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in 2012 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $15,354 - $21,004
Original MSRP: $25,555 - $34,005
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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2012 Ford Taurus Interior

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Reviewers agree that the 2012 Ford Taurus’ interior is remarkably attractive and classy for an affordable large car. A stylish, sweeping dash and center stack show a lot of design flair. A suite of available advanced electronics, including Ford's Sync system, also sets the Taurus apart from its competitors.

  • "Taurus' cabin doesn't quite match the ambiance of most luxury nameplates, but it holds its own. Non-SHO models have some uninspiring plastic trim, especially in the center console area. To Ford's credit, most of the rest of the interior has pleasing textured and padded soft-touch surfaces." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "On the inside you'll find a handsome design and top-quality materials. Perhaps most appealing is the generous passenger room and a trunk that's bigger than nearly everything else on the market." -- Edmunds 
  • "A careful examination shows that much of Ford's efforts went into improving the Taurus' interior, as evidenced by the extensive use of soft touch materials, a modern dual-binnacle dash design and stylish sweeping center console." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "This Taurus possesses a better-executed cabin than we've seen in some luxury cars costing in excess of $10,000 more." -- Autoblog
  • "We've regularly faulted American manufacturers for their use of hard plastics in interiors. The (2011) Taurus, like the new Mustang, has gone a long way in addressing that criticism." -- Road and Track

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Seating

Test drivers find the standard front seats in the 2012 Ford Taurus comfortable, but don’t say much otherwise. Instead, reviewers rave about the optional multicontour seats, which have several air bladders that subtly inflate and deflate to change shape, helping to reduce driver fatigue. The rear seat in the 2012 Ford Taurus is one of the largest available in its class, and reviewers say three adults can fit comfortably.

  • "A wide up and down and front and back range of travel ensures most will find an accommodating driving position. Headroom is particularly expansive on models not equipped with the available sunroof." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The interior also gets high marks for comfort, especially the adult-friendly backseat." -- Edmunds 
  • "Head and leg room are plentiful in all seating positions - even the often uncomfortable rear middle seat." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Taurus' backseat is big, but it feels like the roof is encroaching more on rear passenger space compared with pre-2010 models." -- Cars.com
  • "The chunky seats wouldn't be out of place in a men's club." -- Fortune
  • "The updated Taurus is one of those rare cars in which the center rear seat is actually adult-habitable for more than five blocks." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Reviewers find that the interior of the 2012 Ford Taurus is well-designed, with logically-placed controls and easy-to-use electronics that out-class most of its competition. Most materials are appropriate for the price, but several writers note hard plastics in a few places. These include the sides of the center console, where the knees of taller drivers often rest. Ford's Sync system is available on mid-level SEL models and standard on top-of-the-line Limited models. Sync allows drivers to control Bluetooth-enabled devices inside the car, like cell phones and MP3 players, with voice commands. It has consistently earned praise from reviewers who have tested it.

  • "Brightly lit gauges are easy to read. Most controls are handy and self evident. Audio and climate functions suffer a bit from small, look-alike buttons. They are largely separate from the optional navigation system, but a touchscreen on models so equipped makes integrated functions simpler." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Taurus' control layout is quite functional overall, despite the abundance of buttons for the climate control and audio systems, and the deep-set gauges that can be hard to read." -- Edmunds
  • "In light of its modest price point, the Taurus should be a shoo-in ‘Tech Car of the Year’ candidate for the boys and gals over at CNET. Not only can you get Ford's voice-activated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link (in our estimation, probably the best system in the business, irrespective of price), you can also get such luxury features as a gangbusters Sony Dolby 5.1 surround system." -- Autoblog
  • "Adding to the quietness and space, the technology available on the Taurus honestly boosts it into luxury territory." -- Jalopnik
  • "The interior is first-class all the way: high-grade materials, smart layout, highly visible controls." -- Fortune
  • "Brightly lit gauges are easy to read. Most controls are handy and self evident. Audio and climate functions are largely separate from the optional navigation system, but a touch screen on models so equipped makes their operation simpler." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

With 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space, the 2012 Ford Taurus has one of the largest trunks available in an affordable car. The rear seats fold down to expand the space if you need more. Reviewers say the Taurus offers decent storage space inside the cabin as well, with deep door pockets and three cup holders for the front seats.

  • "The trunk is wide and deep, with an opening large enough to accommodate fairly substantial cargo. A split-folding rear seat adds further versatility. Finding three cupholders in the front center console is a nice surprise. Interior storage is adequate otherwise, with decently sized door pockets, center console, and glovebox." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The rear seatbacks can also be folded down for rare occasions where the cavernous trunk's 20.1 cubic feet of cargo room isn't sufficient." -- Edmunds 
  • "With more than 20 cubic feet of space, the trunk is big enough to swallow several large bags, further enhanced by split folding rear seats." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The trunk is vast: more than 20 cubic feet, which can be augmented by folding the rear seatbacks." -- Car and Driver

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