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Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Ford Taurus Review

In the competitive large car class, the 2015 Ford Taurus' cramped rear seats, uninspired handling, and distracting infotainment system keep it from ranking higher against competitors that have better performance, more cabin space, and higher-quality interiors.

Pros & Cons


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



  • Cumbersome infotainment system
  • Cramped back seat


2015 Ford Taurus Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Taurus a Good Used Car?

Despite its somewhat low ranking in the large car class, the 2015 Taurus is a good car. It has a good range of engines to choose from, a comfortable ride, and many features. The Taurus also has a very high safety score, as well as an above-average predicted reliability rating.

Used 2015 Ford Taurus Performance and Interior

The 2015 Taurus is available with three engines – two V6s and a four-cylinder. Each engine is paired with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The base V6 feels refined and has plenty of power. With the base engine, the Taurus gets up to 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is decent for a large sedan. The turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder gets even better gas mileage, and it still has plenty of pep. Performance-oriented SHO models have a potent turbocharged V6 that feels like a V8. The Taurus is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The sedan's ride is comfortable and its handling is fairly composed, though it can feel sloppy around fast turns. All-wheel-drive models have better grip to stay more planted around corners.

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For the most part, the Taurus' cabin feels upscale. There are some hard plastics, but they are high quality and have a nice appearance. The driver and front passenger will be comfortable thanks to the roomy seats and standard power adjustments. Luxury features like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, and massaging seats are available. Rear-seat occupants might feel a bit cramped, on the other hand.

The base Taurus SE comes similarly equipped to other full-size sedans, with features like Ford SYNC voice control, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. Many more features are available, such as a 12-speaker Sony premium audio system, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite ratio, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Unfortunately, most of the Taurus' controls (like those for climate and audio settings) are absorbed into the available infotainment system, which responds slowly to inputs and has cumbersome menus. The Taurus has one of the largest trunks in the class, with 20.1 cubic feet of cargo room.

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Used 2015 Ford Taurus Prices

Prices for a used 2015 Taurus range from around $16,000 for a base SE model up to about $26,000 for the range-topping Taurus SHO. Total cost is dependent upon vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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We compiled and analyzed the findings of 49 professional reviews to give you a general idea of the 2015 Taurus' strengths and weaknesses. We also added information on fuel economy, reliability, and safety to help you decide if it's the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Taurus?

The Taurus has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. A score of three is considered average among all vehicles.

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How Safe Is the Taurus?

Few competitors can match the Taurus' safety score. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Taurus a perfect five-star overall rating, with five stars in two categories and four stars in one. The Taurus earned the highest rating of Good in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test performed. Every Taurus comes equipped with a rearview camera, and some may have a full suite of safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and active park assist.

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Should I Consider Another Used Taurus?

The 2015 Taurus is mostly unchanged from previous model years. However, 2014 and older models may not have Bluetooth or USB ports, since those features were optional in previous years. Prior to 2013, the Taurus had a different base powertrain and lacked the available EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. You can likely find a 2013 or 2014 model that has the features you want for a lower price than the 2015 Taurus.

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Which Used Ford Taurus Is Right for Me?

While the base SE model has a reasonable list of standard features, most buyers should step up to the Taurus SEL, which adds dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and rear parking sensors. Limited models come with a few more features, like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, keyless start, and power-adjustable pedals. The performance-oriented SHO model has a more powerful V6 engine, sport seats, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and a few driver assistance features.

Some Taurus models at Ford dealerships may be covered by the brand’s certified pre-owned program. 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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2015 Ford Taurus and Other Cars to Consider

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

Consider skipping over the Taurus and buy the Chevrolet Impala instead. The Impala's base engine isn't quite as peppy as the V6 powering the Taurus, but the Impala is a better car in nearly every other way. The Chevy Impala has confident handling, a smooth ride, and great fuel economy from its standard four-cylinder engine (a V6 is available). Inside, the Impala has generous space for occupants in the front and back, and there are some unique features you can't get in the Ford, like a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. The Impala's infotainment system is more user-friendly than MyFord Touch, too.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Taurus or 2015 Chrysler 300?

You'll have to weigh what matters most to you when choosing between the Taurus and the Chrysler 300. The 300 has better performance than the Taurus, with beefy engines and poised handling. The 300's cabin is luxurious, roomy, and filled with features, including a very intuitive infotainment system. However, the 300 has lower safety and reliability ratings than the Taurus.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Taurus or 2015 Ford Fusion?

As long as the Taurus fits in your budget, you'll be better off sticking with it than choosing Ford's midsize sedan, the Fusion. There's a lot to like about the Fusion, including its powerful turbocharged engines, nimble handling, and roomy interior. However, it falls short of the larger Taurus in safety and reliability.

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