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Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus side view

Pros and cons

  • Aerodynamic design
  • User-friendly control layout
  • Performance model available
  • Production to cease in 2019
  • Heavy fuel consumption in SHO models
  • Limited headroom in rear seats
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption11.6 - 14.7 L/100km
  • Highway consumption7.2 - 10 L/100km
  • Width1935 - 1936 mm
  • Length5154 mm
  • Trunk space569 L
  • Cargo space569 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Ford Taurus 2012 - present is available in 4 trims:

SE trim features and specs

Available with the SE trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SE trim:
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SE trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD player
  • Computer (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
3 engines are available with the SE trim:
3.5 L - Gas - 263 hp
City consumption:11.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:748 km
3.5 L - Gas - 288 hp
City consumption:11.6 - 13.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 - 8.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:649 - 748 km
3.5 L - Gas - 290 hp
City consumption:11.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:748 km

SEL trim features and specs

Available with the SEL trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Front seats adjust to body shape (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SEL trim:
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SEL trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SEL trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Keyless entry (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
3 engines are available with the SEL trim:
3.5 L - Gas - 263 hp
City consumption:11.6 - 12.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 - 7.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:698 - 748 km
3.5 L - Gas - 288 hp
City consumption:11.6 - 14.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 - 10 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:576 - 748 km
3.5 L - Gas - 290 hp
City consumption:11.6 - 12.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 - 7.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:698 - 748 km

Limited trim features and specs

Available with the Limited trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Front seats adjust to body shape (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Fatigue warning system (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Keyless entry (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
3 engines are available with the Limited trim:
3.5 L - Gas - 263 hp
City consumption:12.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:698 km
3.5 L - Gas - 288 hp
City consumption:12.3 - 14.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.9 - 10 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:576 - 698 km
3.5 L - Gas - 290 hp
City consumption:12.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:698 km

SHO trim features and specs

Available with the SHO trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Front seats adjust to body shape
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Tire repair kit (optional)
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SHO trim:
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • Sunroof
  • Xenon headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SHO trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Fatigue warning system (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SHO trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic parking
  • Bluetooth
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Front sensors
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the SHO trim:
3.5 L - Gas - 365 hp
City consumption:12.3 - 14.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:8 - 10 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:576 - 695 km

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Learn about the Ford Taurus

Summary

The Ford Taurus is a quality sedan with an aerodynamic design and many high-tech features. It rides comfortably and quietly, making it excellent for city-use and highway driving alike. If fuel economy is important to you, then stay away from the more expensive trim levels, such as the SHO, which includes a larger, less efficient engine. At one time the best selling car in the U.S., production of the Ford Taurus will end in 2019 due to declining sales. For drivers who value its quiet engine and excellent safety ratings, it will be worth the effort to seek it out.

Safety

Ford Tauruses built in 2008 and later come equipped with an array of safety features, including front, side and side curtain airbags. Beginning in 2009, trims include a rollover sensor that deploys side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover. Other safety features in models from 2010 and onwards include:

  • Standard four-wheel antilock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control to keep the car on the road and under the driver's control
  • Standard brake assist to stop the vehicle before a collision takes a place
  • Optional blind-spot warning system to avoid collisions while changing lanes and backing up
  • Optional cross-traffic warning system to assist when reversing
  • Rear parking sensors for help while parking

When assessed by the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) the Ford Taurus earned a five-star crash test rating.  

Interior

The Ford Taurus has a very approachable and easy-to-use control layout, a refreshing change from the complex interiors of many cars these days. Power windows are standard, and air conditioning is an available option in all models 2009 and later. Heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel are available as add-ons for models 2017 and beyond.   

Technology

Ford Tauruses as far back as 2009 are outfitted with a multitude of technological features. Auxiliary input is standard in all generations, meaning you can play audio from your smartphone through the six speakers. If you would prefer to go wireless, you can add Bluetooth connectivity and Apple/Android smartphone integration. These features are available in all models after 2009 and come standard in models 2017 and later. Other technological features in 2009+ models include:

  • Rearview camera to assist with reversing
  • Remote keyless entry, so you'll never have to fumble with your keys again

The Ford Sync infotainment system with voice-activated controls and Bluetooth connectivity became available in 2008 and was upgraded with each model year—as of 2016, it became the much more responsive Sync 3 complete with an 8-inch touchscreen.

Space

Some drivers have said the interior of the Ford Taurus is not as spacious as one might expect given its large frame. This is especially true where rear headroom is concerned. Cargo space is where the Ford Taurus really shines. The trunk is a whopping 20 cubic feet, which can be expanded even more by lowering the 60/40 split rear bench.

Comfort

The Ford Taurus excels at providing a comfortable ride with good handling and a quiet engine. It comes with power driver’s seat and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel column so that you can adjust the setup to your liking. For those who like the Ford Taurus for its styling and smooth ride but want extra power under the hood, there is the SHO trim level. The SHO trim level is a performance model which upgrades the engine to a 3.5 L EcoBoost® V6, giving the vehicle an eye-popping 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. 

Frequently asked questions

No, Ford Taurus models manufactured between 1985-2007 are classified as mid-size sedans. Models manufactured since 2008 are classified as full-size sedans.

No, production of the Ford Taurus in North America will end in 2019. This is the second version of the sedan, which was also discontinued in 2006, before being revived as a full-size model.

SEL stands for "Special Edition Limited", a top-of-the-line trim level that's being offered for a limited time and comes with a number of advanced technological features.

For 34 years, the Ford Taurus was manufactured in the United States at Ford's Chicago assembly plant. Production on the sedan will end in 2019.

The Ford Taurus base model comes standard with rear-wheel drive (RWD). For drivers seeking additional traction on slippery surfaces, all-wheel drive (AWD) is available with all upgraded trims.