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Ford Taurus

2018
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Ford put styling ahead of interior comfort and driver visibility when it designed the Taurus. We tested it with the 3.5-liter V6, which returned 21 mpg overall. The six-speed automatic can be slow to shift and is not very smooth. Otherwise, the Taurus is quiet, rides comfortably, and has lots of features. Handling is responsive but not sporty, and the turning circle is wide. Thankfully, Ford has replaced the MyFord Touch system with the superior Sync 3 infotainment system. The higher-performance SHO model has standard all-wheel drive, and its 365-hp, turbocharged V6 makes it quick, but it isn't an engaging car to drive.
All Ratings & Reliability
2013-2017
2013 Redesign Year
Ford Taurus 2017
The 2013 freshening brought variable cam timing to the 3.5-liter V6 for improved performance and better fuel economy. An optional 240-hp, 2.0-liter, turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is offered as well. On the safety front, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, Active Park Assist and backup sensors are all available. Still though, while we appreciate the quiet interior and comfortable ride, cramped interior accommodations and poor outward visibility continue to plague Ford's family sedan. Like its 2010 counterpart, this Taurus model also scores too low to be recommended.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
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2016 $15,000 - $25,975 $12,040 - $22,540
2015 $14,000 - $23,850 $11,035 - $20,435
2014 $12,100 - $20,025 $9,250 - $16,770
2013 $10,925 - $16,550 $8,065 - $13,330
2010-2012
2010 Redesign Year
Ford Taurus 2012
The car's basic platform was reworked for 2010, but the attempt to make Taurus more stylish and upscale in feel and appearance doesn't quite translate. While interior quality and curb appeal are improved, practicality takes a nosedive, with a cramped interior and poor driver visibility. Some of this could be forgiven if the Taurus was rewarding to drive, but that's not the case either. It feels like a big car and comes up short on agility. While the cabin is quiet and the ride is smooth, this version of the Taurus is outdated and outclassed. As a result, the model's overall test score is below our threshold for recommendation.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $9,400 - $13,500 $6,610 - $10,420
2011 $8,175 - $11,250 $5,435 - $8,295
2010 $7,200 - $9,725 $4,525 - $6,885
2008-2009
2008 Redesign Year
Ford Taurus 2009
After a hiatus during which it was known as the Five Hundred, the Taurus returned to the marketplace for model year 2008. A new engine makes this revised Taurus quicker and more responsive, but fuel economy took a hit. Still, all of the attributes that made the car beloved in the first place return, including its comfortable ride, ample interior room, easy access and huge trunk. Optional power-adjustable pedals help shorter drivers maintain a comfortable and safe distance from the steering wheel's airbag. Crash test results are quite impressive.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2009 $4,775 - $6,400 $2,230 - $3,730
2008 $4,500 - $5,525 $1,980 - $2,880
2000-2007
Ford Taurus 2007
The style freshening for 2000 added needed safety equipment, including side airbags. The ride is firm, and cornering is sound -- but not agile. The interior is roomy, comfortable, and quiet with adequate storage. Control layout is improved over that of the previous version of the car and the rear seatback can be folded to increase cargo capacity. The Taurus wagon is one of the few inexpensive seven-passenger vehicles of its time. On the downside, the turning circle is wide and braking is unimpressive. This version of the car also lacks rear-seat head restraints.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2007 $3,500 - $3,650 $1,150 - $1,275
2006 $3,300 - $3,425 $1,000 - $1,100
2005 $3,125 - $3,475 $850 - $1,125
2004 $2,875 - $3,375 $645 - $1,050
2003 $2,850 - $3,250 $615 - $945
2002 $2,550 - $2,975 $560 - $910
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A