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.
Voice activation for nealy all entertainment, climate control and navigation. Heated seats get hot very quick, all wheel drive system seems very seamless and smooth. Extremely quiet, you'll rarely hear the engine unless you want to. Standard stereo with center IP speaker does a fine job, not stellar but good enough. Read the book or read what the car wants you to ask or state commands, before you now it you'll be a pro at not having to use any buttons. Interior materials look nice, seats feel supportive, trunk is massive! Plenty of power, headlights are bright and effective, LED taillights, turn signals and front bumper trim look clean. Not a race car, but a great driving, solid feeling car.
B pillar is a little big, visibility could be a little better over the hood. HID fog lamps instead of the LED trim would be more useful but not trivial. Center console is a little tall and not much storage room inside but plenty of drink holders. Transmission could shift a little quicker and more smooth at high RPM. Car is heavier than most in its class, but in the harsh winter weather it feels very confident and you stick to the road. Don't buy it if you want a rocket ship, buy the SHO or a V8 sedan instead. It's very consistent and the 290 HP does a fine job.
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