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2016 Ford Taurus Sedan

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2016 Ford Taurus Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Ford Taurus SE include 3.5L V-6 288hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac with Curve Control electronic stability.

2016 Ford
Taurus Sedan

Starting at: $27,110

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 4.2"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Manual driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Manual passenger lumbar support
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 288hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 254 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 92.5mm x 86.7mm (3.64" x 3.41")
  • Compression ratio - 10.80 to 1
  • Towing capacity - 454kg (1,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,154mm (202.9")
  • Exterior body width - 1,935mm (76.2")
  • Exterior height - 1,542mm (60.7")
  • Wheelbase - 2,868mm (112.9")
  • Turning radius - 6.0m (19.8')
  • Front legroom - 1,064mm (41.9")
  • Rear legroom - 968mm (38.1")
  • Front headroom - 991mm (39.0")
  • Rear headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,430mm (56.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,417mm (55.8")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,471mm (57.9")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,445mm (56.9")
  • Passenger volume - 2,894L (102.2 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 569 L (20 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 569 L (20 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 288hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Torque - 254 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 21mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 19.0gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 18mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 27mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 235/55HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 235/55HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


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$34,460   288-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 27  
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$36,310   288-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
SHO 2016 Ford Taurus Sedan SHO Search New $40,275   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

For its age, the Taurus behaves well. Despite impressive road manners, however, a Taurus can feel big and heavy, thus less engaging than some lighter sedans. Road feel falls somewhat short, due to that excess heft.

Because of recent ride/handling improvements, the suspension is more progressive, with less harshness over bumps. A Taurus rides more firmly than other big, comfortable sedans, remaining smooth even though the body can lean significantly when cornering. Taurus tires grip the pavement effectively, but optional 20-inch wheels yield a harsher ride without discernible benefits. Electric power steering is precise, providing more direct feedback than many rivals. Brakes feel confident. Optional automatic Park Assist works better than the system Lexus offers.

The four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is a bit short of power with a passenger or two aboard. Acceleration is better with the V6, though it’s not the most refined engine. Helped by a low first gear, the V6 conveys a powerful feel at low to medium engine speeds. Paddle shifters, standard on SEL and Limited, seem unnecessary.

In the SHO, the engine and transmission cooperate to keep power delivery while upshifting. Acceleration to 60 mph takes a little more than 5 seconds. The SHO suspension uses stiffer shock absorbers and springs, plus thicker anti-roll bars, resulting in pleasant balance and crisp.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Taurus carries on with a low profile, sleek roofline, and crisp lines throughout the body. Wheelbase is long and the car is wide, with substantial overhangs at each end, totaling 203 inches in overall length. Those abundant dimensions actually strengthen its low and powerful look.

Strong rear flanks and sculpted character lines and add some interest to the overall design. In short, Taurus remains stylish, but it’s a shape has been around for a long while.

Helping to acquire a distinctive appearance, the Taurus SHO leads with a black mesh grille, substituting for the horizontal bars used on other models. Lower front body moldings include a substantial air dam.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Despite its mainstream history, the Taurus interior comes across as near-luxury, at least. Materials quality and finishes, ranging from soft-touch plastics to simulated wood and chrome, produce an upscale aura. Even the base Taurus SE suggests attention to detail.

What Taurus lacks is space. It’s simply not as roomy as expected for a car of its size. The wraparound instrument panel and the wide console create well-defined areas for the driver and front passenger. Because that console occupies a lot of space, the cabin feels smaller than it should.

Three adults fit in the rear, but they might feel claustrophobic. The low roofline restricts headroom, and legroom is skimpier than expected. Outward visibility is limited, too. Thick roof pillars and a relatively high beltline make rear windows surprisingly small, and the turret-like back window doesn’t help.

Getting in and out of the back seat also is challenging, demanding substantial ducking below the low roof. On the plus side, the trunk is huge, offering more than 20 cubic foot of luggage space.

Large front seats are both comfortable and supportive. Optional multi-contour seats are helpful for drivers who differ from average size.


New Car Test Drive

Ford Taurus is an older product than some of the competition. Still, in addition to refinement and quiet running, you can expect a firm but comfortable ride, and be assured of excellent safety ratings.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. Mitch McCullough and James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The 2016 Ford Taurus is offered in four trim levels; SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. Taurus SE ($27,110) comes with V6 engine and front-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, rearview camera, power front seats, keyless entry, SYNC with MyFord, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Taurus SEL ($29,540) gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, reverse sensing, and 18-inch wheels. SYNC 3 is optional. SEL AWD ($31,390) has all-wheel drive. The more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is an option ($995).

Limited ($34,460) comes with leather upholstery, heated/cooled front seats, SYNC 3, power-adjustable pedals, pushbutton start, and 19-inch wheels. Limited AWD ($36,310) has all-wheel drive.

SHO AWD ($40,220) gets a more powerful turbocharged V6 engine, all-wheel drive, a sportier suspension, suede sport-seat inserts, and high-intensity headlights.

Standard safety features include Curve Control, which reduces power when the driver enters a turn too quickly. Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert are available for Limited.

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