2019 Ford Taurus

Interior


#8 out of 8 in Large Cars

MSRP
$27,800
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2019 Ford Taurus Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.6

The Taurus has a handsome interior, but it feels dated compared to competitors. Thick roof pillars make the cabin feel cramped, and the back seats are more suitable for kids than adults, which is surprising considering the car's size. However, the trunk is huge, and the available SYNC 3 system is intuitive.

  • "Fit and finish on the SHO is good, both inside and out. Plastic covers all click nicely into place, and there are no squeaks or rattles even over broken road surfaces." -- 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 (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 Taurus seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Six-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery; heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats; heated rear seats; and a heated steering wheel are optional. A power-adjustable steering wheel is no longer available.

This Ford isn’t as roomy as other large sedans. Although its front seats are comfortable, the Taurus comes up short on head- and legroom in the rear seats, which is surprising given this vehicle's size.  

For installing child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats. The tether connections are easy to use, though the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

  • "The cabin feels unusually tight for such a large vehicle, especially in the back seat. The tall rear bench and short roof reduce headroom, and there's not much legroom either. Even in its lowest position, the driver sits unusually high and looks down at the dashboard or out the window. Ford's decision to remove features – the power-adjustable steering wheel and power rear sunshade have been nixed for 2019 – is perplexing as the car ages and naturally loses ground to newer large sedan competitors." -- Edmunds
  • 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." -- Kelley Blue Book (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

This Ford comes in four trim levels. The base SE is sparsely equipped, offering only a rearview camera, the Ford MyKey system, and the SYNC smartphone integration interface. On the bright side, the base SYNC system comes with a 4.2-inch display, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, and one USB port. More interior features are available in the Ford Taurus SEL and higher trims.

Options include push-button start, proximity keyless entry, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof. Several safety features are also available. Some of these include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and parallel park assist.

Infotainment upgrades include HD Radio, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Sony premium sound system, a second USB port, navigation, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Upgrading to the SYNC 3 system is certainly worth the money. It’s easy to use, with a responsive touch screen and smartphone connectivity.

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  • "Ford's Sync 3 might well be the saving grace of a dated interior. Impressive connectivity and usability make it flexible enough for most any buyer. " -- 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." -- Cars.com (2014)

 Cargo

The Ford Taurus has 20.1 cubic-feet of space in its trunk. That’s well above average among large sedans. The rear seats fold down to make room for hauling larger items.

  • "With 20.1 cubic feet of trunk volume, the Taurus easily leads competitors, such as the Chevrolet Impala (18.8 cubic feet) and Dodge Charger (16.5 cubic feet), in cargo capacity. The 60/40-split folding rear seats help make up for the way the trunk narrows around the rear suspension." -- 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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