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2019 Ford Taurus: What You Need to Know

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A gentle ride and a large trunk aren’t enough to offset the 2019 Ford Taurus’ tight rear seats, tedious handling, and unimpressive cabin. Because of that, it ranks near the bottom of the large car class.

The 2019 Ford Taurus is ranked:

Is the Ford Taurus a Good Car?

The Ford Taurus is not a good large car. It hasn’t been redesigned in nearly a decade, and that shows. Its interior feels and looks older than what you'll find with rivals. The Taurus has below-average fuel economy and a short list of standard features, and its seats are surprisingly tight for a vehicle this size. Although both of the Taurus’ V6 engine options are adequate, the base V6 can’t keep up with engines in other large cars. However, the Taurus has a large trunk and a cushy ride, and the available SYNC 3 infotainment system is user-friendly.

Should I Buy the Ford Taurus?

If you need a large car and are on a tight budget, the Ford Taurus sedan is worth considering. It’s one of the most affordable vehicles in its class. However, almost every other large car is a better value. The Chevrolet Impala offers balanced handling and roomy rear seats, and the Kia Cadenza boasts a lavish cabin with plenty of standard tech features.

Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Taurus?

The 2019 Taurus belongs to a generation that launched for the 2010 model year. Ford last refreshed this car for 2013, but most shoppers should stick with a model from 2016 or later. For that year, Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced the much-maligned MyFord Touch. Ford discontinued the turbocharged four-cylinder engine for 2018, and a power-adjustable steering wheel was discontinued for 2019. By getting a 2016 or 2017 Taurus, you could save money and still get a better-equipped vehicle than a new model.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Ford Taurus. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 55 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Ford Taurus in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 55 automotive sources. This Ford Taurus review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which ran from the 2010 through 2019 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the Ford Taurus Cost?

The base 2019 Ford Taurus SE has a starting price of $27,800, making it one of the most affordable large cars. In fact, most class rivals retail for more than $30,000, putting them on par with the mid-level Ford Taurus SEL. The performance-oriented Taurus SHO has a base price of $42,975.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

Ford Taurus Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Taurus or Toyota Avalon?

Toyota fully redesigned the Avalon for the 2019 model year, and the updates help make it one of the best large cars you can buy. The Avalon boasts higher fuel economy estimates, more room for passengers, and a longer list of standard features than the Taurus, including lots of standard safety features. It can also hold its own much better on winding roads than the Taurus can. One the other hand, the Taurus is more affordable, with a starting price that is $7,700 lower than the Avalon’s. Even the mid-level Ford Taurus SEL will save you more than $5,000 over the base Avalon. It also offers all-wheel drive, something you can’t get in the Avalon. If your budget allows it, however, the Avalon is a better pick.

Which Is Better: Ford Taurus or Chevrolet Impala?

With a gentle ride and good composure around turns, the Chevrolet Impala is a smart choice in the class. It offers a spacious cabin with some of the roomiest rear seats in the class. The Impala has more standard features and an intuitive infotainment system, and it retails for only $200 more than the Ford. However, the Impala has a standard four-cylinder engine, and upgrading to its available V6 engine will cost you extra. While the Taurus has a little more trunk space and available all-wheel drive, the Impala is a better choice overall.

Taurus Interior

How Many People Does the Taurus Seat?

This Ford sedan seats five people. Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather seats; massaging, heated, and ventilated front seats; heated rear seats; and a heated steering wheel are available.

Most adults will be comfortable in the front seats, but thick roof pillars make the cabin feel tight. Rear-seat space is friendlier to kids than adults.

Taurus and Car Seats

This sedan has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the system its second highest rating of Acceptable for ease-of-use. IIHS noted the anchors are located too deep in the seats. 

Taurus Interior Quality

The Taurus has a nice-looking cabin, but you won’t mistake it for a Mercedes-Benz. Rivals like the Chrysler 300 have more modern interiors with higher-quality materials. 

Taurus Cargo Space

This vehicle has 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s one of the roomiest among large sedans, eclipsing the Chevrolet Impala and Buick Lacrosse, though wagons such as the Ford C-Max Hybrid have a lot more space.

Taurus Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Taurus comes standard the SYNC smartphone connectivity interface, which features a 4.2-inch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system. Upgrades include the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a second USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, and a moonroof.

With its large and responsive touch screen, SYNC 3 is a worthwhile upgrade. It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

Taurus Performance

Taurus Engine: Take It or Leave It

Ford offers two powertrains in the 2019 Taurus. The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine puts out 288 horsepower. The Taurus SHO trim has a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost variant of this engine with ratings of 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Both engines are powerful enough for daily driving and highway jaunts. The EcoBoost V6 delivers quicker acceleration and feels more powerful when getting up to speed or cruising along. However, the base engine isn't as robust as what you'll find in a number of the Taurus' more recently updated rivals.

Taurus Mileage: Subpar for the Class

This vehicle gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The Ford Taurus SHO and its twin-turbocharged engine get 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Those are low estimates compared to other large cars, some of which have base four-cylinders instead of V6s. But even among rivals with a V6, the Ford still earns subpar estimates. Both the Chevrolet Impala and Kia Cadenza can save you money at the pump.

Taurus Ride and Handling: Comfortable Ride

The Ford Taurus sedan has a gentle, cushioned ride. It’s a great cruising vehicle, but you’ll never forget you’re driving a full-size car. It leans around corners and can be hard to maneuver. The sport-oriented SHO trim handles a little better, but it still falls short of some rivals' handling. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

Taurus Reliability

Is the Taurus Reliable?

J.D. Power gave the 2019 Taurus a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average for the industry. 

Taurus Warranty

Ford covers the Taurus with a basic warranty lasting three years or 36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty lasting five years or 60,000 miles. Most large cars have similar terms.

Taurus Safety

Taurus Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Ford Taurus five out of five stars overall, with four stars in rollover test and five stars in every other test conducted. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test. IIHS gave the front crash prevention technology a Basic rating and gave the headlights a rating of Poor. Both of those ratings are the lowest in their test categories.  

Taurus Safety Features

This full-size car has a standard rearview camera and Ford’s MyKey, which lets you do things like set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers. Rivals like the Buick LaCrosse and Toyota Avalon have more standard safety features.

The Taurus also offers blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, and parallel park assist.

Which Ford Taurus Model Is Right for Me?

Ford offers this large sedan in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and the performance-oriented SHO. If you’re after a large family sedan, the Ford Taurus SEL is a good choice. It gains a few tech and comfort features over the base SE, and it’s the first trim available with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. The Ford Taurus Limited adds even more, but it comes with a fairly large price jump. Shoppers after something more athletic should look to the Ford Taurus SHO, as it’s the only trim with a sport-tuned suspension and the stronger V6 engine.

Ford Taurus SE

The 2019 Ford Taurus SE has an MSRP of $27,800. That buys you a 288-horsepower V6 engine, remote keyless entry, aluminum wheels, cloth seats, a rearview camera, and the SYNC smartphone connectivity system with a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth. You’ll also get Ford’s MyKey, which lets you do things like set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers.

No notable packages or options are available with the SE trim.

Ford Taurus SEL

With a starting price of $30,230, the Ford Taurus SEL adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, satellite radio, and rear parking sensors.

The Ford Taurus SEL is the first trim available with several options. All-wheel drive is a $1,850 add-on, and for $1,050, you can equip the Taurus with the 201A package to get push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Voice-activated navigation is available for $795. Other options include leather and heated front seats ($1,495) and a moonroof ($995).

Ford Taurus Limited

The Ford Taurus Limited starts at $37,310 and adds the contents of the 201A package as standard. You’ll also get heated, ventilated, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats; heated rear seats; leather seats; and a heated steering wheel. The Limited also features a 12-speaker Sony sound system, HD Radio, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, and larger aluminum wheels.

All-wheel drive, navigation, and the moonroof remain optional. For $1,995, a Driver Assist package adds lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and parallel park assist.

Ford Taurus SHO

The 2019 Ford Taurus SHO retails for $42,975. As the performance-minded model in the lineup, it has a sport-tuned suspension, a twin-turbo EcoBoost engine making 365 horsepower, and standard all-wheel drive.

A moonroof, navigation, and the Driver Assist package remain available. Ford also offers a SHO Performance package for $1,300. It upgrades the tires, brakes, and suspension.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

The Final Call

The Ford Taurus sedan lags behind the competition. Its powertrains are inefficient, and though their performance is not bad, they fail to outshine those found in other large vehicles. The Taurus’ interior feels dated and cramped. There are positives, however, such as a big trunk and a user-friendly infotainment system. This is also one of the most affordable full-size sedans. However, many class rivals offer more pros without the cons.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Ford Taurus review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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