2019 Ford Taurus

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2019 Ford Taurus Review

A gentle ride and a large trunk aren’t enough to offset the 2019 Ford Taurus’ tight rear seats, tedious handling, and unimpressive cabin. Because of that, it ranks near the bottom of the large car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Large trunk
  • Comfortable ride
  • Affordable price
  • Dated cabin design
  • Less rear-seat space than rivals
  • Subpar fuel economy

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Ford Taurus has a score of 7.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 64 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 6.6
Safety: 8.6
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Is the Ford Taurus a Good Car?

The Ford Taurus is just OK. This comfortable cruiser has a sizable trunk for a large car, and its optional SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use. Unfortunately, its shortcomings mostly outweigh these gains, which is why it places so low in our rankings. The Taurus gets terrible gas mileage and has a middling base engine. Families will frown over its surprisingly cramped back seat and short list of standard safety features. And because the current generation is almost a decade old, the interior looks and feels dated alongside many rivals.

Should I Buy the Ford Taurus?

If you need a large car and are on a tight budget, the Ford Taurus sedan is worth considering. It’s one of the most affordable vehicles in its class. However, almost every other large car is a better value. The Chevrolet Impala offers balanced handling and roomy rear seats, and the Kia Cadenza boasts a lavish cabin with plenty of standard tech features.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Taurus?

The 2019 Taurus is your last chance to buy a new Taurus, as production is ending with this model year. However, you're probably better off buying a used model instead. This car's current generation launched for 2010, and major changes since then include a refresh for 2013. The 2016 Taurus also received a significant tech upgrade, as its much-maligned MyFord Touch infotainment system was replaced with the optional SYNC 3 interface. Ford discontinued the turbocharged four-cylinder engine for 2018, and a power-adjustable steering wheel is no longer available for 2019.

Among recent model years, you're likely to find the best combination of price and features with a 2016 or 2017 model.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Ford Taurus. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 55 Reviews Analyzed

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 the Ford Taurus in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 55 automotive sources. This Ford Taurus review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which ran from the 2010 through 2019 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the Ford Taurus Cost?

The base 2019 Ford Taurus SE has a starting price of $27,800, making it one of the most affordable large cars. In fact, most class rivals retail for more than $30,000, putting them on par with the midlevel Ford Taurus SEL. The performance-oriented Taurus SHO has a base price of $42,975.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

Ford Taurus Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Taurus or Toyota Avalon?

Toyota fully redesigned the Avalon for the 2019 model year, and the updates help make it a great large car. The Avalon boasts higher fuel economy estimates, more room for passengers, and a longer list of standard features than the Taurus, including lots of standard safety features. It can also hold its own on winding roads much better than the Taurus can. On the other hand, the Taurus is more affordable, with a starting price that is $7,700 less than the Avalon’s. Even the midlevel Ford Taurus SEL will save you more than $5,300 compared to the base Avalon. It also offers all-wheel drive, something you can’t get in the Avalon. If your budget allows it, however, the Avalon is a better pick.

Which Is Better: Ford Taurus or Chevrolet Impala?

With a gentle ride and good composure around turns, the Chevrolet Impala is a smart choice in the class. It offers a spacious cabin with some of the roomiest rear seats in the class. The Impala has more standard features and an intuitive infotainment system, and it retails for only $200 more than the Ford. However, the Impala has a standard four-cylinder engine, and upgrading to its available V6 engine will cost you extra. While the Taurus has a little more trunk space and available all-wheel drive, the Impala is a better choice overall.

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Taurus Interior

How Many People Does the Taurus Seat?

This Ford sedan seats five people. Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather seats; massaging, heated, and ventilated front seats; heated rear seats; and a heated steering wheel are available.

Most adults will be comfortable in the front seats, but thick roof pillars make the cabin feel tight. Rear-seat space is friendlier to kids than adults.

Taurus and Child Car Seats

This sedan has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the system its second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use, noting that the anchors are located too deep in the seats. 

Taurus Interior Quality

The Taurus has a nice-looking cabin, but you won’t mistake it for a Mercedes-Benz. Rivals like the Chrysler 300 have more modern interiors with higher-quality materials. 

Taurus Cargo Space

This vehicle has 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s one of the roomiest among large sedans, eclipsing the Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse, though wagons such as the Ford C-Max Hybrid have a lot more space.

Taurus Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Taurus comes standard with the SYNC smartphone connectivity interface, which features a 4.2-inch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system. Upgrades include the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a second USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, and a moonroof.

With its large, responsive touch screen, SYNC 3 is a worthwhile upgrade. It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Taurus Performance

Taurus Engine: Take It or Leave It

Ford offers two powertrains in the 2019 Taurus. The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine puts out 288 horsepower. The Taurus SHO trim has a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost variant of this engine with ratings of 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Both engines are powerful enough for daily driving and highway jaunts. The EcoBoost V6 delivers quicker acceleration and feels more powerful when getting up to speed or cruising along. However, the base engine isn't as robust as what you'll find in a number of the Taurus' more recently updated rivals.

Taurus Mileage: Subpar for the Class

This vehicle gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The Ford Taurus SHO and its twin-turbocharged engine get 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Those are low estimates compared to other large cars, some of which have base four-cylinders instead of V6s. But even among rivals with a V6, the Ford earns subpar estimates. Both the Chevrolet Impala and Kia Cadenza can save you money at the pump.

Taurus Ride and Handling: Comfortable Ride

The Ford Taurus sedan has a gentle, cushioned ride. It’s a great cruising vehicle, but you’ll never forget you’re driving a full-size car. It leans around corners and can be hard to maneuver. The sport-oriented SHO trim handles a little better, but it still falls short of some rivals' handling. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

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Taurus Reliability

Is the Taurus Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Taurus a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. 

Taurus Warranty

Ford covers the Taurus with a basic warranty lasting three years or 36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty lasting five years or 60,000 miles. Most large cars have similar terms.

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Taurus Safety

Taurus Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Ford Taurus five out of five stars overall, with four stars in the rollover test and five stars in every other test conducted. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test. IIHS gave the front crash prevention technology a Basic rating and gave the headlights a rating of Poor. Both of those ratings are the lowest in their test categories.

Taurus Safety Features

This full-size car has a standard rearview camera and Ford’s MyKey, which lets you do things like set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers. Rivals like the Buick LaCrosse and Toyota Avalon have more standard safety features.

The Taurus also offers blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, and parallel park assist.

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Taurus Dimensions and Weight

The Taurus is 16 feet, 11 inches long. It has a base curb weight of 3,917 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Ford Taurus Built?

Ford builds the Taurus in Illinois.

Which Ford Taurus Model Is Right for Me?

Ford offers this large sedan in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and the performance-oriented SHO. If you’re after a large family sedan, the Ford Taurus SEL is a good choice. It gains a few tech and comfort features over the base SE, and it’s the first trim available with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. The Ford Taurus Limited adds even more, but it comes with a fairly large price jump. Shoppers after something more athletic should look to the Ford Taurus SHO, as it’s the only trim with a sport-tuned suspension and the stronger V6 engine.

Ford Taurus SE

The 2019 Ford Taurus SE has an MSRP of $27,800. That buys you a 288-horsepower V6 engine, remote keyless entry, aluminum wheels, cloth seats, a rearview camera, and the SYNC smartphone connectivity system with a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth. You’ll also get Ford’s MyKey, which lets you do things like set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers.

No notable packages or options are available with the SE trim.

Ford Taurus SEL

With a starting price of $30,230, the Ford Taurus SEL adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, satellite radio, and rear parking sensors.

The Ford Taurus SEL is the first trim available with several options. All-wheel drive is a $1,850 add-on, and for $1,050, you can equip the Taurus with the 201A package to get push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Voice-activated navigation is available for $795. Other options include leather and heated front seats ($1,495) and a moonroof ($995).

Ford Taurus Limited

The Ford Taurus Limited starts at $37,310 and adds the contents of the 201A package as standard. You’ll also get heated, ventilated, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats; heated rear seats; leather seats; and a heated steering wheel. The Limited also features a 12-speaker Sony sound system, HD Radio, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, and larger aluminum wheels.

All-wheel drive, navigation, and the moonroof remain optional. For $1,995, a Driver Assist package adds lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and parallel park assist.

Ford Taurus SHO

The 2019 Ford Taurus SHO retails for $42,975. As the performance-minded model in the lineup, it has a sport-tuned suspension, a twin-turbo EcoBoost engine making 365 horsepower, and standard all-wheel drive.

A moonroof, navigation, and the Driver Assist package remain available. Ford also offers a SHO Performance package for $1,300. It upgrades the tires, brakes, and suspension.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

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The Final Call

The Ford Taurus places toward the bottom of our large car rankings, in part because it gets poor gas mileage and doesn't look as modern as its rivals. These drawbacks aren't necessarily deal breakers on their own, and the Taurus does have some nice qualities. Still, most shoppers are better with one of the Taurus' competitors.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Ford Taurus isn't a bad car, but nearly every one of its rivals is newer and more competent. " -- Edmunds
  • "The new Taurus competes in the crowded full-size-sedan segment against such rivals as the Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Kia Cadenza and Hyundai Azera, as well as the Buick LaCrosse. And it's a bit behind much of that competition, in design, available technologies and interior volume. You'll find more room, better visibility and more modern interiors elsewhere." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "In fact, despite a complete redesign in 2010, Taurus sales have sagged in recent years, while the rest of the car market has surged. That's too bad, because the 2015 Taurus is actually a pretty good car. It's smooth and quiet on the road, like a big sedan should be, and its sleek dashboard can be outfitted with the cutting-edge MyFord Touch infotainment system. Plus, there's a ridiculously fast EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 in the high-performance SHO model. The Taurus may not be top-of-mind for many large-car shoppers, but if you take a closer look, you'll find that it has a lot to offer." -- Autotrader (2015)

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