The 2017 Ford Taurus has been with us now since 1985 when it was originally launched as a midsize, before becoming a full-size sedan as it is today from the 2008 model year. The Taurus has been credited with saving Ford from bankruptcy back in the eighties, so it's easy to see why it's such an important model to this day. But even this flagship sedan has to share some the limelight today with excellent models from within Ford's own ranks, with the outstanding Fusion being one of the main suspects. But if a new full-size sedan is what you're looking for, here's why the Taurus is still the one you should consider first.
The Taurus doesn’t bother trying to hide its proportions, so instead it does exactly the opposite by positively embracing its impressive proportions instead. There's definitely a hint of the fabulous Ford Fusion in the exterior styling of the 2017 Ford Taurus, but the 112-inch wheelbase and 80 inches of front and rear overhang make this a notably more imposing vehicle. Attractive sharp exterior lines and clearly defined haunches further distance the Taurus from its midsize sibling to deliver a degree of presence smaller cars just don't have an answer to. The sloping roofline offers an element of sportiness that makes the Taurus appeal to a wider audience than just those looking for a commuter vehicle.
Interior styling and comfort
The Taurus isn’t a full-blown luxury car as Ford obviously leaves those responsibilities to its separate luxury brand. But you might not know that if you're inside a Taurus, especially a high-specification 2017 model. There are high quality materials everywhere you look and touch inside the sizeable Ford, and a classic, refined style brings the whole interior together in an upscale and impressively high quality manner. Obviously, the interiors are at their most impressive higher up in the Taurus family, but even base models have plenty to admire in this important area for any full-size sedan. Just about any feature you could reasonably want can be found in the Taurus if you want them, including heated and ventilated front-seats, a heated steering wheel and a top-quality Sony sound system. Even your luggage will be impressed by the comfort on offer with the 20 cu.-ft. of cargo capacity found in the trunk.
Trims and engines
Four different trim levels are offered for the 2017 Ford Taurus, which start with the SE and then go to the SEL, Limited and finally the exceptional SHO performance model. A naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 is the standard unit found in SE, SEL and Limited trims, although there's also a powerful and fuel-efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder available option. The all-conquering 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is the impressive powerplant propelling the SHO trim, and the power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission in all versions of the Taurus. The SE, SEL and Limited trims come with rear-wheel drive as standard, but SEL and Limited models can be upgraded to all-wheel drive and the SHO gets it as part of its standard kit.
Features and equipment
There really isn’t any such thing as a basic Taurus as all essential features and equipment are there in every model. Standard features include: climate control, a rearview camera, Ford MyKey, tire pressure monitors, and automatic headlamps with wiper activation. Every Taurus apart from entry level SE models come with a reverse sensing system, the SE and SEL trims have the Sync infotainment system with a 4.2-inch color screen as standard, while Limited and SHO models get the enhanced Sync3 with a large, clear, easy-to-read 8-inch color LCD capacitive touchscreen.