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Somehow the Ford Taurus manages to be a rather large sedan with a tight and cramped interior. Poor packaging efficiency, led by a center console resembling the Great Wall of China and not much rear-seat room results, in an interior that feels smaller than many midsized sedans. Small windows and thick pillars add to the claustrophobic feel, making it difficult for the driver to see out.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2000; side and head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

Somehow the Ford Taurus manages to be a rather large sedan with a tight and cramped interior. Poor packaging efficiency, led by a center console resembling the Great Wall of China and not much rear-seat room results, in an interior that feels smaller than many midsized sedans. Small windows and thick pillars add to the claustrophobic feel, making it difficult for the driver to see out. All but base trims add to the frustration with MyFord Touch's confusing and distracting controls.

Maybe 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. At least the cabin is quiet and the ride is smooth.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (263 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Rear brakes locked up”

David B., WI (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Normal repair”

Richard L., CA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“to quickly excessive brake wear”

Anonymous, PR (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Problem was connected to cruise control when it's automatic breaking system engaged for no reason. Cruise control would disengage, fuel economy went down and break wear was increased”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“During inspection new front brakes were needed”

Robert W., PA (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes grinding first week we bought car”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Front brake rotors warped on trip California to Arizona”

Richard L., CA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

“brakes constantly squeak but no issue is identied”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The pads did not need changed. I replaced the rotors in a non dealership repair shop and experience squeeking when coming to a stop. Took it back to shop. They said everything was ok, It was just the older pads with the new rotors”

Anonymous, AR (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Grinding sound from front brakes. Pads needed to be replaced and the rotors resurfaced. This has been a recurring issue with this vehicle”

K C., NC (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“rotors wear and squeak”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“at backing and take off”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Squeaking started, then stopped, but continued 2 months later. Then a pull when brakes were used developed”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“The plastic trim around taillight assemblies and blue oval on rear deck pealed off. Purchased new light assemblies and blue oval at my cost”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Front panels”

Gwen S., LA (2011 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“the molding around the tail light peeled within 2 years. The body panels are poorly aligned in general. I would rate fit and finish as poor overall”

H C., AK (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The Trim around the L/S Rear Light Assembly has peeled off Twice. 1st was replaced under warrenty. Ford would not replace it the 2nd time even though the car had only 30000 miles on it”

Joseph B., CA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Door trim, and in particular, the keyless entry door trim on driver's side, is loose and coming away from the body of the car. Despite repair made twice by dealership, keyless entry panel/trim has again lifted away from door”

Mary M., CT (2011 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Chrome on both taillights peeling”

Donald D., LA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Paint is chipping quite a bit more than I would expect. The chrome around the lights are also peeling”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Chrome trim around tail lights has peeled off and has had to be replace twice since I've had the car. Co-workers with same model had same issue”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“-Chrome around rear brake lights is almost completely gone -fit of rear deck-lid is poor causing paint to chip of rear facia-”

Ivan R., ON (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Paint on right back side cracked”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“My backup camera had to be replaced at about 55000 miles”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The loss of picture is intermittent telling me it is probably a loose wire. I will back up by mirrors before paying to have Ford check it out at their prices”

Walter P., GA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“it inverted the image”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I have had to replace the back-up camera 3x already and it continues to go out intermittently. Each time that I had it into the shop, they can't seem to find the problem, just put another new camera in. Of course, now it is out of warranty, so the next one will be out of my pocket. My trans seems to be jerking also”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Car would not pick up bluetooth signal from phone”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Intermittent loss of bluetooth”

Ivan R., ON (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Radio

“After 3 1/2 years, the radio and jukebox would intermittently not function. I have an extended warranty and the problem was corrected without charge to me by the dealer where I bought it”

Frank L., NM (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Voice control commands

“System stops working at all”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Last year I purchased the updated map for my navigation system but often times, it cannot find the route/location I need. Not the most user friendly app”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

“The heating element in the drivers seat failed and had to be replaced”

Steven Q., OH (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Driver seat heater stopped working”

Guy P., PA (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Passenger door inside handle "return spring" broken. Repaired under warranty. Recently Ford issued a recall on that problem, and all 4 such were replaced”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Car was recalled due to door latch issue. Three of my four doors had the issue. Scary!”

Mary M., CT (2011 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

“I set up the seat position for my position. Seat will not go to that positon as described in the manual, automatically”

Joseph B., CA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“when the outside temperature warms up in the summer time, the window scrapes against something as I lower it. Co-worker has the same issue with her car”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“No problems with the windows themselves, problem with body design flaws. Visibility is awful with this car, and rear window is essentially useless. Wedge-shape design creates visibility hazard both rear & sides. Belt line starts out too high to begin with, and rises toward the rear, which makes visibility even worse. The Taurus is a nice-driving car, but due to the horrible visibility, I would never buy a wedge-shaped car again. My other car is a Ford Flex, which has much better visibility,”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Broken ball joint needed replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Power steering leaks

“it leaked, hose needed replacing”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Shock was leaking oil and needed replacing”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Electroninc power steering computer went out”

Wes P., OK (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The Rack and Pinion seized up and had to be replaced”

David T., ON (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Seals leaked at ends of power steering rack at 130,000 km. Entire unit had to be replaced”

Beverly M., NB (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

“No problem. At the last service they indicated there was play in the rear left tie rod.It is expensive to repair but does not cause any noticeable driving issues”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“System continually went to full hot”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Diverter that handles dual-zone climate control seized up, hampering heating abilities esp. for passenger side”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“lost air conditioning, new condenser installed”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Heater system

“Heat will enter on driver's side, but there is cold air on the passenger's side. Have taken to the dealer, but the problem is intermittent”

Michael G., FL (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“at the end they said it was heater core air lock which caused intermittent heat loss in sub zero conditions not good, my wife drove 25 kms at -30 dam near froze not a happy camper”

Anonymous, NB (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Zone heating not functioning on passenger side. Had it fixed. 6 months later same problem”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“The A/C leaks fluid about every three months”

John A., PA (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seats

“We have power seats and they wouldn't move to readjust. That was a problem with a wire harness”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Heating element went bad”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“The drivers seat stopped working”

Susan C., ON (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“We had a module go out that caused multiple light colors at 1 time”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
USB port

“USB would not work”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water leaking in trunk - substantial enough to cause mold on any contents inside. In for repair of this issue - identified due to seal around trunk - but did not solve issue. In for repair of this issue again last month - screw on tail light suppos”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Related to previous issue, and doors collected water with drain hole blocked by oak seed pods from parking outside. Suctioned out the doors to remove seed pods and collected water”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“rattles in driver door”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Front bumper is to low to the ground. Bumper has pulled away from body 3 times due to parking in a cement bumper spot Wind noise is terrible. Cannot carry on a conversation”

Donald L., TX (2011 Ford Taurus SEL Unsure)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“The CEL came on five times in less than a year. Fuel injectors replaced, MAP Sensor replaced, Fuel Rails replaced twice. The CEL came on recently and the car is in the garage waiting for problem to be corrected”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Service engine light coming on, bad O2 sensor”

Mark M., IN (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“A wire leading to the sensor was broke in two. A freak thing. The dealer had never seen it before”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Fuel cap

“Sensors reported that my gas filler site wasn't sealed. There is no screw on cap, the spring loaded filler sealer appeared to be fine. The dealer said that it was leaking fumes and that's why the sensor was activated.The whole filler tube had to be replaced for almost $700”

Gordon D., CA (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Check engine light came on at 41,000 miles. Took to dealership and they replaced both cats under warranty. Would have been a $2,000 repair without warranty. They will probably fail again because they failed at such low mileage”

Michael K., MI (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Smell from converter it is breaking”

Donald L., TX (2011 Ford Taurus SEL Unsure)
Other/unsure

“Sometimes SYNC fails to recognize that my Ipod is plugged into the USB port”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“TRANSMISSION PROBLEM TSB 11-5-6,”

H N., FL (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transmission computer

“Control module had to be reprogrammed or replaced”

Anonymous, AL (2011 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Engine harness

“Engine would unexpectedly quit”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“The antifreeze was pouring into my oil, causing the car to severely overheat”

Norman N., MI (2011 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“The head of the bolt on the thermostat housing broke off. This caused all of the coolant to leak out of the engine as I was driving down the highway. Luckily I stopped before it was completely empty”

Michael K., MI (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The PTO valve broke and shattered the transmission case. It was repaired at no cost”

Andre H., MO (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

“Leaking of fluid in the AWD system resulting in an $1800 repair. This car was 1 month out of warranty and Ford refused to cover”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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