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Pros & Cons

  • Handsome interior design
  • Composed handling
  • Huge trunk
  • Few standard features

Rankings & Awards

The 2012 Ford Taurus's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Affordable Large Cars category. It was the winner of our 2012 Best Affordable Large Car for the Money award and the winner of our 2012 Best Full Size Car for Families award. Currently the Ford Taurus has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 36 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2012 Ford Taurus Overview

The 2012 Taurus comes with a V6 engine that reviewers said delivers respectable acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is available. A more powerful twin-turbo V6 and standard all-wheel drive come with the 2012 Taurus SHO. The base 2012 Ford Taurus gets an EPA-estimated 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is mid-pack for the class. Like most large cars, reviewers said the Taurus has a quiet, smooth ride. They said the Taurus offers controlled handling, as well as steering that’s accurate, but not particularly communicative.

Reviewers said the 2012 Ford Taurus has a modern, attractive interior design, and while some noted some hard plastic surfaces, most appreciated Ford’s use of prime materials. Test drivers agreed that the Taurus has spacious and comfortable seating in both rows. However, some critics said that a sloping roofline and narrow windows make the cabin feel cramped. The Taurus’ 20.1-cubic-foot trunk is one of the largest in the class. The 2012 Ford Taurus comes standard with a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input. Auto writers were impressed with the Taurus’ long list of available features when it was new, which include leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats with massage, heated rear seats, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, Ford’s voice-activated Sync system, a USB port, Bluetooth, a moonroof, adaptive cruise control and navigation.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse comes with more standard features than the Taurus, and the eAssist model has superb fuel economy for an affordable large car. In addition, reviewers agreed that the LaCrosse’s cabin features upscale materials.

The 2012 Chrysler 300 comes with a standard infotainment system, and reviewers agreed that the 300 has a luxurious interior. The 300 is also available with all-wheel drive, and it earned praise for its powerful V6 and V8 engine choices when it was new.

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