2017 Ford Taurus

Starting MSRP: $27,345 - $42,520

Estimated MPG: 18 city / 27 hwy

2017 Ford Taurus Review

Imposing and powerful, the 2017 Ford Taurus provides many of the attributes shoppers value in a large sedan. The Taurus has a huge trunk and spacious seating, and it's available with a broad array of safety and convenience features.

By Warren Clarke
Last Updated 07/05/2017

Ford's Taurus is a full-size sedan that seats five passengers. The Taurus gives shoppers a choice of three engines, and all models come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available, and the 2017 Ford Taurus is sold in SE, SEL, Limited and SHO trim levels.

For 2017, the Ford Taurus makes the premium Sony audio system a standard amenity on Limited and SHO models. Two new exterior colors join the lineup: White Gold and Smoked Quartz Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.

Exterior

Exterior

The 2017 Ford Taurus boasts sheet metal that gives it a stately presence on the road. The angled front fascia hosts a shield-like six-cornered grille and slanted headlights. Standard body-colored door handles and black-accented power-folding side mirrors are visible in profile, and 18-inch wheels keep the Taurus in touch with the tarmac. Dual-chrome exhaust tips and LED tail lamps add some spice to the large sedan's rear fascia.

Base SE models come with a capless fuel filler and a keyless-entry keypad. The list of upgrades includes HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming driver-side exterior mirror, a power sunroof, a rear spoiler, and 19- or 20-inch wheels.

Interior

Interior

The Taurus's cabin offers a pleasant environment in both rows, but the car's high beltline and immersive design cues can make the interior feel a bit more claustrophobic than you'd expect. A Taurus highlight is the sedan's huge trunk, which is roomy enough for mobility scooters or luggage for a family vacation. The trunk provides 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and standard 60/40-split folding rear seats expand its capacity, allowing you to tote larger items.

Base models are equipped with six-way power-adjustable front seats, single-zone climate control with rear seat vents, power windows and door locks and cloth upholstery. You can enhance the cabin with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel trimmed with wood and leather.

Performance

Performance

The 2017 Ford Taurus has a heft and substance that gives it a well-planted and secure feel on the road. Available all-wheel drive helps the big car preserve its footing when the pavement is slick with rain or snow, and gear shifts are managed by a six-speed automatic transmission.

Base models come with a 3.5-liter V6 good for 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, and models with this engine achieve of up to 18/27 mpg city/highway. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also offered, and it generates 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This power plant gives the Taurus an EPA rating of 20/29 mpg. The high-performance Taurus SHO is motivated by a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that produces 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard with this engine, and it has an EPA rating of 16/24 mpg.

Technology

Technology

The 2017 Ford Taurus doesn't disappoint when it comes to technology amenities. All models come with Ford's MyKey, a feature that allows you to monitor and restrict the activity of secondary drivers. The list of standard features includes Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition courtesy of Ford's Sync system, a rearview camera and a six-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player. Available upgrades include HD radio, satellite radio, navigation, a premium Sony sound system, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with brake support.