2018 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

CG Says: For 2018, Ford Taurus drops its turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Taurus is a large sedan with seating for five. A 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard. The sporty SHO has a 365-hp turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Available features include heated-cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, power-adjustable pedals, and keyless access and starting. Overall, the Taurus is smooth, refined, and quite enjoyable to drive. We’ve been impressed with the standard V6 engine. The Taurus’ weakest link is disappointing rear-seat space. Overall it’s worth a look, but we think anyone looking at large sedans needs to shop the Chevrolet Impala, Buick LaCrosse, and Toyota Avalon before making a decision.

The Facts
Class Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SE: $28,470
SEL: $30,900
AWD SEL: $32,750
Limited: $37,980
AWD Limited: $39,830
SHO: $43,645

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6 (SE, SEL, Limited)
Horsepower
288
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-27

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (SHO)
Horsepower
365
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

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2018 Ford Taurus
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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2017 Ford Taurus Review