2017 Ford Taurus SHO

2017 Ford Taurus
2017 Ford Taurus


  • Excellent results in crash tests
  • Rides comfortably and quietly on the highway
  • Giant trunk is one of the roomiest in the large sedan class
  • Available all-wheel drive for enhanced wet-weather traction


  • Interior doesn't seem as airy or spacious as it should
  • Feels slow and ponderous when driving around turns
  • Performance SHO model lacks the punch of big engine rivals
Ford Taurus years

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For buyers who are convinced they "don't make 'em like they used to," allow us to direct your attention to the 2017 Ford Taurus.

The 2017 Ford Taurus has many qualities that you might hope to get from a large American sedan, such as a smooth ride, a spacious interior and a cavernous trunk. In an era in which small, fuel-efficient cars are considered to be the wave of the future, the Taurus has an old-school vibe that some shoppers might find appealing.

But the current generation Taurus is beginning to show its age in its eighth year of production. We're still put off by the car's limited outward visibility, so-so interior materials and ponderous handling. The SHO variant is certainly more fun to drive, but its steep price tag can make this variant hard to justify. And a host of newer rivals offer greater luxury, more up-to-date amenities and a more engaging driving experience.

Taking all this into account, we suggest Taurus shoppers compare it to the top-rated Buick LaCrosse or Toyota Avalon sedan. Other smart choices include the Chevrolet Impala and Chrysler 300, plus the Hyundai Azera and redesigned Kia Cadenza. If it's performance you seek, we'd recommend the Chevrolet SS or Dodge Charger over the Taurus SHO.

The list of standard safety features for the 2017 Ford Taurus includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a rearview camera and emergency telematics via paired cellphones. Also included is Ford's MyKey system that monitors the vehicle and allows owners to set certain limitations and alerts for valets and teen drivers. Rear parking sensors are standard from the SEL trim on up.

Optional features for the Limited and SHO trims include a forward collision warning system that also pre-charges the brakes for maximum responsiveness, a lane departure warning and intervention system, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and an automated parallel parking system.

In government crash tests, the Taurus earned the top five-star rating overall, including five stars for both front- and side-impact protection. Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Taurus its best rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests.

2017 Ford Taurus configurations

Classified as a large five-passenger sedan, the 2017 Ford Taurus is offered in SE, SEL, Limited and SHO trim levels.

Standard features on the SE include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, integrated blind-spot mirrors, LED taillights, an exterior keyless-access keypad, air-conditioning, six-way power-adjustable front seats with manual recline and lumbar adjustment, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, Sync voice controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 4.2-inch display, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio input jack and two USB ports.

Stepping up to the SEL trim adds LED accent lights in the front lower fascia, body-color heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery and interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and satellite radio (the latter is optional on the SE).

The SEL can also be had with the Equipment Group 201A option package, which adds keyless entry and ignition, power-adjustable pedals, an additional center speaker for the audio system and the Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touchscreen.

The more luxurious Taurus Limited gets you all the Equipment Group 201A items, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beams, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, driver-seat memory settings, heated second-row seats, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a premium Sony audio system.

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 SEL and Limited include 20-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, a rear spoiler, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a navigation system.

The sporty SHO starts with most of the Limited's standard equipment and adds all-wheel drive, a more powerful turbocharged engine and a sport-tuned suspension, plus exclusive 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, black exterior trim, a rear spoiler, 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 summer tires, a stiffer suspension, upgraded brake pads, unique steering tuning, an enhanced stability control system with a Track mode and a fully disabled setting, a revised final-drive ratio for quicker acceleration and simulated-suede trim on the steering wheel.

The 2017 Ford Taurus comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. EPA fuel economy estimates for 2017 weren't available at publishing time, but last year's Taurus V6 posted 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway). All-wheel drive is available on the SEL and Limited models and drops fuel economy numbers to 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway).

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque is offered as an option on front-wheel-drive models only. This powertrain earns an EPA rating of 23 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway).

The high-performance SHO is powered by a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard. In Edmunds testing, a Taurus SHO accelerated to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, which is competitive with the Dodge Charger R/T but about a full second slower than the Chevrolet SS and Charger R/T Scat Pack. EPA fuel economy numbers are 19 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway).


On the road, the 2017 Ford Taurus fits the role of a large American sedan nicely. It is positively in its element on long road trips, where its smooth ride quality and hushed cabin make it an ideal place to roll away the miles.

The singular exception, of course, is when that road winds itself up into a series of tight curves, whereupon the car's bulk can make it feel like a handful. The SHO model is a little more nimble than the standard Taurus, but its handling is still not on par with that of some comparably priced competitors.

As far as what's under the hood goes, the standard V6 provides entirely acceptable performance for everyday driving. The available turbocharged four-cylinder engine's acceleration isn't that far off from the base V6's, and it offers slightly better fuel economy. Overall, though, we prefer the V6's more relaxed character. The SHO model's turbocharged V6 provides abundant, V8-like acceleration.


The 2017 Ford Taurus' interior features an attractive dual-cowl design that flows seamlessly down into the center stack and console below. The materials quality feels dated compared to that of newer competitors, but the available Sync 3 system offsets that impression by virtue of its large 8-inch central touchscreen and the pair of smaller displays in the instrument cluster. The Sync 3 system is easy to use and incorporates the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration systems.

Both front and rear seats are spacious, with adult-sized head- and leg-room even in the backseat. That said, the combination of a prominent dash, thick roof pillars and relatively small windows conspires to limit visibility and make the interior feel more cramped than it really is. Out back, the Taurus sports a huge trunk with a very practical 20.1 cubic feet of room. The 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks allow you to expand that spacious cargo hold if the need should arise.

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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.

2017 Ford Taurus Expert Rundown

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.

Features & Specs

16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
365 hp @ 5500 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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More about the 2017 Ford Taurus

"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.

2017 Ford Taurus SHO Overview

The 2017 Ford Taurus SHO is offered in the following styles: SHO 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A).

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