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2019 Ford Taurus Review

The 2019 Ford Taurus ranks near the bottom of the large car class. It offers a huge trunk and gentle ride, but it struggles to compete with the agility, high-quality cabin materials, and rear-seat roominess of its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Large trunk
  • Gentle ride
  • Straightforward SYNC 3 infotainment controls
  • Cramped interior
  • Outdated cabin materials
  • Handling falls short of rivals
  • Subpar gas mileage

7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.8
Reliability:
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2019 Ford Taurus Overview

Is the 2019 Ford Taurus a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Taurus is a good used large car. It has oodles of trunk space, and its suspension easily smooths over most road flaws. Additionally, it features the responsive SYNC 3 infotainment system as an option, as well as a potent engine in the Ford Taurus SHO.

However, this vehicle has subpar gas mileage ratings, and plenty of rival sedans have more modern interiors. Many are more fun to drive too.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this sedan in our comprehensive Ford Taurus review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates and predicted reliability ratings with professional evaluations from 64 automotive sources.

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How Much is the 2019 Ford Taurus?

Based on listings for the 2019 Ford Taurus, the average list price is $19,049. Prices range from $25,525 to $39,459 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Ford Taurus Cost to Own?

The 2019 Taurus’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $26,835, or $5,367 per year. Those are among the lowest costs in the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Ford Taurus: What's the Difference?

Ford discontinued the Taurus’ available power-adjustable steering wheel for the 2019 model year. Otherwise, this sedan was largely unchanged from 2018.

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Ford last redesigned the Taurus for 2010, and 2019 marked its final model year of production. Here are key changes for this sedan over the last few years:

  • 2016: SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced available MyFord Touch
  • 2017: no major changes
  • 2018: turbocharged four-cylinder engine discontinued
  • 2019: power-adjustable steering wheel dropped

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Taurus, 2017 Taurus, and 2018 Taurus reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Ford Taurus?

The 2019 Taurus has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2019 Ford Taurus Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Ford Taurus at this time.

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Which Used Ford Taurus Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Ford Taurus comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. A voice-activated navigation system and a moonroof are available in all but the base SE, and all-wheel drive is available in the SEL and Limited and standard in the SHO.

For most shoppers, it’s worth upgrading to the SEL trims or even the Limited to get the intuitive SYNC 3 infotainment system. Performance-minded shoppers should consider the SHO, as it gains a stronger V6 engine and a sport-tuned suspension. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

  • Ford Taurus SE: The Taurus SE comes with the basic SYNC connectivity system, a 4.2-inch display, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, a rearview camera, Ford MyKey, alloy wheels, six-way power-adjustable front seats, and cloth upholstery. Some models may come with satellite radio.
  • Ford Taurus SEL: The Ford Taurus SEL adds satellite radio, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rear parking sensors. Ford offered several options with this trim when it was new, so some models may come with the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two more USB ports, leather upholstery, heated front seats, or proximity keyless entry.
  • Ford Taurus Limited: The Limited gains almost everything listed above, as well as ventilated and 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 12-speaker Sony stereo, HD Radio, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and larger alloy wheels. Some models may have more driver assistance features, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a park assist system, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Ford Taurus SHO: The performance-oriented Ford Taurus SHO comes with a more powerful engine, all-wheel drive, a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, steering-wheel mounted shift paddles, and a few sporty styling enhancements, such as a rear spoiler, larger alloy wheels, and unique SHO badging.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Taurus?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Taurus an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this sedan the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. Its headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. It gave this Ford the lowest rating of Basic for its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Ford MyKey (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume parameters for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Parallel and perpendicular park assist

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2019 Ford Taurus Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Ford Taurus or 2019 Toyota Avalon?

The 2019 Toyota Avalon is an excellent large car, and it’s a better sedan than the Taurus in nearly every way. Fresh off a redesign for 2019, the Avalon has more composed handling than the Taurus, a premium cabin, and more standard tech and safety features. It boasts a higher predicted reliability rating too, and while its V6 engine is nowhere near as powerful as the Ford Taurus SHO’s, it’s still more than capable in most driving scenarios. The Ford has a larger trunk, but that’s not enough for us to recommend it over the Toyota.

Which Is Better: 2019 Ford Taurus or 2019 Chrysler 300?

The 2019 Chrysler 300 is another large car that outclasses the Ford. The 300 has excellent cabin materials, roomy seats, and lots of standard features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Chrysler also has a potent V8 engine that’s on par with the Ford Taurus SHO's twin-turbo V6. Neither vehicle is particularly engaging to drive, but the 300 is more fuel-efficient than the Taurus, and its infotainment system is one of the most intuitive on the market.

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2019 Taurus Performance

How Does the 2019 Ford Taurus Drive?

Although the base V6 engine is OK for most driving situations, it can still take some time to bring this vehicle up to speed. The twin-turbocharged V6 in the range-topping SHO is meatier and delivers quicker acceleration. The automatic transmission works well.

This Ford generally rides smoothly, but critics are mixed regarding how this sedan handles. Some say it remains composed around turns, but others note that heavy body lean and touchy brakes can make it feel cumbersome to drive. Either way, this car's overall performance falls short of what you get with rivals.

  • Base engine: 3.5-liter V6 with 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque (Taurus SHO)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (standard in SHO)
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Ford Taurus Get Good Gas Mileage?

This sedan gets below-average fuel economy estimates when compared to other V6-powered rivals. For instance, the 2019 Chevrolet Impala and 2019 Dodge Charger will save you around $100 to $150 in annual fuel costs.

  • Taurus, FWD: 18/26 mpg city/highway
  • Taurus, AWD: 17/24 mpg
  • Taurus SHO, AWD: 16/24 mpg

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2019 Taurus Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Taurus Seat?

The 2019 Taurus seats five people in two rows. Although it’s a large sedan, this vehicle feels small on the inside. A protruding center console cuts into knee room up front, and the elevated rear seats offer less head- and legroom than you'd think given the overall size of the car.

Cabin materials look nice, with well-fitted plastic surfaces, but this Ford is years past its last redesign, and it shows, as most rivals have more modern interiors. Additionally, thick pillars obstruct visibility.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Six-way power-adjustable front seats
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Ford Taurus?

This Ford sedan has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has an upper tether and the ability to borrow a lower anchor from either side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable, noting that the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

2019 Ford Taurus Features

The available SYNC 3 infotainment system is worth the upgrade. It’s easy to use, it has common smartphone integration functions, and the touch screen responds quickly to inputs.

  • Standard infotainment features: the SYNC connectivity system with a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, two additional USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a 12-speaker Sony stereo
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof

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2019 Ford Taurus Dimensions

Ford Taurus Cargo Space

This vehicle has 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is huge for a large car.

2019 Ford Taurus Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,917 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Ford Taurus Built?

Ford built the 2019 Taurus in Illinois.

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