The Ford Taurus broke the mold for large sedans when it came on the scene in 1985. It gave rise to a new way of making cars in America and set the standard for rounding the edges off cars. When the Taurus debuted in 1985 it heralded a design renaissance in the American automotive industry. With its revolutionary aerodynamic styling and personality it gave American drivers a compelling alternative to boxy and boring. The Taurus also ushered in a new engineering process at Ford, with a product development team dedicated to a single model. After the success of this new model of designing cars plus the commercial success of the vehicle itself, many companies rushed to copy Ford’s example. Most famously the Boeing 777 long-range jet, the Dreamliner, was created using the Taurus Team’s example.
A large four-door sedan, the Taurus is available in four trims: the SE, SEL, Limited and SHO. The line received a long overdue facelift in 2011 and again in 2013 to bring it in line with the competition. Standard features on the newer models include integrated blind-spot mirrors, LED taillights, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a cap-less fuel-filler system. The SE also comes with MyKey programmable safety features, SecuriCode keyless entry pad, cabin air filtration system, rear seat air vents, and 6-way power front seats.
If you are looking for a Taurus with a bit more of a kick you may want to check out the Taurus SHO models. SHO, short for Super High Output, models have a powerful, turbocharged V6-powered engine and tighter handling with strong acceleration. They come with exterior features like 19-inch aluminum wheels, dual chrome exhaust outlets, a rear spoiler, gloss black exterior trim, and high-intensity discharge headlights. Inside the new features include a bit more luxury than its siblings with special floor mats, power-adjustable aluminum pedal, auto-dimming driver’s side rearview mirror, and leather upholstery. The seats are available with suede inserts and come with extended thigh support cushions, seat backs, and a 4-way adjustable headrest.
The Taurus also receives the same eco-friendly Ford treatment you would expect with green features like the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine which Ford touts having V8 power with V6-like fuel efficiency as well as an EPA-estimated mpg of 17 city and 25 highway. The 2.0-liter I-4 EcoBoost has an EPA-estimate mpg of 19 city and 29 highway.
Some other excellent options include SYNC with MyFord or MyFord Touch, navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning. J.D. Power rated the Taurus “Among the Best” for Powertrain Quality.
Ford Taurus Safety Features
If you are looking for safety features, have no fear—the Taurus comes packed with them. The Lane-Keeping System monitors your position on the road. Should you start to drift into another lane you will be alerted through steering wheel vibrations that mimic a rumble strip to keep you on track. The Active Park Assist system uses ultrasonic sensors to help get you safely parked the right way every time, and a Blind Spot Information System alerts you to vehicles in your blind spots. A cross-traffic alert provides for sound and visual alerts if a vehicle is detected while you are backing out of a parking spot or a driveway.
Other standard safety features include brake assist, dual front side impact airbags, occupant sensing airbags, perimeter approach lights, dual front impact airbags, overhead airbags, panic alarm, ignition disable, and traction control.
The 2014 Ford Taurus was given 5 out of 5 stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for Overall Rating, Frontal crash, and Side crash.