|Midsize car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $2,300*|
1995 Ford Taurus SE 4-door sedan
1993 Ford Taurus SHO 4-door sedan
1990 Ford Taurus GL 4-door wagon
1993 Ford Taurus SHO interior
1993 Ford Taurus interior
We rank the early ’90s Taurus/Sable among the most impressive domestic cars: solid, roomy, great to look at, and a joy to drive.
Launched to great fanfare for 1986, the Mercury Sable looks similar, but the midsize sedans shared no sheetmetal. Both mix contemporary design with a spacious interior. Starting in 1990, a driver-side airbag was standard on all Taurus models. A 4-cylinder engine continued to power the L and GL sedans, but wagons held a 3.0-liter V6. At LX level, sedans used the 3.0-liter V6, while the wagon benefited from a 3.8-liter V6.A high-performance SHO version, introduced for ’89, carries a 220-horsepower twin cam V6 that was built in Japan from a Yamaha design, plus all-disc brakes and 5-speed manual shift. No automatic transmission was available, but antilock braking was added during the SHO’s 1990 season. ABS was optional on other sedans.
A new 4-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control went into Tauruses (except the SHO). Four-cylinder engines gained 15 horsepower. Antilock braking was optional on wagons as well as sedans, and the SHO gained new wheels and tires.
Subtle restyling for 1992 mixed the familiar shape with fresh sheetmetal, powered only by V6 engines. A new dashboard had space for an optional passenger-side airbag.
For ’93, the sizzling SHO finally could get an automatic transmission, with a larger, torquier engine than the manual-shift version. Base L models were dropped, but the GL borrowed most of the L’s trim to become the entry-level Taurus. All models had body-color bumpers.
All Tauruses now had both driver- and passenger-side airbags.
A Sport Edition (SE) sedan joined for ’95, with aluminum wheels and sport bucket seats. An all-new Taurus was ready to bow for ’96.