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2014 Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 288 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2014 Ford Taurus

  • With its comfortable interior and large trunk, the 2014 Ford Taurus is an appealing rendition of the classic full-size American sedan.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Long list of standard features and cutting-edge options; quiet and comfortable ride; humongous trunk; available fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine; available all-wheel drive.

  • Cons

    Cabin can feel confining; drives like the big, heavy sedan it is; MyFord Touch interface can be frustrating to use; SHO model's steep price tag.

  • What's New for 2014

    There are no major changes for the 2014 Ford Taurus, save for new wheel designs and minor tweaks to standard and optional equipment. A lane-keeping assist feature has been added to the Driver Assist package.

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Customer Reviews

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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Very poor quality

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Vehicle: 2014 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The build quality of the new Ford Taurus is very cheap. If this car is driven for any time at all I can't see it lasting more than 4 years. The paint job is horrible! It will scratch at the slightest touch. The craftsmanship is of very low quality. Ford reverted back to the 70's when they built the Taurus. And, it's a shame because the design of the car is very attractive. I truly regret returning to Ford.




Awesome!!

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Vehicle: 2014 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Traded in my 09 Buick Enclave for this. As everyone knows, nothing rides like a Buick. I can finally see everything at a 4 way stop. This car has everything for music lovers! My USB port is loaded with over 800 songs. Personalized pictures etc. the technology here is amazing!! Nice highway ride, not as nice as the Buick but I doubled my gas mileage!! Seats are comfortable, handles excellent. Red exterior, Sand interior. What a head turner! Navigation is a little weird but I just send directions to my car from Mapquest. You can somewhat even customize your dashboard and even ask for gas prices and it will come up on your screen!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Bang for your buck, great

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Vehicle: 2014 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

We bought the Taurus SEL AWD V6 after trading our 2010 Escape Limited. Our SEL was upfitted with the 201A package, then they added heated leather, 8 inch touchscreen with voice-activated navigation, moonroof and it was still $5,500 under a Limited. If you don't need the Sony sound and a few other costly and unnecessary options, the upfitted SEL is the better buy. 18" wheels give it a smooth but assertive ride and its a very confident car to drive. The V6 does a great job and surprises you with how well it really pulls consistently from zero to 100+...not neck snapping but very fun. AWD excellent in nasty conditions, very quiet and a great value with incentives and rebates.



16 of 18 people found this review helpful

2014 ford taurus sel rocks!

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Vehicle: 2014 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Simply the best, quietest, most comfortable car ever!



14 of 49 people found this review helpful

2014 limited 2.0 ecoboost turbo

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Vehicle: 2014 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

2.0 Ecoboost I4. Rated at 32 mpg. Car averages 23-25 mpg highway on premium after 8240 miles. I commute 110 mi/day. Driver assist package is the worst. 15 menu clicks to turn on std cruise control instead of adaptive - defaults to adaptive when the car is shut off. Sony stereo sounds tinny, no bass. Many Sync issues. Can't use it on accessory power. It shuts off automatically and sends a message to start the engine if you want to use the system. Phone doesnt connect consistently after paired. This after new update. Only 2/3 of the heated steering wheel is heated, not the top 1/3. Can't use any climate button on console wearing gloves! Exhaust smell in stop/go traffic sucked in by the heater.



Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
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  • 29
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Full 2014 Ford Taurus Review

What's New for 2014

There are no major changes for the 2014 Ford Taurus, save for new wheel designs and minor tweaks to standard and optional equipment. A lane-keeping assist feature has been added to the Driver Assist package.

Introduction

The large American sedan is making a comeback. Some might say it never left and only went into hibernation until fuel efficiency gains were achieved, but Ford has one of the best-equipped, most efficient family sedans available. Once a common sight in American driveways, the Ford Taurus slipped off buyers' radar in the early years of the 21st century due to its uninspiring design, lack of amenities and mediocre performance. But a major overhaul in 2010 made the Taurus a much more desirable option for consumers seeking a full-size, feature-laden sedan.

For 2014, the Chicago-built Ford Taurus gets a slight equipment shuffle and even more available safety features, including a new lane-keeping assist system that's part of the Driver Assist option package. Inside, the 2014 Taurus incorporates the latest versions of the Sync voice control and MyFord Touch touchscreen interface systems. Unquestionably, these systems bring the Taurus into the modern era by expanding functionality and connectivity options in the cabin. But we've found that it takes time to acclimate, especially if you're accustomed to driving a car with a more traditional control layout.

The standard V6 on the 2014 Ford Taurus pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission that drives the sedan's front wheels, though all-wheel drive is also available for buyers who are weather-challenged. The high-output turbocharged V6 on the SHO model is aimed at drivers who want to go quite a bit faster, while on the opposite side of the spectrum there's a thrifty, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With an estimated 26 mpg in combined city/highway driving, the EcoBoost four-cylinder is a smart choice for buyers who want a big sedan with a small appetite for fuel.

Naturally, the 2014 Ford Taurus isn't the only full-size sedan vying for your attention. As in the heyday of American sedans, you owe it to yourself to check out the fully redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Rounding out the Big Three's offerings, the competitively priced Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are also worth serious consideration given their combination of style, performance and features. We'd also recommend a test-drive of the recently updated Hyundai Azera along with the Toyota Avalon, which comes in a highly efficient hybrid variant. Most of these rivals have roomier passenger quarters than Ford's sedan, but the 2014 Taurus remains a solid choice, particularly if tech features, fuel efficiency and available all-wheel drive are high on your priority list.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Ford Taurus is a full-size five-passenger sedan offered in SE, SEL, Limited and SHO trim levels.

Standard equipment on the entry-level SE includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, integrated blind-spot mirrors, LED taillights, an exterior-access keypad, cruise control, air-conditioning with rear seat vents, a six-way power driver seat (manual recline), a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The SEL adds 18-inch wheels; heated mirrors with puddle lamps; remote ignition; dual-zone automatic climate control; upgraded cloth upholstery; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; satellite radio; and the Sync system, which provides Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and allows you to control phones, iPods and other media players through voice commands.

Options on the SEL are extensive: Group 201A includes rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, power-adjustable pedals, MyFord Touch (includes a large center touchscreen plus two additional displays in the gauge cluster), two USB ports, an SD card reader, RCA video/audio input jacks, expanded Sync functionality (including traffic updates and turn-by-turn directions) and an additional center speaker. Free-standing SEL options include leather upholstery (packaged with heated front seats and a six-way power passenger seat), a power sunroof, 20-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and a voice-activated navigation system.

The Taurus Limited has the MyFord Touch interface and rearview camera as standard, along with 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, ambient interior lighting, perforated leather upholstery, heated/ventilated 10-way power front seats with driver-seat memory functions and a power tilt-and-telescoping wood-trimmed steering wheel. The Limited's optional 301A package adds automatic high beams and wipers, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, a blind-spot warning system (with rear cross-traffic alert), power-adjustable pedals, a 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio, heated rear seats and a rear sunshade. The Driver Assist package further adds adaptive cruise control, a collision-warning system with brake support, lane-keeping assist and an automated parking system. Additional stand-alone options for the Limited are 20-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, a sunroof, the navigation system and multicontour front seats with active bolsters and a massage feature.

The Taurus SHO includes all of the Limited's major equipment and supplements that with a more powerful V6 engine, all-wheel drive, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, aluminum pedals (that are still power adjustable), uniquely tuned steering, xenon headlamps and unique leather upholstery with faux-suede inserts. The optional SHO Performance package adds performance brake pads, an even sportier state of tune for steering and suspension, a different final-drive ratio (for quicker off-the-line acceleration), a defeat function for the stability control, 20-inch wheels, summer tires and simulated suede trim on the steering wheel. Stand-alone options are identical to those on the Taurus Limited, except for the spoiler, which is standard on the SHO.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Taurus is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift button on the console shifter and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is available as an option on the SEL and Limited models. EPA fuel economy stands at 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. Opting for AWD drops those numbers to 18/26/21.

Optional on the SE, front-drive SEL and Limited models is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's rated at 240 hp and a stout 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine is the fuel economy leader, earning EPA estimates of 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway and, most notably, an impressive 26 mpg combined.

The Taurus SHO gets a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic with shift paddles are standard. In Edmunds performance testing, the Taurus SHO went from zero to 60 in a quick 5.8 seconds. Fuel economy ratings for the SHO are 17/25/20.

Safety

Every 2014 Ford Taurus comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and integrated blind spot mirrors.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are standard on the Limited and SHO models and optional on the SEL. Optional on the Limited and SHO are a pre-collision warning system with automatic brake intervention (included with adaptive cruise control), lane-keeping assist and a blind-spot warning system that's bundled with a cross-traffic warning system (which warns you of approaching cars or pedestrians when backing up).

In government crash tests, the 2013 Taurus earned an overall rating of five stars out of a possible five, including five stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side crash protection. The Taurus also received the best rating of "Good" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash testing, including moderate-offset frontal, side and roof-strength tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2014 Ford Taurus offers a classy-looking cabin, particularly with the MyFord Touch system installed. The seating is quite comfortable, especially with the optional high-tech multicontour front seats with built-in massage. The backseat offers generous head- and legroom, even for taller adults, along with rear HVAC vents and available heated seats. At 20.1 cubic feet, the trunk is one of the largest you'll find in any sedan. Fold down the rear seats and you'll see that the Taurus offers up even more cargo space.

On the downside, the car's rising beltline, thick roof pillars and tall center console can make the interior feel confining despite its voluminous scale. The cornucopia of optional safety features is noteworthy because many of these items are typically found only on the equipment lists of high-end luxury cars.

The MyFord Touch interface consists of three display screens and gives you the ability to input commands for various audio, phone and navigation functions via voice commands, touch controls or buttons on the steering wheel. It's a smart idea in theory and it provides some nice customization possibilities. Ongoing software updates have improved the overall usability of the system, but there's still a learning curve involved for operators, and the touchscreen's icons are difficult to locate and press on the move.

Driving Impressions

On the road, the 2014 Ford Taurus offers a quiet and comfortable ride. The sport-tuned suspension on SHO models, especially those equipped with the Performance package, noticeably sharpens up the handling while still providing ample comfort during highway travel.

That said, there's no hiding the Taurus' hefty weight and grand dimensions. Whereas many other large sedans drive and feel like smaller cars, the Taurus has a lumbering feel around turns that detracts from driver confidence. Not helping matters is the car's challenging rear visibility.

The SHO's twin-turbo V6 offers acceleration that falls just short of its V8-powered competitors from Chrysler and Dodge, but it returns fuel economy that puts them to shame. Even so, most consumers will be just as happy with the standard V6, while pocketing the substantial price difference. Meanwhile, those looking for maximum fuel efficiency needn't settle for lackluster performance, as the available turbocharged four smoothly provides sufficient all-around thrust while earning high fuel economy numbers.

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