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2012 Ford Taurus

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2012 Ford Taurus Review

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During its long history, the Ford Taurus has experienced both boom years and bust. The original car took the industry by storm and revolutionized the American car industry. But, over time Ford allowed its modern family sedan to grow old and rather long in the tooth. Eventually, the Taurus moved from innovator to rental fleet regular. In 2010, Ford revived the Taurus brand and launched a vehicle that, while not revolutionary, was at least worthy of once again leaving the bench for the playing field. Big, bold, and with a hint of Chrysler 300 in the shoulders the 2012 Taurus takes Ford where its family sedan line has never been before. Menacing in its tamest form and downright scary when wearing the famed SHO badge, the 2012 Ford Taurus equally plays the role of family sedan and boulevard bully. And, while many place the Taurus in the same category as the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, its size, power and available equipment make it more a contender to the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Genesis sedans.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like your vehicles on the large side but you're not into wagon-like CUVs or SUVs, the 2012 Ford Taurus will fit you like a glove. The car's bold looks, high-tech interior and impressive performance are just icing on the cake.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The big, slab sides and narrow windows of the Taurus can create a slightly claustrophobic interior experience. Those looking for an all-out performance sedan may find the SHO's AWD and twin-turbocharged V6 engine combination not as pure as the rear-drive V8-power setup found with the Dodge Charger.

What's New for 2012

Integrated blind-spot mirrors are added to the side mirrors on all trims.

Driving the Taurus

Driving Impressions The 2012 Ford Taurus marries the comfortable ride expected of a full-size sedan with the handling and agility commonly found in smaller, more nimble cars. The 2012 Taurus moves...

through curves with little fuss or worry, going where you point it and giving plenty of notice when its front-driven tires are about the reach their cornering limits. We found the sightlines from the driver's seat better than expected and, with the exception of the rather wide B-pillar located just over the driver's shoulder, had good 360-degree visibility. The new blind-spot exterior mirrors are a vast help, as is the BLIS system that warns of objects too close to the vehicle's side when changing lanes. Ford's 3.5-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission are the perfect pairing, allowing for spirited starts, rapid downshifts and impressive fuel economy at cruising speeds. For those who constantly feel the need for speed, the SHO's twin-turbocharged engine and sport-tuned suspension take the Taurus' performance capabilities to another level. Together with its AWD system, the SHO's performance carving up twisting back roads is nothing short of astounding.

Miko Suede
In a nod to both fashion and the environment, the 2012 Ford Taurus SHO features suede-like seat inserts made from recycled plastic beverage bottles. Novel origin aside, the seats feel nice, look good and offer excellent grip, helping to hold occupants in place during hard cornering.

Ford's MyKey
This system can be used to restrict vehicle speed, limit audio system volume and control other functions when a specific key is used to start the vehicle. In effect, MyKey lets parents better control the driving habits of their children, even when they aren't along for the ride.

2012 Ford Taurus Details
2012 Ford Taurus photo Interior

If it's space you want, you'll find the 2012 Ford Taurus delivers. The massive interior can easily carry five passengers, although we think four would be more comfortable. Up front, available massaging seats help negate leg and back fatigue on long drives and can also be climate controlled to provide both heating and cooling. The Taurus' instruments are bathed in a soothing ice blue lighting and the center stack houses a large LCD display for the available SYNC audio and navigation system. Most of the controls can be operated via buttons on the Taurus' steering wheel or by voice-command. In a nod to Ford's environmentally friendly stance, recycled materials are used extensively in the seating fabric, headliner and sound-deadening material. Further separating itself from the pedestrian family sedan, the 2012 Taurus offers such upscale options as automatic high-beam dimmers, Adaptive Cruise Control, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), and a power sunshade for the rear window.

Exterior
2012 Ford Taurus photo

Compared to most sedans, the Taurus is far from being in the norm. It's a tall sedan, with wide doors, and low roof, and a steeply raked windshield and rear window. The 2012 Ford Taurus is endowed with an unmistakable face composed of thin wraparound headlights, a chrome-clad 3-bar grille and a raised power dome hood. From the front, a sweeping beltline gently rises back to the high trunk and is paralleled by a deep accent line momentarily broken by the rear fender flare. The Taurus' large rear deck creates a vast 20-cubic-foot trunk capable of carrying a week's worth of luggage or two golf bags, and the low liftover makes it easy to get things in and out. The SHO models are narrowly distinguished from the bread-and-butter cars through different trim, a set of dual exhaust outlets, a subtle rear spoiler and a few SHO badges.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Included on the 2012 Ford Taurus' list of standard equipment are a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power driver's seat, steering-wheel audio and cruise controls, power windows with one-touch up-and-down function for the driver and Ford's programmable MyKey system. The standard audio system is a 6-speaker CD player with an auxiliary audio input jack. Standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags protecting both the front and rear passengers.

Optional Equipment

Many of the high-tech features offered for the 2012 Ford Taurus are typically reserved for more expensive luxury cars. Among the more interesting options are seats with massage function, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers and adaptive cruise control with collision warning. Other options include heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, Intelligent Access with push-button start, power rear sunshade, power adjustable pedals, the SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system (standard on Limited and SHO), and a 12-speaker premium Sony audio system. On the safety front, the optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) alerts the driver when other vehicles are in his blind spots, while Cross-Traffic Alert warns of approaching traffic when the vehicle is backing up.

Under the Hood

All 2012 Ford Taurus trims feature a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Taurus SHO offers 102 more horsepower than the standard Taurus V6, thanks to the use of direct-injection technology and twin turbochargers. With the exception of the SE trim, all Taurus models also feature steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, providing manual control of the transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available as an option on both SEL and Limited trims and standard on the Taurus SHO.

3.5-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
249 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 FWD, 17/26 AWD

3.5-liter V6 Twin-Turbocharged
365 horsepower @ 5,550 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,250 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 17/25



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2012 Ford Taurus Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 237 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Very good reliable vehicle

By on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've driven this vehicle problem free for 110,000 miles and am confident it has nearly the same amount of use in it left."

Awesome Vehicle

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun To Drive, Driver Assist Package, Sound System"

Cons: "Leather wearing fairly fast, 25 MPG could be bette"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this vehicle for about a month a bought it new from the dealer. Design on the taurus has came a LONG way sleek and sexy design great interior and exterior the new design is just a pure 10!!! I love the car the the ride is smooth and very powerful V6 with about 288 HP not to shabby. Has ambient lighting that you can control and the whole car is so hightech and use friendly. I have the driver assist package I love it awesome feature. Actually saved me from an accident in a bad storm when a car infront of me lost control I wasnt paying attention playing witht the radio the car sensed it and slowed me down automatically pretty insane technology. Also the sony sound system sounds awesome. Best MPG i've gotten is 25 MPG if I could do over 30 I'd be stoked."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

LIMITED VISIBILITY

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "large trunk, sync option works great"

Cons: "poor visibility"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car has some fairly nice features and is quite large. The trunk is huge! But the visibility is poor which makes it stressful to drive. Has a nice ride and gas mileage is average. Sync works great."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car. Fun to drive for it's size.

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks good, great value, good mpg, roomy, quiet"

Cons: "Yours won't be the only one in any parking lot"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the first sedan I've owned (always been a SUV or pick-up guy). We've had this car for about 4 years now. We had a Navigator before and got tired of 10-12 mpg around town. Every time we took the big Lincoln in for service/repairs (which was all too often), the dealership would give us a Taurus as a loaner. My wife and I both preferred driving the Taurus to the Navigator, so we traded for a 2011 SEL. The car has never had any mechanical issues. Only in the shop for scheduled maintenance and one recall of interior door handles. The almost 300hp V6 moves this big sedan surprisingly well. It handles like a much smaller car. We get 20mpg driving around town, and average around 28mpg on road trips. The trunk is HUGE. The interior is spacious and comfortable. The backseat is big enough for my two teenage sons and our 65 pound dog. I don't see how you can beat it for the price."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great value for a near luxury car

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great value - smooth, relatively fast"

Cons: "Seats should have a power back and lumbar"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I currently own a GL450 and a King Ranch F150. Recently I have owned an Acura Legend, TL & RL and 3 Lincoln Navigators, and Corvette. All great rides! The Ford Taurus SEL FWD compares very favorably with some of my rides. My Taurus has leather, moon roof, red metallic paint, navigation, rear view camera and back up sensors. This is a practical car but also one that drives well for a big sedan. It is a big value when you consider the features and ride quality. This is no GL450 but it doesn't cost $70K plus either. The Taurus shifts effortlessly, the interior materials are mostly soft and attractive and the trunk is incredibly large. The paint upgrade is worth the nearly $400 up charge. Puts my Vette's paint job to shame - great luster and depth. The back seat is a bit tight but the front row seating is roomy and the center console gives you an 'in a cockpit' feel. While the music system is OK and no where near a GL450's - the Ford Sync is very easy to operate and the voice activation aspects incredible."

10 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Large Car - Great Performance

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Power train"

Cons: "Roof weather strips"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Large car, great performance. Bought it brand new and got a great deal. Best bang for my buck. I agree with the other reviewers that the vehicle does have side and rear blind spot issues because the car seems super safe like a tank. However, the dual mirrors correct the issue. Living in Miami, you just cant trust other motorists . It rides really nice in the city and the highway. No mechanical issues to report at 15K miles, however the roofline strips came unglued in the rear portion. Decent gas mileage for its size."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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