Purchased used 2009 Taurus SEL w/only 2700 miles on vehicle. I am 6'4'' and my wife is 6'1'", this car gives us both great room. We are getting 18-20 city, 20-22 combined, and 29-32 hwy! Car rides really well. I had a 2001 sable and loved it, the 2009 Taurus is a big step up! Loved the 2009 Taurus, went back a month later to look at 2010/2011 Taurus, what a let down! 2010/2011 Taurus has MUCH SMALLER interior! Front seats are cramped, and the back seat. They are a joke. In our 2009 Taurus I can sit in the back seat, with the front seats all the way back, and still have 3-4 inches of clearance between my legs and the back of the front seat! Big letdown Ford in the 2010/2011 Taurus!
I rented an '09 Taurus early this year and, once I got past the stodgy styling, really loved it. I was waiting for the 2010 model to make a purchase because, from the pictures I'd seen, the 2010 just looked racier. But when I actually saw a 2010 I found it lacked the visibility and interior spaciousness that are what attracted me to the '09. I now have over 5,000 miles on the car. Quiet, roomy, effortless to drive. Best back support and seating position of any car I have ever owned. Synch feature is great for hands free phone conversations.
This is the first new car my wife and I have ever purchased, had always purchased year old cars before this one. The Taurus is very smooth and comfortable car... and big, which I like because it will probably be big enough to keep us from purchasing a minivan (ugh) in the future. Just took the first long trip and got 33 mpg with a little tailwind and 27 going back into the same wind. For a 4000 pound car, I think that's more than acceptable. My wife drives it to work and gets about 20-21 around town. One thing I like about this car is the interior room. I'm 6'4" and my wife is 6' and we both appreciate that Ford recognizes that there are people in the world taller than 5'8"!
The Taurus has proven to be a solid family hauler. No repairs outside of normal wear and tear to be reported since my first year with it. It still blows tail light bulbs like they grow on trees, but it's a cheap and easy DIY fix. Give me two more years and I'd consider another Taurus. **** I'm updating my review title from "Disappointed" to "Weary" as of June 2016. I haven't been stuck with any major repairs (other than wear and tear items) since those stated below and we routinely put on 400 km over a weekend while visiting family. Here's to hoping we get many more trouble free years from this car. As I mentioned before, it's an absolutely perfect highway cruiser in terms of comfort. If I can call it reliable too, then that's all we need in a car. ** I picked up a used 2009 Taurus limited in December 2014. As of June 2015 it's been in the shop 4 times, and has totaled over 4k in repairs. It's racked with electrical gremlins, has required multiple sensor and gasket replacements and worst of all a timing chain job. I'm the second owner, and it has lest than 100,000 km on the clock. I made the poor decision to finance this car, so I'm stuck and can only continue to throw money at it and hope I've seen the last of my problems. It's a comfortable car that gets compliments, but it's had so many problems I feel nervous driving it.
Driving position is one of worst I have had, pedals too close, steering wheel too far, lack of seat side support, low beams are terrible, bad torque steer, subject to wind gusts, noisy engine under acceleration, whiny transmission shifts that passengers ask about, radio display disappears unless you have the dash display up full, can't rest arms on rests and reach steering wheel but can't reach the 10 and 2 wheel positions because wheel is so far away, you end up leaning forward to reach the top of the wheel to turn, pushing the wiper sqirter can turn on signal lights or brights, most anoying is the intrusion of the front wheel wells into the foot wells - uncomfortable