Ford's Taurus is a roomy and comfortable sedan. But at this point, the car was showing its age, as the design had been around since 1996. Handling isn't particularly nimble, the turning circle is wide, braking is unimpressive and while noise levels are tolerable, it was louder than some competing models.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"While not a muscle car it handles great and has more than enough power. Brakes (anti-lock) leave a little to be desired. Has sporty, light feel and handling."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"The head light lens having to clean them annually."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Been a good car. Bought new and still in good shape for age of car."

Anonymous, TN (2004 Ford Taurus)

"It has excellent acceleration which is often of great help."

RANDALL K., MN (2004 Ford Taurus)

"It drives and handles very well, with adequate acceleration and reasonable gas mileage"

T S., NM (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Ride isn't as harsh as expected in a truck."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"good ride for an older sedan"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Good dependable car. Handles well and is a comfortable ride."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"acceleration could be better"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Ford Taurus)

"My Taurus was purchased used. I have put 130K miles on it and have had no real issues except body rust. This was due to poor care by the previous owner. The transmission is showing signs of issues now at 235K miles. It still has peppy engine and good mileage for the size and age."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Taurus)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"when new no outside noise but not 12 years old and rubber on doors has gone bad and hear road noise that's to be expected on a 2004 vehicle"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"I find that the rear window is smaller than I'd like. Sometimes it's hard for me to see the area from between the passenger rear window across the back of the car."

MARIE G., IN (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Noise and comfort are important to me, and the climate control is flawless."

E R., IL (2004 Ford Taurus)


MICHAEL O., AR (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Great car good gas mileage nice ride"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Seating, external visibility, reliability are excelent"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"I am a long-legged 6'2" person who finds most cars very difficult to fit in comfortably. I have plenty of room in my Taurus Wagon!"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Have tg really press hard on brakes to stop."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford Taurus)

"seat and arm rest make driving more relaxing."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Taurus)

"For a 14 year old car, the ride is amazingly smooth."

Kenneth B., ID (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Very soft ride and no noise level."

John K., IN (2004 Ford Taurus)

"ease of entering drivers seat"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Ford Taurus)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"We paid $12000 in 2005 for this car with 14000 miles on it and it has run beautifully. It is comfortable on long trips and give good gas mileage"

T S., NM (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Lots of expensive repairs. Bad fuel efficiency."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Taurus)

"This has been the most dependable car I've ever owned."

JOSEPH G., MO (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Well, I bought it at a good price. It's my wife's car, but I drive it sometimes. It's a grocery getter. Slow to accelerate (3L V-6). Comfortable enough, but nothing special. Brakes are not great but ok. A ho--hum car. Had to put a sealer in the AC system. Seems to be working (2 yrs). But, who knows when it might go again. About 55,000 miles on it. Front end bushings went at about 40,000. Gas tank vapor sensor went to the tune of about $500 total. I'm sure the drum brakes on the rear"

CLARENCE F., MA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Great Value - It has cost an avg. of $100.00/yr in repairs and $ 1000.00/yr. for price paid."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Was obtained through family connection at remarkably low price as a car for teenaged son. Vehicle is so-so but price was sensational."

WILLIAM C., TN (2004 Ford Taurus)

"Looks great after 12 years. Dealership keeps trying to get us to sell it back to them because of the shape it's in."

DORIS M., MD (2004 Ford Taurus)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Just kinda blah..."

GORDON P., CA (2004 Ford Taurus)

"bad. The inside door panels have come off. The air conditioning system has stopped working. Recharging is too expensive."

LES S., GA (2004 Ford Taurus)
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