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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 Performance

Reviewers say the 2015 Ford Taurus’ base engine offers plenty of power, but most prefer the available turbocharged 2.0-liter and V6 engines for their strong power delivery. While some test drivers say the Ford Taurus offers secure handling, others think it feels big and unwieldy.

  • "The Taurus SHO is the quickest, best-handling and most technology-packed member of Ford's full-size Taurus sedan family. It boasts a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 along with a sure-footed all-wheel-drive system and loads of luxury features." -- Left Lane News
  • "Despite all these tweaks, the 2014 Ford Taurus is only average to drive. Like many of its rivals in the full-size sedan class, it is aimed more at comfort and style than driving fun." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The Taurus is no 7 Series, but does deliver impressive ride comfort, a serene cabin and adept handling - not to mention impressive acceleration from both the V6 and turbocharged EcoBoost engines." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 is very refined, provides more than adequate power, and delivers good acceleration. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly and is well behaved overall." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Ford Taurus comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower. A 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also available. The performance-oriented Taurus SHO comes with a 365-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. According to the EPA, the base Taurus gets 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. However, with 22/32 mpg city/highway, models with the available 2.0-liter engine earn the best fuel economy estimates in the lineup.

Most test drivers say the 2015 Taurus’ standard V6 engine delivers seamless power and accelerates with ease. While reviewers are pleased with the base engine’s performance, they are more impressed with the available turbocharged engines. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine offers swift acceleration along with excellent fuel economy estimates, reviewers say. According to critics, performance-oriented SHO models are exceptionally powerful while earning better fuel economy than V8-powered competitors. They are also impressed with the slick-shifting, responsive six-speed automatic transmission.

  • "The standard V6 provides sufficient power, though the optional turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder offers an appealing blend of power and outstanding fuel economy. The Taurus SHO's turbo V6 delivers strong acceleration while still being more fuel-efficient than its competitors' V8 engines." -- Edmunds
  • "Ford's turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine cranks out 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque (that's more torque than Ford's standard 3.5-liter V6), yet attains an impressive 32-mpg highway figure, all without turning this full-size sedan into a slug on the road." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unfortunately, the Taurus just didn't live up to the high driving standard set in our Challenge. When accelerating, there was quite a lag before the Limited's 3.5-liter V-6 engine's power really kicked in. It took more nursing than I would like to get smooth acceleration up to speed from a full stop." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "In the hills outside Portland, Oregon, we found the V-6 engine plenty powerful." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Handling and Braking

Critics are divided on the Taurus’ handling capabilities. While some say it offers well-controlled handling and responsive steering, others write that the Taurus feels clumsy and unstable when cornering. However, some test drivers report that models equipped with all-wheel drive have sharper handling than base models.

  • "The Ford Taurus serves up a comfortable and quiet ride, and the handling is confident, if not exactly sporty." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Whereas many other large sedans drive and feel like smaller cars, the Taurus has a lumbering feel around turns that detracts from driver confidence." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "The Taurus suffered a lot of lean in corners, which I noticed both as a driver and as a backseat passenger. In the back, I was thrown around on a twist and then a turn while the driver got up to speed approaching a highway on-ramp." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "Taurus handles most curves with a confidence that belies the car's large exterior size. Steering is nicely weighted and accurate. Grip with all-wheel drive is excellent. Braking performance is strong with easily modulated pedal action. A small turning radius helps in close-quarters maneuvering." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 10/16/14

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