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2018 Ford Taurus KBB Expert Review

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By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

Full-size and family-friendly, the 2018 Ford Taurus is the largest and most expensive sedan in Ford’s expansive lineup. Now in its sixth generation, the Taurus is comfortable, quiet and luxurious. It seats five passengers, has a very large trunk and all-wheel drive is available. It’s also packs power with a standard 288-horsepower V6. Four trim levels are available, SE, SEL, Limited and the SHO performance model which gets a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. The new Taurus competes with the Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, and Kia Cadenza, as well as the Buick LaCrosse. Although it’s a bit behind much of that competition in overall interior volume, the new Taurus offers families a wide range of trims and features at a starting price below $30,000.

You'll Like This Car If...

With a starting price below $30,000 the full-size 2018 Ford Taurus offers a comfortable interior, a massive trunk and a large, powerful V6 engine. All-wheel drive is also available for all-weather traction. The new Taurus also offers Ford’s excellent Sync 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a hybrid sedan, turn your attention to the Toyota Avalon, which is the only hybrid in the full-size sedan segment. If you’re looking for the most power, the 707-horsepower supercharged Dodge Charger Hellcat gives you nearly twice as much as the turbocharged 2018 Taurus SHO. 

What's New for 2018

For 2018 the new Ford Taurus is no longer available with the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, which was its most fuel-efficient engine. Power-adjustable pedals are also no longer available on the SEL trim level. There are two new colors offered, Blue Metallic and Burgundy Velvet Metallic.

Driving It Driving Impressions

With its standard 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, the 2018 Ford Taurus has plenty of power 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 despite its antiquated 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive 365-horsepower Taurus SHO is quick for the class, sprinting to 60 mph in about 5.2 seconds. It also handles better than the other models with its sport-tuned suspension and 20-inch wheels and tires, but it doesn’t ride quite as smoothly. Although it’s nearly 17-feet long, the full-size Taurus doesn’t feel too big in the city, and it cruises beautifully on the highway, but its thick pillars reduce visibility more than we would like. Overall the Taurus offers full-size comfort and performance in an attractive, quiet and smooth-riding package.

Favorite Features

Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system is standard on the 2018 Taurus Limited and SHO models. The system includes a large 8-inch touch screen with smartphone-style navigation gestures like pinch to zoom and swipe, plus voice recognition. The system features HD radio as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Although the Taurus’ standard 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is strong enough for most buyers, Ford also offers a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6. It’s standard in the all-wheel-drive SHO performance model. Zero to 60 takes about 5.2 seconds, which is quicker than a BMW 530i.

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