Used 2019 Ford Taurus
Pros & Cons
- Rides comfortably and quietly on the highway
- The giant trunk is one of the roomiest in the large sedan class
- Available all-wheel drive for enhanced wet-weather traction
- Performance SHO model handles reasonably well
- The interior doesn't seem as airy or spacious as it should
- Most models feel slow and ponderous when driving around turns
- SHO is not as quick as big-engine rivals
- Seats sit unusually high and offer a poor view out front
Which Taurus does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating6.8 / 10
The Taurus is one of the better-known nameplates in the car business. Alas, much of that renown comes from past deeds instead of present success. This generation Ford Taurus, which the 2019 model represents, dates back a decade. It hasn't received many updates either, other than a face-lift in 2013 and the adoption of the Sync 3 infotainment interface in 2016.
To its credit, the Taurus remains compelling for a few reasons. The ride is very comfortable, even in the high-octane SHO version, which features larger wheels and a sport-tuned suspension. We also like certain aspects of the interior, with high-quality materials, a quiet ride, and easy entry and exit. The Sync 3 system is another highlight. We think it's one of the most intuitive user interfaces on the market.
However, the Taurus has numerous drawbacks, adding up to a car that is not suited for everyone. The cabin feels unusually tight for such a large vehicle, especially in the back seat. The tall rear bench and short roof reduce headroom, and there's not much legroom either. Even in its lowest position, the driver sits unusually high and looks down at the dashboard or out the window. Ford's decision to remove features — the power-adjustable steering wheel and power rear sunshade have been nixed for 2019 — is perplexing as the car ages and naturally loses ground to newer large sedan competitors.
The 2019 Ford Taurus isn't a bad car, but nearly every one of its rivals is newer and more competent. The redesigned Toyota Avalon and recently refreshed Kia Cadenza are comfortable cruisers that offer more room, while the Dodge Charger remains a good choice if you want some muscle-car flair.
Ford Taurus models
The 2019 Ford Taurus is a five-passenger large sedan sold in four trim levels. The base SE is modestly equipped, which is why buyers looking for 21st-century tech should strongly consider the next-level SEL. It counts rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and puddle lamps among its upgrades. The Limited is significantly more expensive since it comes with items that are optional for the SEL, plus additional luxury features. The SHO is a different beast entirely, marrying most of the Limited's features with a high-performance V6 and a sport suspension.
For power, the SE relies on a 3.5-liter V6 engine (288 horsepower, 254 pound-feet of torque) paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, an exterior keyless-access keypad, six-way power-adjustable front seats (with manual recline and lumbar adjustment), 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a driver information display, a rearview camera, Sync voice controls, Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch central display, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and two USB ports.
Stepping up to the SEL adds LED daytime running lights, body-colored heated mirrors with puddle lamps, rear parking sensors, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery and interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and satellite radio. Leather upholstery paired with heated front seats is available as a stand-alone option.
The SEL can also be had with the Equipment Group 201A option package, which adds keyless entry and ignition, an additional center speaker for the audio system and the Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The more luxurious Taurus Limited gets you all the Equipment Group 201A items, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and driver-side mirror, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated 10-way power front seats, driver-seat memory settings, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a premium Sony audio system with HD radio.
Limited models can also be had with the Driver Assist option package, which includes adaptive cruise control, an automated parallel parking system, a forward collision warning system, and lane departure warning and intervention. Stand-alone options for both the SEL and the Limited include 20-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, a rear spoiler and a navigation system.
The sporty SHO starts with most of the Limited's standard equipment and adds all-wheel drive, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine (365 horsepower, 350 pound-feet of torque), a sport-tuned suspension, exclusive 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, black exterior trim, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, unique leather upholstery and interior trim, and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Most Limited options are also available for the SHO, along with a SHO Performance package that adds a revised final-drive ratio for quicker acceleration, summer performance tires, stiffer suspension tuning, upgraded brake pads, special steering tuning, an enhanced stability control system with a Track mode, and simulated-suede trim on the steering wheel.
|Overall||6.8 / 10|
Noise & vibration8.0
Ease of use7.0
Getting in/getting out8.0
Child safety seat accommodation8.0
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NOTE: This video is about the 2017 Ford Taurus, but since the 2019 Ford Taurus is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.
Our experts like the Taurus models:
- Active Park Assist
- Guides the Taurus into an adjacent parallel parking spot using proximity sensors and automated steering.
- Collision Warning with Brake Support
- Warns the driver and automatically applies the brakes if advanced safety systems determine a front collision is imminent.
- Blind-Spot Information System
- Illuminates a light on the side mirrors when a vehicle enters the Taurus' blind spot. Sounds an alert if the turn signal is activated.
Ford Taurus vs. the competition
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Ford Taurus vs. Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion is the Taurus' smaller sibling, but passengers might actually find it more spacious. The Fusion is quite roomy against its midsize competitors, while the Taurus feels positively claustrophobic. The Fusion's sharp handling means it's generally more fun to drive, too. Its lower price and more efficient engines equate to a lower cost of ownership.
Ford Taurus vs. Chevrolet Impala
The Chevrolet Impala isn't the newest kid on the block, but continuous improvements since its 2014 redesign keep it from becoming stale. Ride comfort is superlative, and the interior is much roomier than the Taurus'. As long as you skip the middling four-cylinder engine, the Impala is the clear winner here.
Ford Taurus vs. Dodge Charger
Like the Taurus, the Dodge Charger is a large sedan that isn't as roomy on the inside as its exterior dimensions suggest. It's still suitable for four adults, but the wide selection of high-performance engines make it clear that the driver is the most important. A muscular V6 is standard, but enthusiasts will be drawn to one of the three available V8s, with power outputs ranging from 370 horsepower to 707 hp.
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What's new in the 2019 Ford Taurus?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Ford Taurus:
- A power-adjustable steering wheel and power rear sunshade are no longer available
- Part of the sixth Taurus generation introduced for 2010
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How much should I pay for a 2019 Ford Taurus?
The least-expensive 2019 Ford Taurus is the 2019 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $27,800.
Other versions include:
- Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $37,310
- SHO 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $42,975
- SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $27,800
- Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $39,160
- SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $30,230
- SEL 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $32,080