This year, the legendary Taurus is celebrating seven years of its actual generation with the same design and only minor changes and updates were implemented since then. The Taurus is an emblematic car for Ford. It was the car responsible for the rescue of the company back in the 80s when Ford was passing through a tough economic crisis.
It’s a full-size sedan that offers tons of luxury, comfortableness, and top-notch materials. It’s a fantastic car with even more fantastic competitors, such as the Chevrolet Impala, the Hyundai Azera, and the outstanding Chrysler 300. It’s struggling to barely bite the ankles of those monsters in the same segment, but year by year it’s improving.
The Taurus boasts an incredibly comfortable ride, luxurious cockpit, and excellent safety rating. Nonetheless, the lack of agility and that feeling of “big and heavy” underway is condeming it to stay behind the rivals.
When the Taurus was unveiled, it reported over 300.000 units sold per year until 2003. Since then, the sales has been plummeting until reaching 40.000 per year.
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Let’s review the Taurus.
Powerplants and Performance
The flexibility of the 2016 Taurus is something positive: you can get from an efficient four-cylinder to a powerful six-cylinder. Two V6 engines are available, one of them is a standard on the sedan and the other is more oriented to high-performance presentations.
The standard engine in the Taurus is a 3.5 L V6 producing up to 288 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, all the power is sent to the front wheels. The fuel efficiency is below average in comparison with its segment, being rated at 19 mpg in city and 29 mpg on the highway, for a combined rated in 21 mpg.
If your bet is a more efficient full-size sedan, you should go for the turbocharged 2.0 L four-cylinder engine, producing up to 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with the same six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel-drive.
Now, the fastest engine is the turbocharged 3.5 L V6, which is producing up to 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. This time, the power is sent to an all-wheel-drive system, paired with a six-speed transmission but including exciting shift paddles for manual control. The acceleration is excellent on this model and can go from standstill to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. The introduction of a turbocharged model contribute to increased significantly the performance without compromising the fuel efficiency, which is rated at 17 mpg in city and 25 on the highway for a combined at 20 mpg.
Design Line and Interior
The current generation of the Taurus was unveiled in 2010 and received a facelift in 2013. It needs a new redesign as soon as possible but it is still a nice car. The front fascia is elegant and audacious, and the silhouette is the usual in full-size sedan on the market. From the rear, the car looks opulent and the double exhaust pipes are always welcome in a car.
The inside of the car is full of amenities and emanates a really luxury and premium feeling. The materials on it are good and the new overall style is not as outdated as the exterior. The upgrade comes from the MyFord Touch Interface with the new SYNC 3 infotainment which is well addressed, improving the user-friendly interface and general functions. A highlight in this car is the huge cargo space available in the trunk.
The Bottom Line
With such good competitors, the 2016 Taurus doesn’t have it easy. The new upgrade and the scarse aesthetical changes let us knowing that a new generation is coming soon. Or at least we hope that.
Starting price at US$27.110.