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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3
Ford's 2014 Taurus is working the full-size sedan market against newer rivals like the Toyota Avalon and all-new Chevrolet Impala. A tough task considering how good the competition is, but the Taurus has many tricks up its sleeve, starting with its engine lineup. A V6 is a must in this class and the Taurus has a fine one, but it also offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that is surprisingly robust and fuel-efficient. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the mighty SHO, powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 and AWD. Of course, the Taurus is also a technological player, with the latest in voice activated interfaces (SYNC), as well as safety and security features like Ford's Lane Keeping System and Adaptive Cruise Control.
If you're seeking the feel of a big, solid car but can't find anything that doesn't scream SUV, try the 2014 Ford Taurus. Luxury car features abound in this big sedan, and the SHO model should win over enthusiasts forced by circumstances to abandon their tiny 2-seat sports car.
No matter how good the twin-turbo V6 is, die-hards will always lament the lack of a proper V8. The Taurus' size might be a compelling argument, but with a tall rear deck and narrow side glass, it can feel a bit claustrophobic for drivers of a smaller stature.
Changes to the 2014 Ford Taurus are minimal. The Limited and SHO trims now offer the Lane Keeping System which uses the electric power steering and audible warnings to help keep the car from drifting out of its intended lane.
Driving Impressions Full size sedans aren't supposed to move like the 2014 Ford Taurus moves, at least not when they cost less than $30,000. The Taurus is no 7 Series, but does...... deliver impressive ride comfort, a serene cabin and adept handling – not to mention impressive acceleration from both the V6 and turbocharged EcoBoost engines. 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. The view from the Taurus' driver's seat isn't bad, although we found the wide B-pillar just behind the driver's head and the front windshield pillars to be rather thick, obstructing our side view. Fortunately, the Taurus' exterior mirrors are a vast help, as is the optional "BLIS" system that warns of objects too close to the vehicle's side when changing lanes.
2.0-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE
Ford's turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine cranks out 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque (that's more torque than Ford's standard 3.5-liter V6), yet attains an impressive 32-mpg highway figure.
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.
The Ford Taurus for 2014 is equipped to carry five, but four adults would be the prime number for comfort over long distances. The driver and front passenger can enjoy the available massaging seats, helping to negate back fatigue on long drives. Climate-controlled front seats providing both heating and cooling are also offered. Most of the Taurus audio and navigation controls can be operated via the steering wheel or by voice command. Further separating itself from the pedestrian family sedan, the 2014 Taurus offers such upscale options as automatic high-beam dimmers, Adaptive Cruise Control, blind-spot monitoring, and a power sunshade for the rear window.Exterior
Compared to most sedans, the 2014 Ford Taurus is far from being in the norm. It's a tall sedan, with wide doors and a low roof, and a steeply raked windshield and rear window. 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.
Included on the 2014 Taurus' list of standard equipment are a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power driver's seat, steering-wheel controls for audio and cruise control, power windows with one-touch up/down functions 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 antilock 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.
Among the more interesting options are seats with massage function, automatic high beams, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield 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, a 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 alerts you to vehicles in your blind spots, while Cross-Traffic Alert warns of approaching traffic when you're backing up. Lane Keep System helps the driver keep in his own lane.
All 2014 Ford Taurus trims start with a 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Optional on front-wheel-drive (FWD) models is Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder. The Taurus SHO offers 77 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 optional on both SEL and Limited trims and standard on the Taurus SHO.
288 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
254 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 mpg (FWD), 18/26 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPC city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (SHO)
365 horsepower @ 5,550 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,250 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg
The 2014 Taurus has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $27,500 for the SE trim, around $29,700 for the mid-level SEL and close to $35,000 for the Limited trim. A nicely equipped Limited is right in line with Hyundai's Azera. All-wheel drive adds about $1,850 to the price tag, while the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is another $1,000. The high-performance Taurus SHO slots in right around $40,500, which is some 10 grand over the lesser-equipped but V8-powered Dodge Charger R/T. To get the best deal, be sure to take a look at the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are currently paying for their Ford Taurus'. We expect the 2014 Ford Taurus to hold its value fairly well, but still behind the new Chevrolet Impala and Dodge Charger, and far from the marks held by the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera.
By Co. Car Driver on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable yet fun."
Cons: "None to report"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have driven this car for 3 years. I enjoy the control of the paddle shifters and find it fun on winding roads, yet comfortable on long journeys. I have only carried out routine oil changes in 65,000 miles making this the most reliable car I have ever driven. It is still on the original tyres with good tread depth remaining. Averaged 24 mpg over 3 years of mixed highway and city driving, with the power of a big V6 when it is needed."
By STEVE on Saturday, February 14, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "PRICE, COMFORT, PREFORMANCE AND GAS MILEAGE"
Cons: "STOCK GRILL, SMALL DRIVERS SIDE FOOT WELL."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"2014 SEL, BLACK. OWNED FOR 1 YR, IT AS BEEN A GREAT CAR. BODY: UGLY STOCK GRILL ON THE SEL MODEL. I REPLACED STOCK GRILL WITH THE SHO GRILL AND ADDED SHO STYLE RIMS BY FOOSE. INTERIOR: COMFORTABLE WITH NO COMPLAINTS. ENGINE: STRONG AT 288HP AND AVG 25MPG AT HWY SPEEDS OF 80MPH. AVG 28-30MPG AT 70 MPH. CITY AVG 23 MPG. SUSPENSION: HAS BODY ROLL, ITS NO SPORTS SEDAN, BUT I HAVE A HEAVY RIGHT FOOT.. OVERALL ITS A GREAT DAILY DRIVER WITH GOOD LOOKS (SHO EFFECTS) AND COMFORT. RECOMMEND HIGHLY !"
9 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By Lando on Thursday, February 12, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great value, fun to drive, comfortable for long tr"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love this car. I have never been more happy with a car in my life. I needed a car to drive a lot of miles for work (20-30K per year) and picked this one up at a local dealer. It rides great looks cool and has plenty of power to push you to the back of your seat. Spending 6 hours in the seat is just about as nice and 6 hours on the couch. Everyone that rides in it or takes it for a spin comment on how much they like it and how nice it is."
9 people out of 20 found this review helpful