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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NA
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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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (288 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 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

"rubber strips on the top each side. from front to back"

Linda K., MT (2015 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"a piece of the mold fell of rear the door"

Bill H., CA (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"The plastic triangle on the front window came loose and broke off"

Anonymous, NM (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Some trim pieces sheered off on the highway."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The interior of this car is absolutely embarrassing. The fit and finish will make you scratch your head wondering how it passed quality control. The roof is falling down towards the rear of the vehicle. The speaker is not mounted right on the center of the dash and is actually a little warped. The rear pillar covers are falling off. Terrible car on the inside"

Matthew J., DE (2015 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"There are locations where the paint has started to peel. This mostly occurred on the edges of the doors."

Anonymous, NY (2015 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

Air or water leaks

"Sometimes when it rains, I have water leaking into the car from the the sunroof."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Headliner in the rear, next to center stop light, has come loose has a soft rattle. We plan to get this fixed in the next couple of weeks. It can be heard only from the back seat."

Anonymous, UT (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Windshield mounted rear view mirror causes major cabin noise annoyance."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"There is an annoying rattle in the trim panel above the glove box. When we took it to the dealer they told us the rattle was in the rear-view mirror but when you press on the trim panel the noise goes away. Stupid dealer."

Michael M., UT (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"make creaking noise when making right hand turns etc... Read about similar problems on internet. Took to dealer three times and only fixed after contacted Ford. Replaced a strut and bushings"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Seal in roof loosened"

Anonymous, FL (2015 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

Mirrors

"passenger mirror was lose. Dealership had to remove door panel and tighten mirror connection"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Seat belts

"Seat belts lock up and cannot be pulled out"

Anonymous, NM (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"When we first bought the car the sunroof would open and get jammed. This happened four times and was repaired at the Ford dealership. But it kept happening over and over. Now we just don't use the sunroof because we don't want the hassle of breaking it again... Ford dealership said it was breaking because it was chilly out"

Matthew J., DE (2015 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Noisy when up and down"

Bill H., CA (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 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)

"Tail light got water in the light it did not effect the light other that it got moisture in it"

Harold T., AR (2015 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"the brake lights stay on intermittently, as if I have my foot on the brake, when I do not."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Driver's side heated seat malfunctioned. Part was affordable, labor was $400! didn't get it fixed."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 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

"The problem was with an adjustment module that controls a major belt . This belt runs the alternator, a/c and power steering. Both adjustment module and belt needed to be replaced. Also, the module that controls the all wheel drive system needed to be replaced."

Donna G., MA (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"The module that controls the tracking of the all wheel drive system was not functioning correctly which caused the drive vibration."

Donna G., MA (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Display screen freezes up

"Display locks-up often; camera stays on after putting car in reverse; screen goes blank and will not reset unless turning off car multiple times."

Michael H., VA (2015 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"screen goes black, then usually restarts again about 10 seconds later, although once it didn't come back on until car was restarted the next day. Dealer has replaced the screen but problem persists"

Mike B., WI (2015 Ford Taurus Limited 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

Calipers

"The caliper failed on a 2015 Ford"

David H., MO (2015 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brakes stuck "on" slightly and overheated brake pads"

Lee S., MI (2015 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Shifting from park to drive or reverse to drive, the transmission would shutter before dropping into gear. Once in gear all would be okay. Dealer said something about fluid draining, and it was normal. Still does it occasionally."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Ford Taurus Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl 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

Fuel injection system

"The fuel pump sensor broke on a Friday and I had to get the car towed to the dealership Monday morning, leaving me without a car all weekend. I have the extended warranty so the repair only cost $100 out of pocket."

Kevin B., TX (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Shocks or struts

"leaking oil from shock"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

Climate System

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

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.

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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