The 2017 Ford Taurus is the quintessential American sedan, with its muscular design and 365-horsepower SHO variant. Unfortunately, this traditional vehicle has been left behind by more modern sedans and family SUVs. Despite its immense size outside, inside the cabin there isn't much room for passengers compared to other vehicles in its class. However, it does have a large trunk space available that provides an incredibly smooth ride unless you choose to upgrade your wheels with harsher 20 inch alloys on higher trim levels from optional add-ons.
The Taurus offers a powerful powertrain that consists of 288-hp 3.5L V-6 paired with six speed automatic and the choice between front or all wheel drive configurations, allowing for respectable acceleration. However, its substantial weight hinders fuel efficiency as well as handling capabilities.
The optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder boasts more torque than the base V-6, but fails to demonstrate quicker performance or gas mileage in comparison. The most powerful engine is the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V–6 found on the SHO trim; this provides a hefty 365 horsepower that makes it fast yet still not particularly nimble or agile.
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The front seats of the Taurus offer a comfortable and supportive fit for any body shape, promising the utmost comfort during your journey. Not to mention, its available massaging front seats accompanied with leather upholstery and heated steering wheel provide an enhanced luxury experience. However, one issue is that when it comes to back-seat space - which could be larger as considering the size of this vehicle – you may find surprisingly snug seating arrangements.
The Ford Taurus offers minimal outward visibility due to its tall beltline and narrow windows. Moreover, the interior design is quite outdated compared to other vehicles in its class, leaving much desired when it comes to cabin materials and aesthetics. Nonetheless, this sedan stands out for one reason: an impressively spacious 20-cubic-foot trunk perfect for transporting cargo of all shapes and sizes!
Overall the Ford Taurus reliability is 53.9 and that makes it not very reliable. The chart below illustrates exactly how this ranks compared to some other cars, but the average overall rating is 57 as some comparison.
There's a lot to love about the Ford Taurus一it has great gas mileage, an impressive resale value, reasonable ownership costs, and more. MotorAsk also listed it as one of the top passenger cars that can last for over 200,000 miles.
On April 25, 2018, Ford announced plans to discontinue the Taurus (along with the Fiesta, Focus, and Fusion), in order to focus more on its line of trucks and SUVs. The announcement was part of a plan by Ford Motor Company to cut costs and increase profits.