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MSRP: $27,055 - $40,220
Invoice: $24,959 - $37,103
MPG: 19 City / 29 Hwy
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Ford Taurus Review

The 2015 Ford Taurus ranks 10 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 are pleased with the Ford Taurus’ powerful engines and excellent trunk space, its clumsy handling and confusing infotainment system disappoint.

Powered by its standard V6 engine, reviewers say the 2015 Ford Taurus has a good amount of power and accelerates quickly enough to appease most drivers. Still, they are even more impressed with both available engines. An available turbocharged four-cylinder engine wows reviewers with its brisk acceleration and improved fuel economy, and they say the available turbocharged V6 engine delivers excellent power and the fastest acceleration in the lineup. Models with the standard V6 engine earn 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is about average for a V6-powered large car. However, models with the turbo four earn 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is one of the best fuel economy estimates in the class. Automotive writers are also happy with the Ford Taurus’ silky six-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard with all three engines. While some critics say the 2015 Taurus offers stable handling and sharp steering, others say the Taurus' large size makes for ponderous handling.

Automotive journalists praise the Ford Taurus' cabin for its handsome styling. They say that despite being outfitted with lots of hard plastics, the Taurus' interior materials quality is first-rate. The front seats have plenty of room, they say, but some critics disagree on whether the Taurus’ rear seats are roomy or cramped. The 2015 Taurus comes standard with a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio jack, MyKey and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include a 12-speaker Sony audio system, the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, active park assist, remote start, push-button start and proximity key. According to most reviewers, the available MyFord Touch infotainment system, which controls audio, navigation and climate settings, is confusing and slow. With 20.1 cubic feet of room, the Taurus has more trunk space than that of nearly every rival, and reviewers report that the Taurus' deep trunk floor and wide opening makes cargo-loading a breeze.

  • "… the Taurus is outclassed by newer large sedan rivals. Its interior isn't as roomy as expected given the car's size, and outward visibility is poor. There's also ponderous handling indicative of a big sedan and the sometimes frustrating MyFord Touch system's touchscreen controls." -- Edmunds
  • "Though it isn't as big inside as its looks suggest, the Taurus does offer a broad spectrum of technology and convenience features along with an efficient four-cylinder EcoBoost engine capable of returning 32 mpg on the highway." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

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Reviewers say the Chevrolet Impala offers a nice balance between ride comfort and stable handling. They also praise its attractive, high-quality interior. According to automotive journalists, the Impala also has roomy front- and second-row seats.  

According to reviewers, the Toyota Avalon has a comfortable, roomy interior in both the front and rear seats. The Avalon also comes with lots of standard features and test drivers like its intuitive controls.

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Details: 2015 Ford Taurus

The 2015 Ford Taurus seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. Base models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine and all-wheel drive are available. The 2015 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 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 10/16/14

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