The 2016 Ford Taurus is an excellent choice if you’re in the market for a full-size sedan with a gigantic trunk and a smooth, tranquil ride. Available with all-wheel drive, the Taurus is also a steady and dependable companion in rough weather.
For 2016, Ford upgrades the Taurus with a new Sync 3 infotainment system. The new system is far more intuitive and responsive than the MyFord Touch system it replaces, and it represents a significant upgrade for the model.
The Taurus provides seating for five. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The lineup includes three engines, and shoppers have a choice of four trims: SE, SEL, Limited and the high-performance SHO.
The 2016 Ford Taurus is big, brawny and quintessentially American. A bold hexagonal grille sits in the center of the front fascia, and it’s bordered by narrow headlights. A profile view of the Taurus reveals standard body-colored door handles, and the beefy sedan presents standard LED tail lamps in the rear.
Base models are equipped with chrome dual exhaust tips, a capless fuel filler, 18-inch alloy wheels and power-folding side mirrors. Upgrades include 19- or 20-inch wheels, as well as xenon headlights, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, heated side mirrors with memory and security lamps, a power sunroof and a rear spoiler.
Within its cabin, the 2016 Ford Taurus provides roomy accommodations and a design that’s marked by fluid, graceful lines. One negative is the car’s high beltline, which reduces visibility and causes the large cabin to feel more closed-off than it should. Cargo capacity is a key strength for the Taurus, and its enormous trunk accommodates 20.1 cubic feet.
The base SE model features standard amenities such as air conditioning, power windows with one-touch up/down functionality, rear seat air heating and air conditioning vents and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The list of available features includes a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Taurus sedan’s massive dimensions help it feel secure on the road. Base models come with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional on SEL and Limited models and standard on the SHO trim. Gear shifts are handled on all trims by a six-speed automatic transmission.
A naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 is standard on SE, SEL and Limited trims, and it generates 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. These three trims are also available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 240 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque. SHO models come with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that provides 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The base Taurus has an EPA rating of 18/27 mpg city/highway.
The 2016 Ford Taurus comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Sync voice controls, a CD player, a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker sound system, an auxiliary jack and two USB ports. Upgrades include Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, satellite radio, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, lane-departure warning and a premium 12-speaker Sony sound system.