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2015 Ford Taurus Review

The 2015 Ford Taurus has a spacious cargo area and high safety scores, but it finishes near the bottom of our large car rankings because it’s outdated and outclassed by its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Large trunk
  • Above-average safety scores
  • Fuel-efficient available EcoBoost four-cylinder engine


  • Cumbersome available infotainment system
  • Small back seat for a large car




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Ford Taurus Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Taurus a Good Used Car?

Despite its poor ranking, the 2015 Ford Taurus is a decent large car. It has one of the biggest trunks in the class, and its available 2.0-liter engine is very fuel-efficient. It also comes with a solid list of features and offers a composed ride. However, its rear-seat space isn't up to snuff for a large sedan.

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How Much Is the 2015 Ford Taurus?

Based on about 120 listings for the 2015 Ford Taurus on our site, the average price is $18,000, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $12,000 to $26,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford Taurus Cost to Own?

The Taurus' five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $23,870, or $4,774 per year. That's below average for a large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Taurus?

The new 2019 Ford Taurus (starting at $27,800) isn't worth the higher premium you’ll pay for it compared to the average price of a similar 2015 Taurus. The new Taurus actually has less options than the 2015 model. Neither the turbocharged four-cylinder engine nor the power-adjustable steering wheel is available for 2019. The new Taurus does benefit from an easier-to-use available infotainment system, but that was introduced for 2016 so you can find it in an older model for less money.

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You likely won't find a new 2019 large car close to the average list price of a 2015 Taurus. However, there are a few new 2019 midsize cars within its price range. These include the 2019 Mazda6 (starting at $23,800) and the 2019 Hyundai Sonata ($22,500). Like the Taurus, both of these cars have large trunks, but these sedans outshine the Ford in key areas. The Mazda6 boasts better handling and a more modern and upscale cabin, while the Sonata has more intuitive tech features.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Taurus Is Best?

The 2015 Taurus is part of a generation that launched for the 2010 model year. The 2013 Taurus was the first in this generation to see major changes. Ford updated its interior and exterior styling, introduced an available four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, increased the horsepower and improved the fuel economy figures in the base engine, and updated the available MyFord Touch infotainment system. There were no major changes to the 2014 Taurus.

Ford added a standard USB port and Bluetooth to the 2015 Taurus, and the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced the MyFord Touch system for the 2016 model year. There were no major changes to the 2017 Taurus. For 2018, Ford discontinued the turbocharged four-cylinder engine option. Your best bet is a 2016 Taurus. It includes most of the updates for this generation, including the easier-to-use infotainment system.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Taurus?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Ford Taurus a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Ford Taurus Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 Ford Taurus. The first recall deals with a possible fuel pump malfunction that may cause the engine to stall. The second involves fuel tank mounting bolts that may be loose. The third concerns the parking brake, which may not fully engage and could potentially result in the vehicle rolling away.

Before buying any vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford Taurus Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Ford Taurus comes in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. The base SE trim comes with a decent amount of features, but the SEL trim is worth the additional cost. It includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, and rear parking sensors.

With features like heated and ventilated front seats and leather-trimmed upholstery, the Limited trim is a better option if you're looking for more refinement. The performance-oriented SHO trim includes a potent turbocharged V6 engine and a sport-tuned suspension.

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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. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Taurus?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Taurus the top rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Taurus an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

A rearview camera is standard in every 2015 Taurus. Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and active park assist.

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2015 Ford Taurus Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Taurus or 2015 Chevy Impala?

The 2015 Chevy Impala is a slightly better large car than the Taurus. The Impala’s V6 isn’t as powerful as the Taurus’ strongest engine, but the Chevy’s handling strikes a better balance between comfort and sportiness than the Ford’s. The Chevy also has more spacious seating in both rows and an easier-to-use infotainment system. The Impala has a slightly higher average list price than the Taurus, but it's worth the extra money.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Taurus or 2015 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is one of the best large cars you can buy and a far better choice than the Taurus. It’s more practical than the Ford thanks to a comfortable, spacious cabin and excellent reliability and safety ratings. It also comes with more standard features such as dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display. Its base V6 engine is powerful, and it delivers a supple ride. The LaCrosse’s only real downfalls are its weak available four-cylinder engine and limited trunk space.

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2015 Taurus Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford Taurus Drive?

The Taurus delivers a comfortable ride, but it’s not as sporty as many rivals. This Ford comes standard with a 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that has plenty of power. Opt for the available 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine for improved fuel efficiency or the 365-horsepower turbocharged V6 for more thrills.

All engines are mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Ford Taurus Get Good Gas Mileage?

Models with the base V6 engine get 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is average for the class. The SHO trim’s turbocharged V6 gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Models with the available turbo-four engine return the best fuel economy with 22/32 mpg city/highway.

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2015 Taurus Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Taurus Seat?

The Taurus seats up to five people in two rows. It comes standard with cloth upholstery and six-way power-adjustable front seats, and lots of comfort-oriented features are available. These include leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, multicontour massaging front seats, and a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The front seats are roomy, but the back row is a bit tight for the class.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford Taurus?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, while the rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow from the lower anchors when they are not in use. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The IIHS noted that the lower anchors may be set too deep in the seats.

2015 Ford Taurus Features

The Taurus comes standard with Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. Available features include the MyFord Touch infotainment system with satellite radio, navigation, a 12-speaker premium audio system, and an 8-inch touch screen.

The available infotainment system is frustrating to use because it takes a while for it to respond to user inputs.

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2015 Ford Taurus Dimensions

Ford Taurus Cargo Space

With 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2015 Ford Taurus has one of the most spacious trunks in the large car class. The trunk features a low floor and a wide opening that make loading cargo easier.

2015 Taurus Length and Weight

The 2015 Taurus is about 16.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,050 to 4,500 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ford Taurus Built?

Ford built the 2015 Taurus in Chicago.

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