2017 Ford Taurus


There's no lack of full-size sedans costing a fortune that are bristling with features and equipment, but what if you want the size and all the toys without having to pay over the odds? The solution could well be the 2017 Ford Taurus, and the Taurus is the solution plenty of people have been choosing for some considerable time now. The Ford actually started life as a midsize sedan way back in 1986, but it's resided in the full-size segment since 2008. Now in its sixth-generation, the Taurus can be a powerful performance sedan as well as a technology packed sedan, but it's also one that won't break the bank.


The current model has been with us now since as long ago as 2010, which is quite a while for almost any modern vehicle other than a big truck. Despite its longevity though, the Taurus is still a very handsome car with a look of a large Fusion. It's a contemporary and stylish design with an air of authority you'd normally only expect to find with considerably more expensive rivals. The 80 inches of front and back overhang gives the Taurus a lower, sleeker profile than many of today's full-size sedans, and this is a car that looks to positively embrace and take advantage of its size rather than being coy about it in any way.


The trim inside the Ford Taurus is substantial, attractive and well put together, and the ride and drive is as quiet and comfortable as you'd expect from a car of this stature. A wide center console with a wraparound instrument panel divides the front seat area into clearly defined driver and passenger zones, which is the kind of design cue that's more coupe than four-door sedan. It's a really nice touch that just gives the Taurus that bit of difference from the usual crowd. The materials used inside the Taurus are of a very high standard, the build quality is excellent, and you'll never need to dream of having a car with more trunk space thanks to the cavernous 20.1 cu.-ft. of cargo capacity on offer here.

Engines and performance

The 2017 Ford Taurus lineup has three different engines to choose between, so there's certainly plenty of choice. The standard engine is a 288 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with Sport Mode and a shifter activation button. You then have the opportunity to upgrade to a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which this time puts out 240 horsepower. The most powerful engine option is kept back exclusively for the top SHO trim, which is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 developing 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Front wheel drive is standard with all models other than the SHO, although the all-wheel drive system is an available option for all but the base trim.

Trims and features

The trim lineup consists of the SE, SEL, Limited and SHO, which actually represents a fairly wide variety ranging between value and outright opulence. The SE certainly isn't a utilitarian offering though, as even this entry model gets a standard rearview camera, Ford Sync, Bluetooth connectivity, a 4.2-inch screen, a six-speaker stereo, 18-inch alloy wheels and power adjustable front seats. The Limited trim really ups the ante to the latest SYNC3 infotainment system, leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, keyless ignition, and wood interior accents. The SHO really does come with all the toys, along with that sensational V-6 EcoBoost engine and all-wheel drive as well.


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