Ford unveiled the Taurus nomenclature for the first time in 1985 and kept the model into production for almost two decades, making the sedan the second oldest nameplate it offered on the North American market. Because of dwindling sales, Ford pulled the Taurus from its retail showrooms in the 2007 model year, leaving it just as a fleet vehicle. In the 2008 model year, the Taurus returned as the re-badged and restyled Ford Five Hundred.
However, Ford understood that bringing back the name won’t help much if its neglected the model as much as it did just before its initial demise. Having learned from its mistakes, Ford unveiled the sixth-generation Taurus with an all-new look that was revolutionary for the era.
This new generation brought a completely new look, completely transforming the face of the Taurus and, of course, customers’ opinions about it. In 2013 Taurus received a facelift that made it even more attractive and kept it looking relatively fresh.
For the 2014 model year, Taurus is offered in three trim levels — SE, SEL and Limited — with prices starting from $27,495.
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The sixth-generation Ford Taurus retains the same general look it has since it was revealed in 2010. Still, starting with the 2013 model year, Ford opted for restyled headlamps, a new trapezoidal grille, a new front bumper and modified taillights that now come with larger LED lights. These changes will carry over into the 2014 model year.
Standard Exterior Features
Ford Taurus SE
- Body-Color Door Handles
- Chrome-Tipped Dual Exhaust
- Glass – Laminated side security, solar-tinted
- Folding, power mirrors, integrated blind spot mirrors, black accented
- Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Taillamps
Ford Taurus SEL
- All SE features, plus:
- SecuriCode Invisible Keyless Entry Keypad
- Rear Spoiler
Ford Taurus Limited
- All SEL features, plus:
- Mirrors – Power, heated, integrated blind spot mirrors with security approach lamps and memory, chrome-accented mirror caps
- Supplemental parking lamps
|Width including mirrors/excluding mirrors||85.7 / 76.2 Inches|
|Height without options||60.7 Inches|
|Track, front/rear||65.3/65.5 Inches|
In 2013, Taurus received no updates for the interior, but the 2014 model ushers in an array of new technology, including SYNC with MyFord Touch replacing many traditional buttons, knobs and gauges. This new system features a series of LCD screens that can be personalized to display information relevant to each driver by using voice command.
Standard Interior Features
Ford Taurus SE
- Front center floor console with armrest, storage bin and removable trinket tray
- Handles - Front and rear grab (three total)
- Lamps – Rear seat reading, front dome and map lamps
- Locks - Power door locks with auto lock
- AM/FM stereo with single CD player with clock & MP3 capability
- Six-way power driver’s seat – with manual recline and lumbar
Ford Taurus SEL
- All SE features, plus:
- Outside Temperature Display
- Shift knob - leather-wrapped with chrome insert
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel, manual tilt/telescopic with speed and secondary audio controls
Ford Taurus Limited
- All SEL features, plus:
- Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
- Ambient Lighting
- Appliqué - Woodgrain trim interior
- Front center floor console with armrest, covered storage, removable trinket tray and cupholders
- Wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel, power tilt/telescopic with speed and secondary audio controls
|First row headroom||39.0 Inches|
|First row legroom||41.9 Inches|
|First row shoulder room||57.9 Inches|
|First row hip room||56.3 Inches|
|Second row headroom||37.8 Inches|
|Second row legroom||38.1 Inches|
|Second row shoulder room||56.9 Inches|
|Second row hip room||55.8 Inches|
For the 2014 model year, Ford is offering the Taurus with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter EcoBoost and a 3.5 liter V-6, both updated to deliver an increased fuel economy.
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine makes use of a turbocharger to deliver a total of 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Despite delivering V-6-like output, this EcoBoost engine delivers a fuel economy of 32 mpg highway.
The second engine is the 3.5-liter, V-6 version.It receives twin independent variable camshaft timing that helps it deliver improved fuel economy, increased power and a reduction in part-throttle emissions. This engine delivers a total of 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, while delivering a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway highway.
|Type||3.5-liter DOHC Ti-VCT V6||2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-4|
|Manufacturing location||Lima Engine Plant, Lima, Ohio||Valencia Engine Plant, Valencia, Spain|
|Configuration||Aluminum block and head||Aluminum block and head|
|Horsepower||288 @ 6,500 rpm||240 @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||254 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm||270 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm|
|Layout||Front-wheel or all-wheel drive||Front-wheel drive|
|Transmission||Six-speed SelectShift® automatic, 6F50||Six-speed SelectShift automatic, 6F35|
|Ford Taurus SE||$27,495|
|Ford Taurus SEL||$29,795|
|Ford Taurus Limited||$34,995|
Unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, the eight-generation Malibu arrived a little bit too late to be able to really give the Taurus a run for its money last year. Heading into 2014, however, the Taurus needs to take a look over its shoulder for the revised Malibu to overtake it.
The Malibu is offered with a choice of three engines. The base engines an all-new, Ecotec 2.5-liter, four-cylinder that delivers a total of 197 horsepower. Next in line it the Ecotec, 2.0-liter, turbo-charged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 259 horsepower.LAstly is the Ecotec 2.4-liter engine that delivers a total of 182 horsepower and will see use only in the Eco version.
Gallery Chevrolet Malibu
Until a few years ago, Hyundai wasn’t considered a serious competitor. Things have changed lately, and the Sonata is now one of the top cars in the segment.
The model is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 198 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque — 200 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque with dual exhaust — and a fuel economy of 35 mpg on highway driving.
Gallery Hyundai Sonata
Ford Taurus was once a model quite criticized for its ugly face, but things changed once the new generation generation arrived. However, the model is starting to show its age once again, and we think it is about due for another overhaul. ?Sin ce the facelift happened just last year, we expect to see a revision sometime in two or three years. Until then, we think the current Taurus will remain competitive, particularly its SHO variant...
- Improved fuel economy
- EcoBoost engine
- New technology
- Poor rear visibility
- Driving position is not the best in its class
- MyFord Touch interface is not the easiest thing to use
Gallery Ford Taurus
A choice of engines offers customers increased fuel economy without compromising the responsive performance they want.
Taurus was the first car in Ford’s North American lineup to offer the advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine. Ideal for full-size sedan buyers seeking maximum fuel economy without sacrificing performance, this advanced engine combines direct injection of gasoline and a turbocharger to provide performance comparable to naturally aspirated V6 engines offered by competitors.
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque while returning highway fuel economy of 32 mpg.
A relatively high compression ratio is enabled by the use of direct injection of gasoline, operating at fuel pressures from 2,200 to 2,800 psi. The unique turbocharger is optimally matched to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine and direct injection system, providing precise fuel pressure control to deliver boosted power at low rpm without annoying turbo lag.
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost uses 5W30 oil to reduce internal friction, and enables 10,000-mile oil change intervals, representing a potential reduction in cost of ownership. In addition, fuel economy is optimized with a low-tension accessory drive belt and a one-way alternator clutch.
Ti-VCT 3.5-liter V6 engine
The 3.5-liter V6 is offered as standard equipment in Taurus SE, SEL and Limited series models.
This Taurus engine benefits from the addition of twin independent variable camshaft timing, achieving better fuel economy, additional horsepower and a reduction in part-throttle emissions compared to the previous standard Taurus V6. The new engine returns a 3 mpg highway fuel economy increase, with 10 percent more horsepower.
The engine has been engineered for durability with chain-driven camshafts, high-strength forged metal connecting rods with floating pins, a fully counterweighted forged steel crankshaft, die-cast aluminum deep-sump oil pan and four-bolt main bearing caps with side bolts through the engine block.
Noise, vibration and harshness characteristics are controlled and reduced through employment of a tuned composite upper and lower manifold, a silent-chain camshaft drive and an acoustic engine cover.
EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 engine
The EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 – standard equipment in the high-performance Taurus SHO – is Ford’s most powerful EcoBoost offering, delivering 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
Like all Ford EcoBoost engines, this engine produces peak torque across a broad plateau from 1,500 to 5,250 rpm. Peak torque building quickly off idle ensures responsive acceleration.
From the driver’s seat, the result is linear power delivery.
Combining direct injection and a pair of turbochargers, the V6 EcoBoost engine avoids lag by employing impellers that spool up quickly for swift response. This Taurus SHO combination of power, consistent torque delivery, all-wheel drive and up to 25 mpg on the highway is unmatched by competitors.
America’s most innovative full-size sedan gets even smarter with an array of more class-leading technologies including SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, which replaces many traditional buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, colorful LCD screens and steering wheel-mounted five-way toggles. These screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each driver by using voice command, keeping the driver’s eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
MyFord Touch is powered by a new version of Ford’s award-winning SYNC system, combining voice control for vehicle functions, enabled Bluetooth® devices, MP3 players and a wide variety of external media.
Taurus Limited and Taurus SHO add Ford’s Lane-Keeping System, which helps notify a driver if he or she is veering from the road. This feature is bundled with Ford’s intuitive active park assist technology, making life simpler and more convenient for customers.
The 2014 Ford Taurus is manufactured at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant