Ford
Taurus
2019
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Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - November 7, 2018

Expert Rating

2.0 (Fair)
MPG
17 City / 25 Highway

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2019 Ford Taurus OVERVIEW

The Ford Taurus continues to act as the American automaker's sole entry in the full-size sedan segment. Having soldiered on without signification changes for roughly 10 years, the Taurus is a relic in a field that has seen competitors create a sizable gap with more luxury and technology features. With Ford going all in on SUVs and crossovers, production for the Taurus is set to officially end on March 2019, making the 2019 model one of the last for the Taurus nameplate.

What's New for 2019

Besides a new black color option and adding blind-spot monitoring to the Limited trim's list of standard equipment, the 2019 Ford Taurus carries over unchanged.

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Choosing Your Ford Taurus

Ford offers the Taurus with two powertrains. The standard setup is a 3.5-liter V6 that's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Output for the engine is rated at 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available. Buyers seeking more power can opt for the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that's only offered on the Taurus SHO. The more powerful motor is rated to generate 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard for the engine.

Fuel economy continues to be a sore spot for the Taurus, which isn't as efficient as some of its rivals. The most fuel-efficient variant is a front-wheel-drive model with the standard 3.5-liter V6. That combination is EPA-rated to get up to 18 miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 combined. The more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the SHO trim loses two mpg in all three categories with a rating of 16/24/19 mpg (city/highway/combined).

As a full-size sedan, the Taurus offers room for five passengers with plenty of interior space. The sedan has 102.2 cubic feet of passenger volume, which translates to roughly 38 inches of rear leg room and 38 inches of rear head room – generous figures for a sedan. Opening the trunk reveals 20.1 cubic feet of available cargo space.

There are four available trims:

SE

Pricing for the entry-level SE trim starts at $28,795 (all prices include the $995 destination fee). Standard exterior features include LED taillights, solar-tinted glass, 18-inch wheels, automatic on/off headlights, power-folding exterior mirrors, and dual chrome exhaust tips. Cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, three 12-volt power outlets, single-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch driver display screen, Ford's Sync infotainment system, and a six-speaker audio system are standard interior features. There are no available packages for the SE trim.

SEL

The SEL starts at $31,225 and adds rear parking sensors, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a remote start system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated side mirrors as standard. The 201A Equipment Group ($1,050) adds Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, an additional center channel speaker, Intelligent Access with push-button start, and more. Standalone options include a rear spoiler ($275), a power moonroof ($995), navigation ($795), and leather-trimmed upholstery with heated front bucket seats ($1,495).

Limited

Moving up to the Limited trim brings some luxury features to the Taurus. Pricing starts at $38,305 and the trim gains blind-spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an eight-inch touchscreen with Sync 3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, two USB ports, 10-way power front seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a Sony audio system, ambient lighting, door-sill scuff plates, power-adjustable pedals, a rear-window power sunshade, a heated steering wheel, a universal garage door opener, and automatic high-beam headlights as standard equipment. The Driver Assist Package ($1,995) comes with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and active park assist.

SHO

The range-topping Taurus SHO is powered by the 365-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and costs $43,970. Standard features include a sport-tuned suspension, aluminum pedal covers, high-intensity discharge headlights, and a rear decklid spoiler. The Driver Assist Package costs the same amount of money as on the Limited and brings the same features. The SHO Performance Package ($1,300) adds an enhanced sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes, sport-calibrated steering, AdanceTrac electronic stability control with a Sport mode, 3.16 final drive, an Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel, and high-performance summer tires.

CarsDirect Tip

Other competitors offer more luxury and tech features than the 2019 Ford Taurus, but few have the same level of sportiness. With that in mind, we'd go with the range-topping SHO trim. While it's the most expensive option, it brings out the sedan's athletic side. Choosing between the SHO Performance Package and the Driver Assist Package is a difficult decision, as one brings some much-needed safety features, while the other makes the sedan more enjoyable to drive.

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