2019 Ford Taurus

Performance


#8 out of 8 in Large Cars

MSRP
$27,800
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2019 Ford Taurus Performance Review

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Performance: 6.6

The 2019 Ford Taurus certainly won’t be first on race day, but that’s not what it’s aiming for. The base engine gets mixed reviews for power and acceleration, but the twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 should satisfy most shoppers. Although it has a smooth ride, the Taurus’ composure around corners is a point of disagreement among test drivers.

  • "The ride seems pretty smooth. And even though the SHO is a fairly big car, it's never sloppy, keeping pretty good control of itself. Most surfaces don't faze the Taurus, and the big Ford soaks up quite a lot. Cornering is also commendably flat up to a moderate pace." -- Edmunds
  • Big and heavy? Yes. Slow? No. The 2017 Ford Taurus is no slouch with a standard 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. That's a lot of power, and the new Taurus has plenty of stomp to get you up that hill or merged onto the Interstate. It's no sports sedan and it won't slay a BMW 5 Series in the curves but getting up to speed is never a concern." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Out on the road, the Taurus exhibits respectable handling poise for such a large sedan, particularly the SHO with its sport-tuned suspension. But a smooth, quiet ride is the real point of cars like this, and that's where every Taurus delivers." -- Autotrader (2015)

 Acceleration and Power

You have a choice between two V6 engines in the Taurus. The first makes 288 horsepower, while the second, only found in the SHO, is a twin-turbo unit that produces 365 horsepower. The base engine has enough power for daily driving, but it doesn’t stand out in this class. The SHO delivers brisker acceleration.

The Taurus gets up to 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are lower than many rival large cars.

  • The range-topping Taurus SHO is the only standout in the lineup, with a sport-tuned suspension and powerful engine that overcomes the Taurus' otherwise wallowy, sluggish driving experience." -- Edmunds
  • "Unfortunately, the Taurus just didn't live up to the high driving standard set in our Challenge. When accelerating, there was quite a lag before the Limited's 3.5-liter V-6 engine's power really kicked in. It took more nursing than I would like to get smooth acceleration up to speed from a full stop." -- Cars.com (2015)
  • Under the hood, the standard V6 is fine, though once you've tried the SHO model's EcoBoost V6, you might not want to go back." -- Autotrader (2015)

 Handling and Braking

This Ford has a smooth, comfortable ride, but it’s less sporty than some classmates. Some reviewers think it remains composed around turns while others say it suffers from heavy body roll. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available.

  • "The ride is very comfortable, even in the high-octane SHO version, which features larger wheels and a sport-tuned suspension." -- Edmunds
  • High tech allies such as Ford's Torque Vectoring and Curve Control help keep the Taurus bulk in check. By using very slight brake force applied at specific wheels, these systems help the Taurus round curves with assuredness." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The Taurus suffered a lot of lean in corners, which I noticed both as a driver and as a backseat passenger. In the back, I was thrown around on a twist and then a turn while the driver got up to speed approaching a highway on-ramp. From the center rear seating position, I had to grab the handles on either side of the car to catch myself and stay upright. This lack of support isn't just in the rear seat, but can also be sensed by the driver as a feeling of apprehension when cornering, plus an innate desire to brake midway through a corner just to gain a sense of sure footing. The brakes were a bit touchy, which I felt equally as a passenger." -- Cars.com (2014)
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2019 Ford Taurus

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