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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 5 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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NA
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?
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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 2012 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Finish coming off trim around the tail lights. Was replaced while under warranty a couple of years ago, but now the car is out of warranty and they won't replace it again unless I pay for it”

Frank P., IA (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“bumper misalined”

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“paint chipping off where trunk touches bumper”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“"Fake" aluminum trim is peeling”

Rodney H., TX (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The trim around the rear tail lights peels. They replaced it after 30,000 miles. The second trim kit is doing it too. Ford changed the trim on newer models, but did not create a fix for 2012”

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“the chrome (plastic or painted) surrounding the tail lights peeled”

Gregory B., MI (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“chrome trim peeled”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 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

“The car tried to drive to the right if not controlled. After having it aligned, it kept doing it. So I put in four new tires, which cost about $600.00 to buy and install professionally; but the shop did not have alignment equipment. Took it to Sears,”

Anonymous, PR (2012 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Replaced rear shocks twice and car still rides hard. Feel every bump @ pot hole. Very poor ride. Will not buy another Taurus because of this”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Taurus Limited Unsure)

“Vibration at highway speed caused by leaking rear shock. Out of warranty cost me $350 for 2 rear shocks”

Frank P., IA (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I brought the Taurus to the dealer due to bad vibration and problems with the brakes. Dealer indicated that the right rear shock had failed and had to be replaced. I have had to replace shocks before due to being worn out, but never a total failure”

Ken P., NJ (2012 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“Vibration in steering caused by bent rims. Repaired, but continuing to get vibration in steering wheel at highway speeds. Have to take car in again to identify problem”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Taurus Limited Unsure)
Wheel bearings

“trim around taillights peel. replaced two left front wheel hubs”

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Senor was stuck on brake light had to pay more replcement”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Chrome peeling from taillights. Installed new taillights and i have experienced another taillight with chrome peeling”

Richard S., ME (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“License plate lights, covered by recall. Interior door latches covered by recall”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“driver heated seat failed”

Richard S., IL (2012 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Just stopped working. I press the button, the light comes on for a second, then shuts off”

Paul O., ON (2012 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

“The car would have a very serious vibration when braking at high way speeds. It is fine that they needed to be replaced, but there was no early warning. the vehicle dianositic on the info-tainment system continued to indicate "brakes - ok"”

Ken P., NJ (2012 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

“Squek in am when first backing out of garage”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Brake light switch was stuck,brake lights on all the time”

T P., TX (2012 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“The back up camera began working only intermittently and finally stopped working altogether”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Phone pairing worked for a while. I was able to get it to work by disconnecting the battery to reset the system. It stopped working again. I decided it was more trouble than it was worth to fix it”

Jonathan H., MD (2012 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

“The problems I have may be related more to my iPhone than to Ford's system. However, I find it difficult to have Sync play anything on my iPhone without having to "fool it" into recognizing my phone with the Sync system”

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Locks and latches

“recall taken care of before it became an issue”

Gregory B., MI (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Loose rear interior door interior”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Have had a rattle on and off in the dash area since we purchased this car new. As for the oil leak it was fault of an oil change improperly done”

Anonymous, ID (2012 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“wind noise emanating from right side window. "Dealer could not duplicate condition", which should have been covered under warranty.”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Sync stopped connecting to our phone”

C G., CA (2012 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Both issues are related to my previous statement”

Anonymous, MA (2012 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

A/C compressor

“Failed”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

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

“Loud / unusual noise and felt like it wasn't engaging. It was a fix related to the AWD”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“I had to replace 3 sensors at the same time. An oxygen, heat, and another sensor had to be replaced”

Anonymous, KS (2012 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“This was caused by whoever changed oor oil and improperly put the filter not tight. Took three trips to dealer to finally get it fixed”

Anonymous, ID (2012 Ford Taurus Unsure 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

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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