotainment system.

  • Model: 2019 Ford Taurus Limited
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6
  • Output: 288 hp / 254 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 18 City / 27 Hwy
  • Options: Driver Assist Package ($1,995, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, active park assist), Power Moonroof ($995), Voice-Activated Navigation System ($795)
  • Base Price:$38,305 (including the $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$42,090

Performance

Ford Taurus

The standard engine gets it done and works briskly around town. On the highway, the Taurus struggles at times, especially under full load. The soft ride is one of its strong points.

We like this sedan’s direct steering, but its handling isn’t nimble. It feels best when traveling on highways at cruising speed. For shoppers wanting a more performance-oriented feel, only the SHO delivers in that department.

Style

It has been 10 years since the current-generation Taurus rolled out, and this sedan looks every bit its age. Its long overhangs and high beltline magnify its bigness. Its jellybean-like look, however, shows a style that long ago went out of vogue.

Inside, the Taurus offers room for five with comfortable front-row seats, but tight seating in the rear. The base model seems cheap with its urethane steering wheel and plastic touches. The fake wood trim is unconvincing, but the leather seats in the Limited is something we like. Rear sight lines are challenging with thick roof pillars and a small rear window limiting same.

Is there a redeeming feature? Yes, that would be its 20.1 cubic foot trunk, the largest in its class. You can also fold down all or part of the Taurus 60/40-split rear seat to expand that space.

The Best and Worst Things

The Taurus SHO is the best thing about this model as it combines strong performance with decent handling. The optional Performance Package is a must for enthusiasts. But make no mistake about it: the Ford Taurus is one of the oldest models on the market. The Toyota Avalon is all-new, making this Ford seem positively dated.

Right For? Wrong For?

Ford TaurusThere's a narrow group of shoppers who aren’t fleet buyers who might find the Taurus interesting. That would be consumers looking for deep discounts on a retiring model. For everyone else, the Taurus is overshadowed by many other sedans and made nearly irrelevant by better crossovers, including Ford’s own Edge and Explorer.

The Bottom Line

If the 2019 Ford Taurus is on your shopping list, the published discounts are strong. Even stronger should be your negotiation skills, what should help you shave thousands of dollars more off of this sedan’s discounted price.