The Ford Taurus Limited offers nice straight-line performance, but torque steer is readily apparent. Clearly it's a good thing that the more-powerful Taurus SHO is all-wheel drive. The base Taurus is no slouch when the road turns twisty, though, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm not saying it's a sport sedan, but it can still put a smile on your face.
I disagree with Evan in one regard: when I sat in the driver's seat, I thought the Taurus felt every bit as big as it is-and bigger than its rivals. This is off-putting both in sedate and spirited driving. On the plus side, however, there's a ton of room in the back seats, and they're heated, too.
- Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
This particular Ford Taurus has all the bells and whistles -- automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, etc. -- but all those goodies also mean that it is quite expensive, coming in at just under $40,000. Remember, this is a nameplate that, just a few years ago, Ford was willing to relegate to the trash heap, having replaced it with the Five Hundred. It may take awhile before the car-buying public is willing to part with 40k for what was until recently a rather mundane family sedan. (You can still get an entry-level Taurus for about $25,000, however.)
Having said all that, the Taurus is now a pretty decent car. The 263-hp V-6 isn't the most refined engine on the market, but its power, delivered through a six-speed automatic, is certainly enough to hustle this rather large sedan along. There are a lot of nice touches on the interior, such as the ambient lighting, heated front and rear seats, and the uplevel sound system. Still, I can't help but compare it with the Toyota Camry XLE we had in the fleet at the same time, which had many similar amenities and came in at about $3000 cheaper.
- Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor