The Ford Taurus is Ford’s largest sedan that they make, and has gone through a series of name changes over the years. At first, it was the Taurus, then it became the 500. When CEO Alan Mullaly came into power, the car became the Taurus again, and sales skyrocketed. While it’s not the newest car in the Ford lineup, this big sedan has a few good things going for it.
The Taurus is available in a variety of trim and engine choices, and the car is available with the cold-weather-friendly all-wheel drive system. For those who like to go fast, but stay under the radar, there’s the Taurus SHO trim. With 365 horsepower from a 3.5L EcoBoost turbo V6 engine, that Taurus SHO is a rocketship in normal sedan clothing.
The Taurus has room for 5 comfortably, and has a massive-sized trunk to swallow up all of your luggage. You can also get the Taurus with premium leather and loads of creature comforts that you’d expect from a modern, flagship sedan.
Safety features are abound, and include optional blind spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. I’m a huge fan of the adaptive cruise control in every vehicle I drive. Basically, you set the cruise control like you would in a normal car, but you can also set the distance in which to pace the car in front of you. If you approach a slower car, or a car cuts into your lane, your Taurus will slow down and match the pace of the car ahead of you.
With the adaptive cruise control also comes pre-collision mitigation. Using the same sensors that the adaptive cruise control uses, the Taurus can sense an impending crash and warn you to slam on the brakes. If the crash is unavoidable, the car will do things like tighten the seat belts and prepare the car to crash the safest way possible.
If you have a Bluetooth phone paired to the MyFord Touch or SYNC systems, after a crash it’ll call 911 for you and let the first responders know where you are. Unlike services from other manufacturers, this is built into the car and is completely free, with no subscription required.
There are some people who cross-shop the Taurus and Ford’s Fusion, since they both have similar interior space. But if you want a big, full-size sedan with some great options, you should give Ford’s Taurus a strong look.