Used 2002 Ford Taurus Wagon

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2002 Ford Taurus
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Pros

  • Excellent value for the money, high level of safety equipment and crash protection, available as a sedan or a wagon, usually discounted with rebates and incentives.

Cons

  • Rental car stigma, poor expected resale value, no rear disc brakes on the sedan.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The Ford Taurus is a solid choice in a family sedan. If you value feature content and domestic origin more than build quality and predicted future worth, this is a great car to consider.

vehicle overview

For several years now, the Taurus has been the Yankee entry in the midsize car sales war. It's like the WWF, but for family cars. Each year, the Taurus jumps into the ring to duke it out with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The goal? To earn that prestigious title of "best-selling car in America." But even with substantial fleet sales numbers to prop up the figures, it hasn't won a match since the mid-1990s.

Available as either a sedan or a wagon, Taurus comes in a wide variety of configurations. Sedans come in LX, SE, SES or SEL trims, while wagons can be equipped as SE or SEL models only. Standard on the Taurus LX are floor mats, V6 engine, air conditioning, rear defogger, power windows and locks, stereo, anti-theft system and tilt steering wheel. SE adds aluminum wheels, safety approach lamps, power driver seat, cruise control, a CD player and remote keyless entry. With SES, buyers get illuminated visor mirrors, split-folding rear seat and antilock brakes. Order the SES Deluxe package and enjoy a 200-horsepower V6 engine, five-passenger seating, a rear spoiler and leather-wrapped steering wheel. In some regions of the country, Ford will even include a free moonroof or leather upholstery on the SES. Step up to SEL, and you'll set yourself apart with machined aluminum wheels, a six-disc in-dash CD changer and automatic climate control. Free leather or a no-charge moonroof, or both, are available in various areas of the country.

Powertrains include the 3.0-liter Vulcan and 3.0-liter Duratec V6s. The main difference between the two engines is the cylinder heads. The base Vulcan has two valves per cylinder, while the Duratec has four valves per cylinder. The four-valve motor makes 200 horsepower at 5,650 rpm and 200 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The base engine makes do with 155 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 185 lb-ft at 3,950 rpm. Both engines are mated to a four-speed automatic and meet low-emission-vehicle (LEV) standards in California and the Northeastern states. For 2002, the Vulcan motor also gets better fuel economy than before.

The Taurus benefits from a major emphasis on safety. Ford's Personal Safety System is the main feature of note in the Taurus. It's a collection of components that allows the car to understand the nature of a crash more fully and factors in whether or not the seatbelts are in use. With the system, the dual-stage airbags inflate at two different rates, depending on the situation. Additionally, safety belts are equipped with pre-tensioners that are designed to help reduce the risk of force-related injuries in a crash. The Taurus also offers power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, allowing drivers of smaller stature to move the pedals toward their feet rather than moving the seat too close to the steering wheel. Side-impact airbags, antilock brakes and traction control are also available. And before one of the kids gets trapped in the trunk, show them the glow-in-the-dark trunk release handle so they'll be able to let themselves out.

We give the Taurus high marks in the ride and handling department. On the road, the car transmits truly usable feedback to the wheel, letting the driver know what is happening with the tires. The Taurus has a compliant suspension with excellent rebound shock valving for spirited canyon driving, yet without the harshness that can render a cross-country drive unenjoyable. Drive the Taurus into a turn, prod the throttle, and the car responds in a predictable manner. But who drives a Taurus like that? Fortunately, on the highway, passengers are treated to a comfortably smooth ride.

The Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat edged the Taurus out in our most recent family sedan comparison test, and the Taurus also has a certain rental car stigma attached to it. However, Ford's family sedan is still an excellent value, and we wouldn't hesitate recommending one to a shopper in this class.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 Ford Taurus.

Great value for the money
maryland mom, 4/19/2007
My husband and I bought this car new in Dec. 2001, just before our first child was born. It's been a very functional, reliable car. Not sexy, but then again, no one will ever want to steal it. My husband's parents sold us a Chrysler T&C minivan, which we ended up using as our family car for two years. I preferred that for ease of getting kids in and out. But after the van was destroyed in a car accident we went back to the wagon, and it's quite nice. Also I noticed it's easier to fit groceries in the wagon than the van. No major repairs.
Wishing in one hand [non-permissible content removed]
witness45, 7/1/2015
3 years ago I was really proud to be able to finally purchase a vehicle. This car was clean with only 36000 miles on it. I thought I had a reliable vehicle but I was wrong. I had to replace the front driver side tire often. It would wear unevenly. When I hit 47K miles the transmission went, fixed, the alternator went, fixed, the AC went, and now the fuel pump is going out. It really is disappointing because I loved loading up the dog and fiancé and traveling out to the lake or mountains, and using the back as our tent, the rear seats fold down and there is plenty of room. If you get a good one, they can be an awesome car, I got a bad one and am now in the market again.
Reliable and powerful.
Kevin R, 8/13/2015
The car runs great at 131,000 miles. The duratec engine is quite powerful.
Great Ford!
Jonathan, 12/11/2008
I love the looks of this Ford Wagon design. It doesn't seem to age. The Gold color has grown on me, and now i like it. The car is reliable, excellent in all weather conditions (especially snow). Tons of room for kids, dump and coming home from Home Depot. Roof rack works excellent. It runs smoothly, I aways feel in control, has plenty of power when I need it. I'm bummed Ford no longer makes the wagon! I'd buy another in a second. I'd hightly recommend this wagon!
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Features & Specs

MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 8
4-speed automatic
Gas
155 hp @ 4900 rpm
MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 8
4-speed automatic
Gas
155 hp @ 4900 rpm
MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 8
4-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
157 hp @ 4750 rpm
MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 6
4-speed automatic
Gas
155 hp @ 4900 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2002 Ford Taurus Wagon Overview

The Used 2002 Ford Taurus Wagon is offered in the following styles: SE 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A), SE Deluxe 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A), SE FFV 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A), SEL Deluxe 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A), SE Premium 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A), and SE Deluxe FFV 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A).

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