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2014 Ford Taurus

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/24/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

After a mid-cycle refresh in 2013, the only notable changes for 2014 include two new exterior colors: Sunset Metallic and Dark Side Metallic.

Vehicle Overview

The Ford Taurus is the automaker's front- and all-wheel-drive full-size sedan, which slots in above the versatile midsize Fusion. The Taurus competes in a segment that values comfort, interior space, lots of features, and good value.

Summary

The 2014 Ford Taurus, the automaker's full-sized sedan, is available in three base trim levels, and as the high performance SHO model. The base engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 288 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed automatic, and available in FWD or AWD on the SEL and Limited trim levels. Buyers have the option of a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 that makes 240 hp and a healthy 270 lb-ft of torque, coupled to the same six-speed, only in FWD form. While not for lead-footed drivers, the 2.0 EcoBoost model provides a bit more fuel economy for those who are willing to pay the $995 over the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6.

The 2014 Taurus SHO comes with a grin-inducing twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that pumps out 365 hp, 350 lb-ft of torque, AWD, and a six-speed automatic. The 3.5-liter V-6 gets an EPA estimated 18-19/26-29 mpg city/highway, depending on FWD or AWD and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 returns a respectable 22/32 mpg. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 in the SHO churns out some serious power, but only takes an EPA-estimated dip to 17/25 mpg, for a total of one mpg loss over the stock AWD V-6 equipped models.

The 2014 Ford Taurus has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and in IIHS testing received a rating of good in the four categories for which it's been tested.

What We Think

We enjoyed the Taurus SHO on the track, and appreciated that the performance package fixed our previous brake-fade concerns. Despite our praise for the high-performance model, the non-SHO base car placed last in a 2013/2014 Full Size Sedan comparison. We said, "The Taurus needs more than a refresh to compete in this segment."

You'll Like

  • SHO w/performance package
  • High quality interior appointment
  • Economical I-4 option if you're not in a hurry

You Won't Like

  • Big exterior, small interior
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Volume V-6 model's on-road performance not class leading

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Avalon
  • Chrysler 300
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Kia Cadenza

Rating

1 star Big on the outside, small on the inside.

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