The Ford Taurus is a spacious mid-size family sedan, with a sturdy reputation for dependability and affordability. Americans have made the Taurus a consistent best-seller, and it’s easy to see why. The modern Ford Taurus offers a variety of hefty powertrains, convenience features, and a comfortable, feature-rich cabin.
Used Ford Taurus
2010 – 2015
6th Gen Taurus
The modern Ford Taurus is roomy and comfortable. The cabin is muted and peaceful, even during highway drives. Drivers can choose between four trim models: the base SE, midgrade SEL, posh Limited, and sports-tuned SHO.
The model’s base 3.5-liter V6 generates 288 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is available. Drivers can also choose a turbo-charged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 240 horsepower and some of the best EPA ratings in the full-size sedan segment.
The sporty SHO is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that makes 365 horsepower. Its sport-tuned suspension creates a responsive ride. All engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control.
The base Taurus SE is outfitted with all the necessities. Full power accessories make it easy to get comfortable. A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel means drivers can find the perfect position. A six-speaker sound system keeps passengers entertained throughout long commutes.
Higher trims add a wealth of luxury features. The Sync and MyFord Touch electronics interfaces give users access to infotainment options. A rearview camera helps drivers back up safely. Dual-zone automatic climate control creates the perfect interior setting. Leather upholstery sets a luxurious tone.
2008 – 2009
5th Gen Taurus
For this generation, Ford turned its Five Hundred line into the all-new Taurus. This full-size sedan was sold with a 3.5-liter V6 that generated 263 horsepower. Drivers could choose between three trim models, the base SE, midlevel SEL, and top-of-the-line Limited.
2000 – 2006
4th Gen Taurus
The fourth-generation Taurus received a handsome redesign. Drivers could choose from two 3.0-liter V6 engines. They generated 155 and 200 horsepower, respectively. Both engines operated seamlessly with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Drivers could choose between the base LX, midlevel SE, and luxury SES and SEL. The LX came with standard power windows and air conditioning for greater passenger comfort. The SEL came standard with the more powerful V6 engine and automatic climate control.
By the end of this generation, only two models remained, the LX and SES. The Taurus eventually became a strictly-sedan lineup, dropping the wagon models.
1996 – 1999
3rd Gen Taurus
This Ford Taurus was redesigned with a unique new look. The rear window, dashboard, and grille were slightly oval-shaped. Drivers could choose from the base G, midlevel GL, top-trim LX, and high-performance SHO models.
1992 – 1995
2nd Gen Taurus
This new generation had a sleeker exterior and upgraded safety standards, including antilock breaks and a passenger-side airbag. Drivers could choose between L, GL, LX, and SHO wagon or sedan models.
In 1995, the sport SE made its debut. Most models came with a 3.0-liter or a 3.8-liter V6. Both options generated 140 horsepower, though the 3.8-liter V6 offered greater torque. The SHO’s newly available automatic transmission came with a slightly larger engine – a 220-horsepower 3.2-liter V6.
1986 – 1991
1st Gen Taurus
When the Ford Taurus debuted, its edgy exterior helped it gain swift popularity. Compared to its boxy competitors, the Taurus’s jellybean look was a welcome sight. Its original 90-horsepower inline-4 was eventually cancelled. A 140-horsepower V6 engine was also available. The Taurus SHO came with a Yamaha 3.0-liter V6, which delivered a solid performance with 220 horsepower.