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2016 Ford Taurus KBB Expert Review

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By Keith Buglewicz - Updated Date: 2/12/2016

Ford’s 2016 Taurus full-size sedan may be getting a little old and a bit behind the competition, but it still has its admirers. You’ll find more room, better visibility and a more modern interior in cars like the Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala and even the Dodge Charger, but the Taurus offers a wider range of trims, engines and features, including the high-performance Taurus SHO. Offering an economical 2.0-liter turbo on the SEL and Limited trims, plus available all-wheel drive with the V6 (it’s standard on the SHO), the Taurus bests the front-drive-only Impala and Avalon. But the Taurus doesn’t offer a hybrid model, nor are its driver-assist features as up to date as many of its newer, more technically advanced competitors.

You'll Like This Car If...

There’s a feeling of solidity and security in the 2016 Ford Taurus sedan. If you’re looking for a big, comfortable cruiser with a cavernous trunk, wide front seats and more than one engine option, this might just be the right car for you.

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Ford’s 2016 Taurus sedan has a rather claustrophobic interior, and its dash and switchgear are beginning to look rather dated. The SHO’s twin-turbo V6 is potent, but it’s no match for the gut-punching thrust of a Hemi V8 (see Dodge Charger).

What's New for 2016

For 2016, the Ford Taurus sedan ditches the temperamental MyFord Touch system in favor of a greatly improved Sync 3 infotainment setup. The Taurus SE gains a standard rearview monitor. All three engines see their 2016 fuel economy figures ratcheted down a few notches.

Driving It Driving Impressions

If there is one predominant story told by Ford’s 2016 Taurus sedan, it’s about value. With a price starting well under $30,000, the Taurus offers full-size comfort and performance in a family sedan that comes nicely equipped out of the box or can be fully loaded. Big, quiet and soft-riding, the Taurus won’t slay a BMW 5 Series in the curves, but thanks to its potent standard V6 and even more potent choice of turbo or twin-turbocharged engines, getting up to speed is never a concern. Ford’s Torque Vectoring and Curve Control help manage the Taurus’ considerable bulk, leaving the driver to enjoy the road or any number of interior conveniences. We didn’t care for the Taurus’ thick front windshield pillars and wide B-pillar by the driver’s head. Both contribute to a cocoon-like feeling inside the car, a perception amplified when the interior color choice is black.

Favorite Features

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine offered in the 2016 Taurus is quite an impressive piece of work, cranking out 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque while returning an EPA estimated 29-mpg highway. It’s a shame the 2.0-liter is offered only with front-wheel drive.

Keeping track of what your kids are doing these days is growing increasingly difficult, which is why Ford’s MyKey programmable fob is such a great idea. With MyKey, parents can limit vehicle top speed, audio volume and other functions with a vehicle specific key.

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