2012 Ford Taurus Review
Among the many reasons why test drivers love the 2012 Ford Taurus are its good performance, stylish design and excellent cabin electronics.
The Ford Taurus gave the class of affordable large cars a much-needed shot of adrenaline when it was introduced in 2010. Along with recently updated competitors such as the Buick LaCrosse and Chrysler 300, the Taurus continues to stand out for its comfortable and spacious cabin, excellent interior tech, balanced ride and low base price: just a few of the reasons why we named it the 2012 Best Affordable Large Car for the Money.
The Ford Taurus isn't just a great value. Its strong crash test ratings and Ford’s MyKey system – which lets parents set speed limits to help keep new drivers safe – make the Taurus a strong choice for families who have kids in car seats as well as teens. Thanks to these safety features, we named the Ford Taurus the 2012 Best Full-Size Car for Families.
For 2012, the Taurus continues to earn the respect of auto critics. “Ford's Taurus has a lot going for it,” says Consumer Guide. “This large sedan is smooth, quiet, refined, and is surprisingly engaging to drive.” Additionally, a number of standout optional features build on the Taurus’ base trim. These include available all-wheel drive and Ford’s widely-praised Sync infotainment system.
With its sharp styling and easy-to drive nature, it’s easy to see why reviewers love the 2012 Ford Taurus.
Other Cars to Consider
While reviewers say that there’s a lot to like about the 2012 Ford Taurus, shoppers who’ve got a little bit more money to spend may also want to check out the Toyota Avalon. Although the Avalon is significantly pricier than the Taurus, many reviewers note that its cabin is just as roomy. Additionally, the Avalon’s above-average fuel economy, excellent reliability ratings and good resale value make it a top choice among affordable large cars.
However, if neither the Avalon nor the Taurus floats your boat, don’t overlook the Buick LaCrosse. While the LaCrosse also has a higher base price than the Taurus, it’s not nearly as expensive as the Avalon. Plus, it now features standard USB and Bluetooth connectivity and comes with the choice of two distinct drivetrains: the fuel-sipping eAssist or the more-powerful V6. While the LaCrosse has slightly less passenger space than the Taurus, car reviewers say it’s an excellent value thanks to its quiet, luxurious interior and longer warranty.
Ford Taurus: The Details
The 2012 Ford Taurus is available in SE, more upscale SEL, near-luxury Limited and high-performance SHO trims. Changes for the 2012 model year are minimal, including the addition of standard integrated blind spot mirrors and one new exterior color.
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- "With its roomy, comfortable interior and large trunk, the 2011 Ford Taurus is an appealing reinvention of the classic full-size American sedan." -- Edmunds
- "The Taurus delivers a good balance of comfort and responsive handling, but buyers who favor comfort above all might prefer something like the softly sprung Toyota Avalon." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "A thoroughly refined large family sedan embodying the latest in contemporary safety technology. Attractive inside and out. Roomy. Solid. Quiet. Exemplary fit and finish." -- Car and Driver
- "From an engineering and design standpoint, the Taurus is a success. It is stylish, contemporary, and functional." -- Fortune
- "The new Taurus may not ignite the marrow in our enthusiast bones, but make no mistake - it is a very, very good car, and we can see its considerable attributes fitting the bill for a wide swath of consumers." -- Autoblog