2014 Ford Taurus

Pros: Acceleration with SHO model; unique technology features; good ride quality; large trunk

Cons: Disappointing rear-seat room; thick roof pillars and high door sills inhibit visibility and cause a closed-in feel; many drivers find MyFord Touch tedious

CG Says: The Ford Taurus is little changed for 2014; the only update of note is the availability of a Lane-Keeping System. It comes in a Driver Assist Package that’s optional on Taurus Limited and SHO. The Lane-Keeping System functions at speeds above 40 mph and alerts the driver via a steering wheel vibration that the car is drifting out of its lane. If the driver doesn’t respond, the car can steer itself back into the lane. Any steering, throttle or braking input by the driver will override the assistance. Overall, the Taurus is smooth, refined, and quite enjoyable to drive. We’ve been impressed with the standard V6 and the optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines too. The Taurus’ weakest links are disappointing rear-seat space and the MyFord Touch system. Overall it’s worth a look, but we think anyone looking at large sedans needs to shop the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon before making a decision.

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2014 Ford Taurus SHO