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2014 Ford Taurus Review

The 2014 Ford Taurus has a powerful engine lineup and ample trunk room. Still, competitors with better-quality interiors, superior handling, and easier-to-use infotainment systems stop it from exceeding its place at the bottom half of our rankings.  

Pros & Cons

  • Large trunk
  • Potent engine lineup
  • Fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine
  • Complicated infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Ford Taurus Overview

Is the 2014 Ford Taurus a Good Used Car?

It may have a low ranking, but the 2014 Ford Taurus is still a good affordable large car. The Taurus has a smooth ride, strong acceleration, and abundant cargo space, as well as good reliability and reasonable ownership costs.

The 2014 Ford Taurus has three different powertrains, so most shoppers should be satisfied. The standard V6 engine makes 288 horsepower, while SEL and Limited models come with a turbocharged 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The performance-based Taurus SHO model gets a twin-turbo V6 that makes 365 horsepower. The base engine is strong and refined, while the four-cylinder engine provides the best fuel efficiency in the lineup (22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway). Though the Taurus SHO is the most powerful option in the lineup, it does not live up to rivals like the V8-powered Dodge Charger. All models are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The base engine gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is average for the class.

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The 2014 Ford Taurus has mainly elegant materials, but there are a few dark, hard plastics that make the cabin less appealing than some competitors’. The Taurus seats five on standard cloth upholstery and provides plenty of cabin room for driver and passengers alike. It also has one of the largest trunks in the class, at 20.1 cubic feet. Still, some competitors – like the Chevrolet Impala – have more rear legroom. Visibility is hindered by thick roof pillars on either side of the Taurus. The MyFord Touch infotainment system is slow to respond to inputs and can be difficult to use. There are three sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second-row seats.

All used models come with six-way power-adjustable front seats and a six-speaker audio system. Some models come with leather seats, heated seats, push-button start, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a SYNC voice command system, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, two USB ports, HD Radio, a navigation system, and satellite radio.

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Used 2014 Ford Taurus Prices

Used 2014 Ford Taurus models range from about $12,900 for the base model to $22,600 for the all-wheel-drive SHO trim.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford Taurus?

The 2014 Ford Taurus has a reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. This is above average among all cars (a score of three is average for the industry), but it’s about average for the class. In comparison, the Buick Lacrosse gets the highest rating of five out of five.

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How Safe Is the Taurus?

The Taurus earned the highest rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, as well as an Acceptable rating (the second highest) in its fifth evaluation – the small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Taurus five out of five stars overall, with five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. 

Every 2014 Ford Taurus comes with MyKey, which allows parents to limit the audio volume and top speed for teen drivers. Some models may come with a rearview camera, lane keep assist, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams, a reverse sensing system, rain-sensing wipers, and rear cross traffic alert. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Taurus?

The 2014 Ford Taurus is part of a generation that started in 2010 and includes the 2018 model year. No major changes were made to the Taurus between 2013 and 2014, so you may want to consider an older 2013 model to save some money. The Taurus saw a lot of changes between 2012 and 2013 – including an updated engine lineup – so keep in mind that going with a 2012 model or earlier will get you a much different car. 

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Which Used Ford Taurus Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Ford Taurus comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. The Limited trim gets you the best bang for your buck. It includes a MyFord infotainment and SYNC voice command system, heated and cooled front seats, leather seats, a rearview camera, and push-button start. 

Looking to buy a certified pre-owned Taurus? For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Ford Taurus and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Taurus or 2014 Ford Fusion?

The 2014 Ford Fusion is an affordable midsize car with agile handling, strong engines, and a large trunk. The Taurus has more power, but the Fusion does not suffer from its larger sibling’s clumsy cornering. Both cars have a confusing infotainment system, but the Taurus has a slightly higher reliability rating. If you need the space, go with the Taurus. Otherwise, opt for the Fusion; it’s more fun to drive and has lower ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Taurus or 2014 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is another affordable large car, but it has a top-notch interior and more composed handling than the Taurus. Both cars suffer from a less-than-stellar infotainment system, but the Taurus has a slightly better reliability score. The Taurus has a little more trunk space, but the Impala has more interior space. It's a close call, but you'll likely want to go with the Chevy.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Taurus or 2014 Chrysler 300?

The 2014 Chrysler 300 has more powerful engines, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and an upscale interior. It has a lower reliability score than the Taurus (three out of five), but it’s not a bad rating compared to all cars on the market. There is more room in the Chrysler’s interior, but the Taurus has more trunk space. These cars are really close in our rankings, so your choice will depend on your priorities. If having a solid reliability rating is a prime concern, go with the Taurus. If not, the Chrysler will be more enjoyable to drive in the long run.

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