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2018 Ford Taurus Review

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Published on June 09, 2018 with No Comments

The Ford Taurus did not receive any significant updates for the new model year, all model features carry over. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been dropped from the lineup.

TRIM

The Taurus is Ford’s flagship sedan, positioned above the subcompact Fiesta, the compact Focus, and the midsize Fusion in size and price.

2018 Taurus SE: The base Taurus comes equipped with 18-inch Sparkle Silver aluminum wheels, a sport mode, rear seat vents, Ice Blue instrumentation lighting, SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch center display screen, six-way power driver’s seat, dual-chrome exhaust tips, keyless entry keypad, illuminated entry, and an SOS Post-Crash Alert system.

2018 Taurus SEL: The better-equipped SEL adds dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, integrated remote start system, unique cloth seating upholstery, and rear parking sensors.

2018 Taurus Limited:

The Limited trim comes well-equipped with 19-inch Luster Nickel Painted aluminum wheels, interior ambient lighting, branded front floor mats, power-adjustable pedals, power rear window sunshade, wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel with power tilt and telescope, a heated steering wheel, a Sony audio system, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3 and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 10-way power heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, perforated leather-trimmed seats, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, and auto-dimming side view mirrors.

2018 Taurus SHO: The range-topping and higher-performance Taurus comes standard with the 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine, all-wheel drive, sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, 20-inch Ebony Black-painted machined aluminum wheels, aluminum pedals, SHO interior trim, perforated leather-trimmed seats with SHO graphics, dual exhaust system with chrome exhaust tips, HID headlights, SHO side view mirrors, and SHO grille with fender and rear badging.

The optional SHO Performance package includes performance brake pads, sport-calibrated electric power steering, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, Track Mode/True Off electronic stability modes, performance summer tires, larger front and rear brake rotors, and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.

PERFORMANCE AND FUEL ECONOMY

The 2018 Ford Taurus

 is powered by a standard 288-hp, 254-lb-ft of torque 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers an EPA-rated 17/24 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive and 18/27 when equipped with front-wheel drive. The top SHO comes standard with AWD and utilizes a 365-hp, 350-lb-ft of torque 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 that comes rated at 16/24 mpg. All powertrains are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. In Motor Trend testing, the 2013 Ford Taurus Limited AWD (with the same 3.5-liter V-6 that’s standard today) hit 60 mph in a decent 7.2 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in a respectable 120 feet.

SAFETY

The 2018 Ford Taurus earned a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (five stars is the highest possible rating). In IIHS testing, the Taurus received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the small overlap front crash test and received the highest rating of Good in the remaining four crash test evaluations. The lowest score of Basic was given for the front crash prevention evaluation because the Taurus properly warned the driver of a possible collision but did not brake for the driver (the sedan does not offer an automatic emergency braking feature). The Collision Warning with Brake Support feature is found in the Driver Assist package that also includes adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Active Park Assist (self-parking feature). Other safety features include automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with Cross-traffic Alert (standard on Limited SHO), rear parking sensors, and an SOS post-crash alert system.

UTILITY

The Ford Taurus’ trunk offers lots of room, measuring in at 20.1 cubic feet of cargo room, more than the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord’s 16.7 cubic feet. The Taurus offers 44.2 inches of front legroom and 38.1 inches of rear legroom, about even with the Accord’s 42.3 and 40.4 inches, respectively.

TECHNOLOGY

The 2018 Ford Taurus standard SYNC infotainment is displayed on a 4.2-inch center display and comes with a single CD player and MP3 capability, a 4.2-inch driver’s instrument panel display screen, and an SOS Post-Crash Alert system. The optional SYNC 3 system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AppLink, 911 Assist, and two smart-charging USB ports. The optional voice-activated navigation system features SiriusXM and Travel Link. For enhanced audio, opt for the available 12-speaker Sony audio system that features Clear Phase and Live Acoustic technologies.

Bottom Line

In a First Test review of the 2013 Ford Taurus SEL, we liked the improved interior materials, less cluttered center stack, and were surprised by the heavy sedan’s cornering ability, “The 255mm Michelins cling and coexist nicely with the abundant body roll.”

We were also pleased with the acceleration of the sedan with the 288-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. We concluded by saying, “First, we’d request the Limited model’s 10-way power seats. The SEL has a power switch to adjust the seat base position and height, but altering the seat back recline angle and lumbar support means fiddling with stiff plastic controls. The entire process seems disjointed. Second, on the driving controls area, we’d request the gas pedal be less touchy. Third, lower the step-in heights for the front and back rows.”

In a five-way full-size sedan comparison in 2013, the Ford Taurus came in last place. Although we liked the price point on the sedan, “the Taurus needs more than a refresh to compete in this segment. If you’re on a budget, shop for something in the midsize category.”

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