While it's a sharp looking car, it's still a Ford. Disappointing highway mileage (26 mpg) is the biggest issue to me. Engine noise is a little to high and the interior quality looked a little cheap, and my cloth seats and plastic trim are already showing signs of wear and I take care of this car! I'm having transmission shift problems (as is another person I know who has one) and the car just developed a coolant leak that the dealer had to put dye in the coolant to find out where it's coming from. It is a sharp looking car though!
Sharp looking, very European. Huge trunk with folddown rear seats.
Better gas mpg, smoother transmission shifting, and overall build quality
2008 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I purchased a year ago, and 22,000 miles later, this has been one great car. This is a large car, and for the class, the ride and handling are better than expected. It is no barn burner, but acceleration is very good, and the ride is very good. The car is comfortable, quiet and rides well. I almost bought the Avaolon, but I wanted AWD and back up sensors in a large car. The saftey factor and visibility, and the fact that the ride and quietness rival the Avalon won me over. The car has been cheap to own, and trouble free. Coming out of German cars the last 10 years, this is a nice change. I like the bold looks, even with the over the top use of chrome. Mileage on highway is very good, city OK
Hands free communication, AWD, ergonomics, visibility, lots of car for the money, ride, quietness, roominess, no squeeks or rattles typical of other domestic cars, the touch of luxury for the price (wood steering wheel package, analog clock, seat memory/heated, back up sensor, nice wood grain trim)
Telescoping steering wheel would be nice, but seating position is good. Audiophile system is good with decent bass for most, but not great (swapped the subs for additional speakers and added sub, amp, and eq). Add front bumper sensors, memory for front passenger, improve city mileage, michelin tires
I traded my 04 Mustang GT in for this car (I needed a back seat) so I know power. The Taurus will accelerate decently if you put your foot down with force--but the mpg really suffers. The Limited series has a quality feel to the interior and the tech system is impressive, especially with the nav and synch. The exterior styling is less impressive, but I was after more space and the car delivers that well. Gas mileage is tricky. I was actually getting better mileage with my GT in town. On the highway I notice that if I drive steady at 70 mph I get about 22.5 mpg; cruising at 65 I get about 24.5; and at 62 (tried today) I get about 26 mpg. Not sure what speed gets 30 mpg--55 maybe?
Synch and voice controls, Nav system, auto lights, USB for zune, interior space, dual climate control
Lateral supports on seats, better city mpg, different placement for wiper and high beam control stick, nav system higher up on dash
I indicated in my first review 8 months ago that poor fuel mileage might be a deal killer, although I liked the car very much. My mileage has improved significantly since my first road trip in January. In June my round trip mileage from an identical 2000 mile route improved over 4mpg to almost 31. The difference could be due to winter vs. summer conditions, and break in. My car was new during the first trip. Now I am happy to report that highway fuel economy is excellent. Town mpg's continue to be a little disappointing. Overall, I have found my Taurus to be an excellent road worthy car, expecially for a 6'5" guy like me.
Interior room and comfort. Quiet ride. Safety
Climate and radio controls are difficult to locate and manipulate while driving. This is especially important to a senior driver.