The Ford Taurus is one of the most recognized automotive models of modern times. Introduced in 1986, the original Taurus was a front-wheel drive, midsize sedan. Just when the Taurus was threatened with extinction, Ford decided to breathe new life into the line. The current Taurus now serves as Ford’s full-size sedan.
2010 to Present: Ford Taurus
The sixth-generation Ford Taurus was introduced for the 2010 model year. Unlike the first four generations, the latest Taurus is a full-size car that replaced the outgoing Ford Crown Victoria. As before, the Ford Taurus is front-wheel drive, but the current generation also makes all-wheel drive available.
The Taurus offers a sleek appearance that’s marked by a broad grille, a high beltline and a raised rear deck. The sedan’s front fascia has a large upper grille opening that is flanked by wraparound headlamps. Its front skirting includes a narrow grille opening and deep pockets for LED fog lamps.
Large wheel wells, upper character lines and body sculpting define the Taurus’ profile. Wraparound combination lights, chrome trim and dual exhaust tips bring up the rear. The more powerful Taurus SHO model adds a rear spoiler.
Inside, the Taurus offers room for five. Interior volume measures 108 cubic feet, and the 21.2 cubic-foot trunk is one of the largest in the industry. All models come with bucket seats up front and a split-folding bench seat in the rear. The instrument panel is a three-analog design with a digital readout. Multiple covered compartments flank the transmission shifter and can include a 12-volt outlet, USB ports and an auxiliary audio input jack.
For 2013, Ford revised the Taurus by giving it a new front fascia. Throughout this sedan’s current model run, it has received multiple updates to the available infotainment system. A new Sync 3 infotainment system was introduced for the 2016 model year, which supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, a rearview camera became standard for 2016.
The current Taurus was introduced with a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 263 horsepower. Ford also offers a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with 365 horsepower for the all-wheel drive Taurus SHO. Starting in 2013, Ford added another engine to the Taurus line, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 240 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.
Chief Ford Taurus competitors include the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Buick LaCrosse and Dodge Charger. Flagship models from other brands to cross-shop include the Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon and Honda Accord.
Earlier Ford Taurus Models
The fourth-generation Ford Taurus was offered from 2000 to 2007 model years. The fifth-generation Taurus, which represented a refresh and a renaming of the Ford Five Hundred, was offered for 2008 and 2009.
In 2000, Ford eased some of the controversial lines that haunted the previous Taurus. The fourth-generation Taurus is a midsize sedan, with a wagon body style also offered through the 2005 model year. Throughout its fourth-generation model run, Ford offered a 3.0-liter V6 engine and paired it with a four-speed automatic transmission.
For 2007, Ford canceled the Taurus as the then-new Ford Fusion midsize sedan was introduced. However, Ford decided rename the full-size Ford Five Hundred, which became the Taurus starting with the 2008 model year.
The 2008 and 2009 Ford Taurus models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 263 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive was available.