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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Ford Taurus ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Large Cars category. Currently the Ford Taurus has a score of 7.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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2018 Ford Taurus Review

The 2018 Ford Taurus finishes near the bottom of our large car rankings. Though it's a comfortable cruiser, most other cars in the class feel more composed around turns and have more room on the inside.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Large trunk
  • User-friendly available SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • Dated cabin styling
  • Cramped interior
  • Ponderous handling
  • Below-average fuel economy

Is the 2018 Ford Taurus a Good Used Car?

The Taurus is a decent used car. Still, there are few reasons to choose the Taurus over its class rivals, most of which are more enjoyable to drive, more modern, and more practical.

Here are the 2018 Taurus' biggest strengths:

  • One of the largest trunks in the class
  • Available SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use
  • Smooth ride, even over rough roads
  • Powerful engine in Taurus SHO models

However, its weaknesses are hard to ignore:

  • Below-average gas mileage for a large sedan
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals
  • Less passenger space than most competitors
  • Low-rent cabin materials and outdated design
  • Standard SYNC infotainment system isn’t intuitive
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Ford Taurus review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 59 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Ford Taurus?

Based on listings for the 2018 Ford Taurus on our site, the average price is $23,100, which is slightly below average for the class. Prices range from $18,800 to $30,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Ford Taurus Cost to Own?

The 2018 Taurus’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $24,575, or $4,915 per year. That’s about average for a large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Taurus?

There's not much reason to opt for the new Taurus over the used one. The 2019 Taurus is basically the same car as the 2018 Taurus, except that the 2019 model doesn't offer a power-adjustable steering wheel. Pricing for the 2019 Taurus starts at $27,800.

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Ford last refreshed the Taurus for the 2013 model year, but most shoppers should stick with a model from 2016 or later. For 2016, Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced the much-maligned MyFord Touch. There were no major changes for 2017, but the turbocharged four-cylinder engine was discontinued for 2018. By getting a 2016 or 2017 Taurus, you could save money and still get a better-equipped vehicle than a newer Taurus.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Ford Taurus?

The 2018 Ford Taurus has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Ford Taurus Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Ford Taurus:

  • In certain models, it may be possible to remove the key without the car being in park

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

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Which Used Ford Taurus Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Ford Taurus comes in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. Every model comes with a V6 engine. If you just need a large sedan for the family, consider the Limited trim, which comes with many high-end features. For the most athletic option, go with the Taurus SHO. It features the most powerful engine in the lineup.

  • Ford Taurus SE: The Taurus SE comes with a 288-horsepower V6, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include Ford’s MyKey, a rearview camera, emergency brake assist, and the SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth and a USB port.
  • Ford Taurus SEL: In addition to the standard features, the Taurus SEL comes with satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rear parking sensors. You may be able to find SEL models with features that were optional at the time of sale, including all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, a moonroof, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system.
  • Ford Taurus Limited: The Taurus Limited comes with more upscale features, including leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system. You may also be able to find the Limited with all-wheel drive.
  • Ford Taurus SHO: The Taurus SHO features a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that puts out nearly 80 more horsepower than the base V6. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels, and a Sport driving mode.

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What Does Ford’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For 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 Ford 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.

According to our research, Ford's CPO program isn't as robust as the programs offered by rivals like Chevrolet and Kia.

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How Safe Is the Taurus?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Taurus the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. The Taurus earned a Poor rating for its headlights and a Basic rating for its front crash prevention technology (both are the lowest scores possible).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Taurus an overall rating of five out of five stars. This Ford earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • emergency brake assist
  • Ford's MyKey (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • rear parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • lane keep assist
  • active park assist
  • forward collision warning with brake assist

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2018 Ford Taurus Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Taurus or 2018 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala has a lower predicted reliability rating than the Taurus, but it's better than the Ford in most other ways. While the Taurus has a large trunk, a user-friendly infotainment system, and a smooth ride, the Impala offers those same attributes and more. The Impala has superior fuel economy, more agile handling, and better driver visibility than the Taurus.

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Taurus or 2018 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse has the upscale feel of a luxury vehicle, and it has a richer interior than the Taurus. It bests the Taurus in most other areas too. The LaCrosse has more engaging handling and better fuel economy than its Ford rival. The better vehicle here is clearly the Buick.

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2018 Taurus Performance

How Does the 2018 Ford Taurus Drive?

Every Taurus features a V6 engine. Most models have a 288-horsepower version that delivers enough power for normal driving situations, but it hardly makes this large sedan feel fast. Taurus SHO models have a 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6. That extra power makes a noticeable difference, as SHO models accelerate much more quickly. Still, even this souped-up Taurus isn't as fast as some rivals' high-performance offerings.

This car feels heavy when cornering, and it isn't that maneuverable in cramped areas. SHO models have sharper handling, but they still don't feel agile or sporty. On the bright side, the Taurus delivers a smooth ride and absorbs road imperfections easily, making it great for cruising.

  • Base engine: 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
  • Available engine: 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (standard in SHO models)
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Ford Taurus Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Taurus gets below-average fuel economy. To get the best numbers, stick with the base engine and front-wheel drive.

  • 288-horsepower V6, FWD: 18/27 mpg city/ highway
  • 288-horsepower V6, AWD: 17/24 mpg
  • 365-horsepower V6, AWD: 16/24 mpg

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2018 Taurus Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Taurus Seat?

The 2018 Taurus seats five people in two rows. This Ford's cabin isn't all that stylish, and most rivals’ are more upscale and more spacious. The front seats have ample room for most people, but the thick roof pillars inhibit visibility and make the interior feel more cramped than it is. The rear seats aren't as big as in other large sedans, and taller passengers will want more head- and legroom.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • six-way power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • heated front seats
  • cooled front seats
  • massaging front seats
  • heated rear seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Ford Taurus?

The 2018 Taurus has two complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The system earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There are no issues with the tether anchors, but the lower anchors are set too deep in the seat.

2018 Ford Taurus Features

The standard SYNC infotainment system isn't that easy to use, and it doesn't feel as modern as rival systems. The available SYNC 3 system is more user-friendly.

  • Standard infotainment features: the SYNC interface, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: the SYNC 3 infotainment system, navigation, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a moonroof

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2018 Ford Taurus Dimensions

Ford Taurus Cargo Space

Few large cars can match the Taurus for cargo space. It has 20.1 cubic feet of trunk room. That’s enough space for plenty of luggage or goods, and the rear seats fold down in case you need to haul larger items.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Ford Taurus Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,917 to 4,327 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Ford Taurus Built?

Ford built the Taurus in Illinois.

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