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2017 Ford Taurus Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford Taurus was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

Though the outside of a 2017 Ford Taurus appears expansive, the interior is anything but. Thick roof pillars encroach on window space, cutting into visibility and adding to the cabin's cramped feel. The bright spot is in the trunk, where you'll find more room than most to haul groceries and gear. Reviewers profusely praise the available SYNC 3 infotainment system, though many call out the Taurus for feeling outdated and having too much hard plastic in the cabin.

  • "The 2017 Ford Taurus' interior features an attractive dual-cowl design that flows seamlessly down into the center stack and console below. The materials quality feels dated compared to that of newer competitors, but the available Sync 3 system offsets that impression by virtue of its large 8-inch central touchscreen and the pair of smaller displays in the instrument cluster. The Sync 3 system is easy to use and incorporates the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration systems." -- Edmunds
  • The Taurus offers full-size comfort and performance in an attractive, quiet and soft-riding package. However, we didn't care for the Taurus' thick front windshield pillars and wide B-pillar by the driver's head. Both contribute to a cocoon-like, claustrophobic feeling inside the car." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • In general, the 2015 Taurus is a remarkably comfortable vehicle, especially when loaded with extras such as heated and cooled leather seats. Unfortunately, the gigantic, albeit stylish, center console cuts into long-distance driving comfort by curtailing knee room and making front passengers feel like they're sitting in a spaceship." -- Autotrader (2015)

Seating

The 2017 Ford Taurus seats five and comes with six-way power-adjustable front seats and folding rear seats with a 60/40 split. Available options include 10-way power-adjustable front seats; leather upholstery; a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; a heated steering wheel; heated, cooled, and massaging front seats; heated rear seats; and a power rear windshield sunshade.

The Taurus' interior has a few noteworthy faults, with the most egregious being its limited seating space. Even though it's in the large car category, reviewers say the Taurus is more cramped than many of its rivals, particularly in the back seat. The rear seats offer enough room to hold two adults or three kids, though taller travelers may feel cramped. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the back seat. The three upper tether anchors and two lower anchors are fairly easy to use.

  • Although attractive, the interior of the 2017 Ford Taurus sedan feels a bit dated and it isn't as roomy as you might expect. While equipped with five seatbelts, the Taurus is definitely more suitable for four adults over long distances, and the sedan's thick pillars and high beltline can make the interior feel smaller than it really is. Front-seat comfort is high, however, with optional massage to ease back fatigue on long drives, and those seats can be heated and cooled as well." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Both front and rear seats are spacious, with adult-sized head- and leg-room even in the backseat. That said, the combination of a prominent dash, thick roof pillars and relatively small windows conspires to limit visibility and make the interior feel more cramped than it really is." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seats are surprisingly tight by large-sedan standards, and headroom may be cramped for taller passengers due to the oddly elevated rear seating position." -- Autotrader (2015)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the 2017 Taurus is called SYNC, and it's reasonably easy to use. SYNC comes with a small display that's surrounded by buttons. It includes a USB port, Bluetooth, and limited smartphone app integration (featuring apps like Pandora). Also available is SYNC 3, which gets lots of praise from reviewers for its crisp 8-inch touch screen and straightforward layout. Extras added on with SYNC 3 include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free, though shoppers should know that the larger screen size takes over where the previous buttons in the basic SYNC system are. Also available in the 2017 Taurus is satellite radio, HD Radio, and a 12-speaker Sony audio system. 

Additional standard features of the 2017 Taurus include a rearview camera, Ford MyKey (a program that lets you add restrictions on the car for inexperienced drivers), six speakers, and emergency brake assist. Available features include navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, ambient lighting, a power moonroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and active park assist.

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  • High-tech features abound on models equipped with the Sync 3 infotainment system, highlighted by a sleek center stack with a crisp 8-inch touchscreen and a pair of equally vivid 4.2-inch displays in the gauge cluster. These elements help give the Taurus a more upscale demeanor, though the interior plastics aren't fully up to snuff relative to some other sedans in this segment." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Keeping track of what your kids are doing these days is growing increasingly difficult, which is why Ford's MyKey programmable fob is such a great idea. With MyKey, parents can limit vehicle top speed, audio volume and other functions with a vehicle specific key." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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. I loved having three cupholders in the center area between the driver and passenger, as I regularly have both a latte and a bottle of water during my morning run; having that third cupholder meant my husband could also store his coffee. However, the cupholders have hinged lids that have to be flipped open to use the cupholders. This created a cluttered look, with sharp, squared-off corners and edges sticking up this way and that. I'd much rather have cupholders that are always open for easy access - and that are trimmed out more elegantly, like those in the Toyota Avalon." -- Cars.com (2014)

Cargo

When it comes to trunk space, the 2017 Ford Taurus leads the large car class. It has a 20.1-cubic-foot trunk, which can be expanded further by folding down the rear seats (these come standard with a 60/40 split). 

  • "Out back, the Taurus sports a huge trunk with a very practical 20.1 cubic feet of room. The 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks allow you to expand that spacious cargo hold if the need should arise." -- 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. This feels massive compared with the Chrysler 300's 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space." -- Cars.com (2014)

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