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2016 Ford Taurus Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Ford Taurus was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The 2016 Ford Taurus has a well-designed interior, according to some auto journalists, but others find the materials quality lacking and dislike the prevalence of hard plastics. They add that the front seats are spacious and the cabin is quiet, but many remark that rear-seat space is underwhelming given the car's size. Critics praise the available SYNC 3 infotainment system for its responsiveness and user-friendly interface. The Taurus has the largest trunk in the class.

  • "The 2016 Ford Taurus' cabin is gracefully designed, featuring a twin-cowl dash and a sweeping center stack that joins with the center console." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the dashboard features an attractive dual-cowl design rendered in high-quality plastics." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The Taurus' functionality and backseat are overshadowed, however, by the antiquated and messy aesthetics of the front of the cabin. An abundance of black plastic surfaces gives this brand-new vehicle the look of a gently used rental car." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "The 2014 Ford Taurus is a big, heavy, full-size sedan that offers plenty of interior and cargo space." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Seating

The Taurus seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and power-adjustable pedals are available.

Test drivers say that the front seats offer substantial room, and they note that the rear seats are slightly elevated to improve passengers' views. However, some express disappointment that the rear seats offer less room than they expected based on the vehicle's size. Critics say the cabin is quiet, but some think that thick roof pillars and a high dashboard limit outward visibility and make the interior feel further cramped.

  • "The 2016 Taurus offers roomy rear quarters with an elevated bottom cushion that gives passengers a better view out. Seating in the Taurus is spacious, with plenty of room for adults in both rows, but it may not seem that way at first. Thick roof pillars, a high beltline and a tall dashboard all contribute to reduced outward visibility and a somewhat confined feeling." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Ford Taurus interior isn't as roomy as you might expect when you see its full-size-sedan exterior bulk. While equipped with five seatbelts, the Taurus is definitely more suitable for four adults over long distances.” -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Ford recently spent a great deal of time reducing noise levels with the use of extra insulation and baffles, so occupants can be assured of a quiet ride." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Overall, the car's biggest sore spot is the rear seat. It's not as roomy or comfortable as the car's large exterior dimensions would suggest." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Taurus include a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera and the voice-activated Sync system with a USB port, Bluetooth and smartphone app integration. Ford's MyKey, which allows you to set speed and radio volume limits when loaning the vehicle to others, is also standard. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, forward collision warning with brake support and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, enhanced voice recognition, navigation and Siri Eyes Free.

According to reviewers, the available SYNC 3 system has a reactive touch screen and a simple layout. They add that it responds to smartphone-style pinch and swipe gestures, further improving its usability.

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  • "Speaking of Sync 3, it's designed to address one of the biggest complaints about previous Taurus models, namely, the problematic MyFord Touch infotainment system. Our early impressions of Sync 3 have been generally positive, thanks to the greatly simplified layout and quicker response times. … You can also use pinch-and-swipe gestures like you would on a smartphone or tablet." -- Edmunds
  • "I do like Ford's active cruise control, and would like it even more if it worked below 20 mph." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Brightly lit gauges are easy to read. Most controls are handy and self evident." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Taurus has a best-in-class 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space. Automotive writers report that the trunk's deepness makes it possible to store an incredible amount of cargo, and they appreciate the wide opening, which they say makes loading items easy.

  • "Cargo capacity is very generous, though, with a massive 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space." -- Edmunds
  • "The 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space in the Taurus was the most voluminous in our Challenge thanks to the Taurus' recessed floor. It allowed a shocking 10 golf bags to be piled in. Hockey sticks, backpacks, sleeping bags and Costco runs can all be swallowed without so much as a burp from the Taurus." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "The trunk is wide and deep, with an opening large enough to accommodate fairly substantial cargo." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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