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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 260 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

4 years old and still like the day I bought it new

By on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfort, quiet ride."

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

"I have 135000 miles on this car in 4 years and it is still rides like new. Quiet spacious interior and extra large trunk. I drive long distances and the seat is supportive and comfortable. All options, sync, Bluetooth, heated seats are still operating as new. Never had to service except for tires, brakes and oil changes. Averages 25-26 MPG overall. Looking to get another one soon."

13 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Best Car Ever

By on Monday, November 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

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: "Best driving car I have ever owned!"

Cons: "No problems."

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

"This SHO is the best car I have ever owned. I purchased it in May 2011 but it was a new 2010 model. It has excellent performance, is comfortable and the electronics are fantastic. It is a pleasure to drive, the service has been superior and I have had virtually no problems. It is truly a marvelous machine."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Fantastic Automobile!

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I don't own this car

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: "pleaser to drive, great creature comforts, powerfu"

Cons: "gets very dusty around bottom of doorjams"

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

"I own a 2013 limited and man,after owning A Nisson,Toyota, and a Ram1500, im thrilled to be back in a fabulous car.its got tire chripping torque,roomie,all the comforts of a Lincoln or Cadie. I will never part with this car!!!"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

A solid feel and a well built car.

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solid feel, well built, great driving car"

Cons: "Tire noise, strange down shift"

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

"Fun car to drive on the highway with great MPH for a large car. The 3.5 liter motor has the power to get the job done. Love the fighter jet feel on the inside but, could feel a little close inside if your not into the cockpit feel. The exterior is more progressive then the conservative style of Fords past body designs. The only negatives about the Taurus is the road noise from the low profile tires, new tires might help this problem. A strange down shift when coasting on a down hill, don't see it as a problem just feels strange."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Beautiful Automobile!

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,550

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: "Beautiful car. Good gas mileage. Plenty of power."

Cons: "Thick side pillars."

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

"2011 Taurus SEL. Most beautiful car on the road. Ford designers really did a good job. Love the body style. Great gas mileage for a car this size. Can't say enough about it here."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Many mechancal design flaws. Not a high milage car

By on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "None in mind."

Cons: "Maintenance, poor brake system."

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

"Braking system is a joke. Calipers , brackets, rotors and bearings of poor design and worse quality. Have had several issues and made my own modifications and it needs constant monitoring. Lucky I'm an engineer and a mechanic myself. Transmission has always shifted hard and is constantly shifting while coasting downhill. Not engineered well. Overall this thing is nothing like the original Five Hundreds. The five hundred was a fantastic car with an excellent ride and mileage and a vey low maintenance car. This thing is the exact opppsite."

9 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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