Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Ford Taurus

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During Cars.com's $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge, Ford's largest sedan couldn't quite keep up with competitive entries from Chrysler, Chevrolet and Hyundai thanks to weak power and oafish handling, says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Two big Taurus plusses — literally — are a wide backseat that easily accommodates three child safety seats and a downright gigantic trunk.

2014 Ford Taurus Review

By Jennifer Geiger | September 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 420,000 Ford Sedans, SUVs

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Ford is recalling more than 420,000 model-year 2013 sedans and SUVs to check for fuel-tank leaks that could result in a fire; affected models include the 2013 Ford Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans and SUVs, as well as the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKS and MKT. In addition, Ford also announced two more separate recalls to address problems with engine-block heater cords in 500 model-year 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedans and steering gears in a small number of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans.

In the largest of the recalls, as of March 31, Ford had received 600 consumer complaints pertaining to potential leaks in the vehicles' fuel-delivery module, which could result in a fire. Ford said there had been no reports of fires or injuries as a result of the leaks.

"The condition could result in customers detecting an odor of fuel, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground," said Kelli Felker, Ford safety communications manager, in a statement. "While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition."

By Matt Schmitz | June 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 3,037 Ford and Lincoln Sedans and SUVs

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Ford is recalling 3,037 model-year 2012 Taurus and 2012 Lincoln MKS sedans and 2013 Ford Explorer SUVs due to leaky fuel tanks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between July 19, 2011, and March 15, 2012, and their fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed side seam, which may not be strong enough in an impact. This could cause the tanks to leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Ford will begin notifying owners on April 22, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them as necessary for free. Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236; for more info, go to www.safercar.gov.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2010 Ford Taurus

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Ford keeps saying that the new Taurus is the most important new vehicle it’s launching this year. We’d argue the Fusion is probably the real meat and potatoes of the sedan market these days. Still, the full-size Taurus has been completely redesigned and Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder takes a crack at it. While he says its looks and performance are two steps forward, the loss of interior room is one step back.

2010 Ford Taurus Review

By David Thomas | July 17, 2009 | Comments (13)

2010 Ford Taurus SHO Up Close

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Ford’s new Taurus SHO is a sleeper. Given its 365-hp, twin-turbo V-6, though, it’s probably not a snoozer. The Taurus SHO makes do with just a few added interior and exterior badges, larger wheels and a rear spoiler. That’s what Ford wants it to be; all its allure originates under the hood.

By Kelsey Mays | February 11, 2009 | Comments (17)

2010 Ford Taurus SHO at 2009 Chicago Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Acura TL, Dodge Charger, Pontiac G8
  • Looks like: Ford is mining the past for marketing potential
  • Drivetrain: 365-hp, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 with six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Summer 2009

Last month in Detroit, Ford took the wraps off both the redesigned 2010 Taurus sedan and the automaker’s new twin-turbo V-6, dubbed EcoBoost. Today, the two meet in a high-performance model called the Taurus SHO. Super-High Output Taurus models originated way back in 1989 and had a 10-year run of brisk sales, generating a cult following in the enthusiast community. For some reason, Ford decided that just giving an EcoBoost engine to a Taurus — like it has with the Lincoln MKT, MKS and Ford Flex — wasn’t enough. It needed the SHO name, too.

Included with this high-output trim are some obvious performance parts, like the 365-hp twin-turbo engine, all-wheel drive and a sport-tuned suspension. That’s right in line with the competition, like the V-8-powered Dodge Charger R/T or Pontiac G8 GT, at 368 hp and 361 hp, respectively. However, with a starting price of $37,995, including destination, the SHO is priced against beefier versions of both cars: the Charger SRT8 and the G8 GXP, which have 425 hp and 415 hp, respectively.

Ford must be hoping the Taurus SHO’s standard all-wheel drive and better gas mileage will help shoppers stomach its price. However, Ford says the EcoBoost engine in the Lincoln MKS is expected to get 16/25 mpg city/highway, and that’s just one or two mpg above the Charger R/T and G8 GT.  

Standard features like keyless entry and ignition, MyKey, ambient lighting and Sync all help with the value argument. MyKey may be the biggest benefit, as it means a teenager can borrow dad’s car without being able to test its upper limits.

We like performance-oriented sedans as much as the next gearhead, but with the price and performance tradeoffs, we’re not sure how the SHO will fare in an automotive climate that’s not too friendly to large, performance-oriented sedans.

More photos below.

By David Thomas | February 10, 2009 | Comments (13)

Up Close: Ford's Self-Parking System

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Have an aversion to parallel parking? Your ship has arrived: No longer the domain of just Lexus and Toyota, a self-parking system will debut for the 2010 model year on the Lincoln MKS sedan and MKT crossover and will probably spread throughout Ford’s lineup thereafter. On the Cobo Center’s rooftop parking lot at this week’s Detroit auto show, Ford let us put its Active Park Assist through its paces.

By Kelsey Mays | January 15, 2009 | Comments (8)

2010 Ford Taurus Video

Undoubtedly one of the most important cars to debut at the Detroit auto show this year was Ford’s all-new Taurus sedan. Cars.com’s Mike Hanley checks it out on the floor, and Ford even provided driving footage. Mike walks us through the interior’s upscale touches.
By David Thomas | January 12, 2009 | Comments (3)

Up Close: 2010 Ford Taurus

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Even with a large three-bar chrome grille, the previous Taurus was a bland-looking full-size sedan, even by full-size-sedan standards. It's still no stunner, but the 2010 Taurus has an elegance that the previous model lacked — especially on the inside, which features premium materials on uplevel versions.

By Mike Hanley | January 11, 2009 | Comments (13)

Ford Reveals EcoBoost; Bests Segment in Mileage, Power

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Ford will show the 2010 Taurus for the first time this morning, but it has already dropped the veil on one of the most anticipated engines in years. Seriously. The new 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6, called EcoBoost, will be used in cars, crossovers and, in the future, even trucks. Power numbers for the first application of the engine, in the Ford Flex, are 355 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

Mileage is estimated at 19/24 mpg city/highway. That’s pretty amazing when you consider that that surpasses every standard V-6 in the segment — see chart below — in terms of fuel efficiency, adding nearly 80 hp. Wow. Not only that, the EcoBoost only comes in Flexes equipped with all-wheel drive. We still have to confirm that these mileage numbers are for an all-wheel drive Flex, which would make the mileage numbers simply astounding. And yes, it uses regular gas. Not premium.

The Ecoboost V-6 will be available in the 2010 Ford Flex first, going on sale mid-year, followed by the 2010 Lincoln MKT crossover to be revealed tomorrow.  The Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS will also receive the engine.

By David Thomas | January 11, 2009 | Comments (2)

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