I have been driving the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable since 1989, company cars, I used to make fun of them unitl I had a BMW, the Taurus is bulletproof.
Corporate America buys these cars because they are safe, low insurance rates, ample parts, and they are cheap to own.
The only weak point on the car is the transmission.
Granted company cars only have pedal to the floor, brake to the floor, but at 65k the transmissions will fail.
I just bought a 2006 with 28k for personal use and asked the ford dealer for an extended warranty only the cover the tranny.
My gas mileage averages about 22 city and 28-32 hwy, for a car of this size its amazing.
My sons Scion is not much better.