The Taurus was my first car. I bought
it from the rental fleet at 22k miles.
Also, this car initially served as a
training vehicle for my wife and my
friend, and it took abuse from renters
and us pretty well. Key buying decision
factors were size, safety and style,
but the Taurus turned out to be very
dependable and with timely maintenance
required very few repairs over the
years (battery, tires, and struts).
Roomy - fits 6 people if needed. More
baggage capacity than Cherokee or
4Runner. Low maintenance cost and
unexpected dependability. Style - both
interior and exterior. The radio/stereo
console design is pretty cool. "Power
everything" - nice for the price.
Safety ratings are great.
The curvy backs of the seats are not
comfortable for tall people on long
trips. A small cushion solves the
problem. Fuel economy to horsepower
ratio can be improved.