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Putting styling ahead of interior comfort and driver visibility, the Taurus wasn't helped by the convoluted MyFord Touch control system. Fuel economy from the 3.5-liter V6 is 21 mpg. The six-speed automatic can be slow to shift and is not very smooth. A more fuel-efficient turbo four-cylinder is available. Otherwise, the Taurus is quiet, rides comfortably, and has lots of features. Handling is responsive but not sporty, and the turning circle is wide. The SHO, with standard AWD, is quick but not engaging to drive. A rearview camera is standard. Ford has replaced the MyFord Touch infotainment system with the new Sync 3 system, which is superior. Reliability has been average, but it scored too low to recommend.

Road Test

Somehow the Ford Taurus manages to be a rather large sedan with a tight and cramped interior. Poor packaging efficiency, with a center console that resembles the Great Wall of China and not much rear seat room, results in an interior that feels small...

Highs

  • Quiet interior and comfortable ride
  • SHO turbocharged version is quick

Lows

  • Cramped interior for such a large car
  • Mundane to drive

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (288 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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