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2018 Ford Taurus Interior Review

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Interior: 7.5

The 2018 Ford Taurus has a handsome interior, but it looks older than many competitors, and the materials quality is a step below as well. The thick roof pillars make the cabin feel cramped, and though the seats are comfortable, they aren’t expansive. On the bright side, the available SYNC 3 infotainment system is user-friendly and the trunk is ginormous.

  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • 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 Ford Taurus seats five and comes with six-way power-adjustable front seats. Available features include 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated, cooled, and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and a power rear windshield sunshade.

Though it’s a large sedan, the Taurus doesn’t have as much interior space as many rivals. Even those who think the seats are roomy enough say that the car’s thick roof pillars and so-so outward visibility make the interior feel small. Taller passengers will wish for more head- and legroom.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The tether anchors are easy to identify and use. The lower anchors are also easy to use, though they’re a little hard to get to because they’re set deep in the seat.

  • 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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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

Standard features in the Taurus include Bluetooth, two USB ports, Ford’s MyKey, a rearview camera, emergency brake assist, and the SYNC infotainment system.

Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a moonroof, navigation, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, 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, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free.

Ford’s MyKey lets you set speed and audio volume limits for other drivers of the car, but the standard SYNC infotainment system looks low-rent and isn’t user-friendly. The optional SYNC 3 system is easier to use and has an intuitive interface.

  • The standard 4.2-inch central display is basic and cheap-looking. It's worth it to upgrade to the 8-inch touchscreen and its Sync 3 operating system. Sync 3 is intuitive, easy to use and includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality. It's a huge improvement over the previous MyFord Touch interface." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • 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)

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Cargo

Cargo space is one area where the Taurus surpasses most of the competition. 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.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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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