2018 Ford Taurus
- 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
- Skimpy list of standard features on base SE model
2018 Ford Taurus pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Taurus does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating6.8 / 10
Seemingly designed to conquer the nation's endless stretches of highway, large sedans place a premium on passenger room and comfort. The 2018 Ford Taurus is a competent member of this class, but its hefty weight and dated cabin make rivals generally more appealing.
Naturally, the Taurus offers ample leg- and headroom throughout. It also boasts one of the largest trunks in this class. The Taurus' composed ride transports passengers in comfort, whether you're navigating broken city streets or cruising on the open road. It might seem like the Taurus is the ultimate road trip vehicle, with plenty of space and storage for four passengers and luggage.
However, pretty much any vehicle in this class will do the same thing, and in a more upscale fashion. While it has received numerous improvements over the years, this generation of the Taurus has been on sale since 2010. Even with the addition of the Sync 3 infotainment interface, the cabin looks plain compared to newer competitors. It feels clumsy and bulky when you're driving around tight turns, and unless you're considering the high-performance SHO model, the V6 is lethargic. It simply isn't powerful enough to move this chunky sedan with authority.
Overall, we think the 2018 Ford Taurus will adequately meet your needs. But if you shop around, you'll likely find that the Taurus' large sedan rivals are more compelling overall.
2018 Ford Taurus configurations
The 2018 Ford Taurus is a large, five-passenger sedan sold in four trim levels. The base SE is modestly equipped, which is why buyers looking for 21st-century tech should strongly consider the next level SEL. It counts rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror among its upgrades. The Limited is significantly more expensive, as it comes with items that are optional for the SEL, plus additional luxury features. The SHO is a different beast entirely, marrying most of the Limited's features with a high-performance V6 and sport suspension.
For power, the SE relies on a 3.5-liter V6 engine (288 horsepower, 254 pound-feet of torque) paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, an exterior keyless-access keypad, six-way power-adjustable front seats (with manual recline and lumbar adjustment), 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a driver information display, a rearview camera, Sync voice controls, Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch central display, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and two USB ports.
Stepping up to the SEL adds LED daytime running lights, body-color heated mirrors with puddle lamps, rear parking sensors, remote engine 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). Leather upholstery paired with heated front seats is available as a stand-alone option.
The SEL can also be had with the Equipment Group 201A options package, which adds keyless entry and ignition, an additional center speaker for the audio system and the Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The more luxurious Taurus Limited gets you all the Equipment Group 201A items, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated 10-way 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 with HD radio.
Limited models can also be had with the Driver Assist options 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 and a navigation system.
The sporty SHO starts with most of the Limited's standard equipment and adds all-wheel drive, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine (365 horsepower, 350 pound-feet of torque), a sport-tuned suspension, exclusive 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, black exterior trim, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, 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 a revised final-drive ratio for quicker acceleration, summer performance tires, stiffer suspension tuning, upgraded brake pads, special steering tuning, an enhanced stability control system with a Track mode, and simulated suede trim on the steering wheel.
Noise & vibration8.0
Ease of use7.0
Getting in/getting out8.0
Child safety seat accommodation8.0
Audio & navigation8.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Taurus safety features:
- Active Park Assist
- Guides the Taurus into an adjacent parallel parking spot using proximity sensors and automated steering.
- Collision Warning with Brake Support
- Warns the driver and automatically applies the brakes if advanced safety systems determine a front collision is imminent.
- Blind-Spot Information System
- Illuminates a light on the side mirrors when a vehicle enters the vehicle's blind spot. Sounds an alert if the turn signal is activated.
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2018 Ford Taurus for Sale
"They don't make 'em like they used to." For those who think this saying applies to cars, we present the 2018 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. This marks the ninth 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. Most trims are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, matched to a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine; all-wheel drive is optional on all but the base model. If you want a bit more pep in your step, the Taurus SHO abides. As its Super High Output designation suggests, the Taurus SHO is the performance-centric model in the lineup, boasting a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 producing a rousing 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard on this beast.
The more sedate Taurus variants start with the SE model. Standard features include automatic headlights, power front seats and a pair of USB ports. As you might have gathered, the SE is fairly basic, and shoppers looking for a large sedan with a dash of luxury should step up to the next level SEL. It doesn't cost much to upgrade to the SEL, but a considerable number of features are added, including dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and satellite radio. SEL models can be ordered with the Equipment Group 201A package, which counts the Sync 3 infotainment system among its perks.
For the ultimate in passenger comfort, consider the high-end Limited model. Perforated leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitor and heated and ventilated front seats are all on the table here. Although the Taurus SHO is pricier, its sporty additions transform the character of this car from highway cruiser to bruiser. In addition to the previously mentioned performance motor, the SHO adds larger wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and paddle shifters.
The Taurus SHO is certainly more fun to drive than its rest of the lineup, but it isn't quite as thrilling as high-performance versions of some of its competitors. Standard models fit the Taurus' stately character a little better, with a comfortable ride, roomy cabin and low noise levels. Overall, it's not quite as high-tech and splashy as newer rivals, but that might be a benefit for its customer base. If you decide the 2018 Ford Taurus is the large sedan for you, make sure to use Edmunds' unequaled pricing and inventory tools to find a perfect match.
2018 Ford Taurus Overview
The 2018 Ford Taurus is offered in the following submodels: Taurus Sedan, Taurus SHO. Available styles include SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SHO 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A), SEL 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Ford Taurus?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford Taurus and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Taurus 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Taurus.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Ford Taurus and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Taurus featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford Taurus?
2018 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,670. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $11,872 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $11,872 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,798.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is30.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 11 2018 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,995. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $11,853 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $11,853 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,142.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is38.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 22 2018 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)Available Inventory:
We are showing 12 2018 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,740. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $11,271 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $11,271 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,470.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is25.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,925. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $11,469 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $11,469 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,456.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Taurus Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is28.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Ford Taurus?
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