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2017 Ford Taurus KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 6.3 / 10
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor


The 2017 Ford Taurus is a large 5-passenger sedan that’s offered in four trim levels, SE, SEL, Limited and the performance-oriented SHO, which features a twin-turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive. The new Taurus competes in the crowded full-size-sedan segment against such rivals as the Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Kia Cadenza and Hyundai Azera, as well as the Buick LaCrosse. And it’s a bit behind much of that competition, in design, available technologies and interior volume. You’ll find more room, better visibility and more modern interiors elsewhere, but the new Taurus offers a wide range of trims, engines and features, including the high-performance Taurus SHO, an economical 2.0-liter turbo, plus available all-wheel drive with the V6.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a big, comfortable cruiser with a cavernous trunk, wide front seats and available all-wheel drive for slushy winter weather, the 2017 Ford Taurus might just be the right car for you. The new Taurus also earned a top 5-star overall rating in government crash tests.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2017 Ford Taurus sedan has a rather claustrophobic interior, and its dash and switchgear look rather dated. The Taurus also 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.

What's New for 2017

Aside from new colors and new optional 20-inch wheels, the new 2017 Ford Taurus sedan is identical to last year’s model, which received a greatly improved Sync 3 infotainment setup. It has a large 8-inch touch screen and is easier to use with smartphone gestures like swipe and pinch to zoom.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Big and heavy? Yes. Slow? No. The 2017 Ford Taurus is no slouch with a standard 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. That’s a lot of power, and the new Taurus has plenty of stomp to get you up that hill or merged onto the Interstate. It’s no sports sedan and it won’t slay a BMW 5 Series in the curves but getting up to speed is never a concern. It’s not quite as quick with the optional 240-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, but it’s still quick enough and fuel economy jumps nicely to 20-mpg city and 29 mpg on the highway despite its antiquated 6-speed automatic transmission. The Taurus offers full-size comfort and performance in an attractive, quiet and soft-riding package. However, 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, claustrophobic feeling inside the car.

Favorite Features

2.0-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine offered in the 2017 Taurus is 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.

FORD'S MYKEY
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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