2005 Ford Taurus Consumer Review: Don't Buy Flex-Fuel Version

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Don't Buy Flex-Fuel Version
By desoto44 on


2005 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


I purchased this as a program car with 22,000 miles on it in October 2005. My biggest complaint is the poor mileage of the flex fuel version. I was very satisfied with a nearly identical (regular fuel only) 99 Taurus I owned. The 99 Taurus got about 20 city/ 26 highway MPG. This car struggles to get 20 MPG on the highway. I took it back to the dealer and the explanation was flex fuel cars are designed to run hotter and thus use more fuel. In short, there was nothing that could be done to improve the 20-25% drop in MPG. Other than that I like everything else about the car, but I would not have purchased this car had I known about the comparatively terrible MPG.

Best Features

Styling, interior room, reliability, quality.

Worst Features

Poor mileage. Ride could be a little smoother.
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