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MSRP: $26,780 - $39,980
Invoice: $24,705 - $36,882
MPG: 19 City / 29 Hwy
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Ford Taurus Review

The 2014 Ford Taurus ranks 9 out of 10 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Taurus, as well as reliability and safety data.

While test drivers like the 2014 Ford Taurus for its powerful base engine, roomy interior and large trunk, many are disappointed with its ponderous handling and confusing tech features.

The Ford Taurus comes with a V6 engine that most auto writers say offers strong, refined acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and many test drivers say it shifts smoothly. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is also available, and test drivers say that the 2014 Taurus delivers a good mix of power and fuel efficiency with this engine. The base Taurus gets an EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is decent for a V6-powered affordable large car. However, the Taurus gets its best fuel economy estimates with the turbo four, delivering 22/32 mpg. Performance-oriented Taurus SHO models have a more powerful turbocharged V6 engine, and auto writers say that the Taurus SHO delivers sharp handling and strong acceleration, along with decent fuel economy when compared with V8-powered competitors. Handling in the lower models draws mixed reviews, as some critics note that the Taurus can feel clumsy going around turns. Still, a few say that the Taurus offers acceptable handling for a large car, and most reviewers agree that the Taurus has a comfortable ride.

Some critics think the Taurus’ interior design looks dated and cheap, while others say it features high-quality materials and a handsome cabin design. Most test drivers agree that both rows of seats are spacious and comfortable, but a few think that the Ford Taurus’ rear seats aren’t roomy enough. The Taurus has one of the largest trunks in its class and reviewers are amazed by the amount of cargo it can accommodate. The 2014 Ford Taurus comes standard with a six-speaker audio system and an auxiliary input, which is a bit less standard equipment than what many cars in the class have. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system, navigation, a moonroof, push-button start, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 12-speaker Sony sound system and Ford’s SYNC system, which includes a USB port, Bluetooth and allows you to control connected devices with voice commands. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and an automatic self-parking system. Many reviewers think that the optional MyFord Touch infotainment system is difficult to use, which they say is a problem since it controls audio, climate and navigation settings.

  • "With its comfortable interior and large trunk, the 2014 Ford Taurus is an appealing rendition of the classic full-size American sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "Like a prehistoric animal living blissfully without influence from the rest of the world, the 2014 Ford Taurus has had evolutionary blinders on; it simply hasn't changed quickly enough to stay competitive in this class." -- Cars.com
  • "Ford's 2014 Taurus is working the full-size sedan market against newer rivals like the Toyota Avalon and all-new Chevrolet Impala. A tough task considering how good the competition is, but the Taurus has many tricks up its sleeve, starting with its engine lineup." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers say the Chevrolet Impala has balanced handling and an attractive, high-quality interior. The Impala also has more standard features than the Taurus, including HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port.

Automotive journalists say that the Toyota Avalon will impress buyers with its roomy, upscale cabin and comfortable ride. Like the Impala, the Avalon has more standard tech features than the Taurus, although it also has a higher base price.

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Details: 2014 Ford Taurus

The 2014 Ford Taurus seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, while a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine and all-wheel drive are available. The 2014 Taurus comes in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited and the performance-oriented SHO. The Ford Taurus was last redesigned for the 2010 model year, and received a significant refresh for 2013. Since it sees few changes for 2014, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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