2017 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: The 2017 Ford Taurus is relatively unchanged. The availability of a new premium sound system is about the only difference. Taurus is a large sedan with seating for five. A 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard and a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder is available. The sporty SHO has a 365-hp turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. All 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 and the optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines too. 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 2WD SE: $27,345
2WD SEL: $29,775
AWD SEL: $31,625
2WD Limited: $36,855
AWD Limited: $38,705
AWD SHO: $42,520

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
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 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

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

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2017 Ford Taurus SHO
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2016 Ford Taurus Review