Looking for a large sedan with top-notch safety scores? The 2017 Ford Taurus might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
JOSH SADLIER: This is Edmund's editor Josh Sadlier and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Ford Taurus. The Taurus used to be Ford's midsize sedan. Recent years it's become Ford's full size sedan. Three engines to choose from, the standard v-6 puts out 288 horsepower. It's pretty robust. There's also a two-liter turbo four cylinder engine, 240 horsepower, not that much more fuel efficient, so I would recommend driving both to see what your preference is. And finally, the SHO performance version has a twin turbo v-6, 365 horsepower. It's quick, but not that quick compared to other high performance large sedans. Around the back you're looking at one of the Taurus's most distinctive features, namely the enormous trunk. One of the largest you'll find in any car. Taurus also offers optional all wheel drive, has a pretty comfortable ride as you'd expect from a large sedan. In back there's enough passenger space by the numbers, but it might feel a little claustrophobic in there. The Taurus's high beltline, swoopy roofline, combine to make it feel slightly cramped, especially if you're on the taller side. Up front the dashboard design continues to be a leader in this segment in terms of style. It's a dual cowl overlay above the panels. Clean layout SYNC 3 infotainment system, is one of the better ones out there. Nice touch screen, easy to use, pretty responsive. The bottom line with the Taurus is that it's not the newest vehicle in this class, but still fully competitive. It's an old fashioned highway cruiser, lots of options to choose from, certainly worth considering. For more Edmond's expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
"They don't make 'em like they used to." For those who think this saying applies to cars, we present the 2017 Ford Taurus, a car that delivers the values of a traditional large American sedan: Comfortable ride, roomy interior and a trunk large enough to qualify for its own ZIP code. In a market flooded with small, high-tech, fuel-efficient cars, the Taurus has an old-school vibe that we're sure will resonate with some buyers. Unfortunately, the Taurus is beginning to show its age in ways that aren't so commendable. 2017 marks the eighth year of production for the current-generation Taurus, and there are other large sedans that do a better job with more fuel-efficient powertrains, better driving dynamics, newer technology and better cabin trim.
The Taurus offers two engine choices: A traditional 3.5-liter V6 producing 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 240 hp and 270 lb-ft. V6 models offer all-wheel drive as an option; the four-cylinder is front-wheel drive only. EPA fuel economy estimates range from 23 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway) for the 2.0T, down to 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) for the AWD V6.
Ford also offers a sporty version called the Taurus SHO, powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that puts out 265 hp and 350 lb-ft and delivers it to all four wheels. Fuel economy is comparable to the non-turbo V6 AWD powertrain. The SHO turned a 5.8-second zero-to-60-mph run in Edmunds testing, which is slower than the high-performance versions of some of its competitors. The SHO is more agile than the regular Taurus on curvy roads, which feels bulky and ponderous in the turns, but again it's simply not up to the standards set by its newer rivals. We like the smooth, quiet ride best, which makes the Taurus a great car for long road trips.
The Taurus' cabin is starting to look dated. Although we like the dual-cowl design and the new Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system, the poor-quality materials let it down. Space is the Ford Taurus' ace in the hole. There's plenty of stretch-out space for both front- and rear-seat occupants, though the high dash, thick pillars and small windows make the cabin feel more cramped and confined than it really is. They also limit visibility, which further hampers the driving experience. But the trunk is a wonder to behold: With 20.1 cubic feet of space, it's unlikely you can pack enough suitcases to fill it.
Ford offers the Taurus in four trim levels. The SE is the one you'll most likely find on a rental car lot, though it is equipped with all the basics; we prefer the additional creature comforts in the SEL. The leather-lined Limited broaches on luxury car status, especially when equipped with optional advanced driver aids, like adaptive cruise control and automated parking. Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Ford Taurus for you.
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