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Reviewed by John Voelcker
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
BASE
INVOICE
$24,714
BASE
MSRP
$26,790
Quick Take
The 2015 Ford Taurus feels lacking in the rear-seat department, but otherwise proves to be a comfortable, high-tech flagship sedan for the brand. Read more »
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A massive single-inlet grille replaces the old design to give the SHO a somewhat sportier countenance.

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The interior sees a fairly comprehensive redo that now incorporates fabric-wrapped pillars and a new dash with touch-sensitive buttons and a revised version of MyFord Touch

AutoWeek »

A wider front grille, narrower headlights, and a restyled hood with a larger bulge make the car's nose resemble those of the 2013 Mustang and Fusion.

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The SHO gets a little more differentiation from its tamer stablemates with a new black mesh grille insert and a modest wing perched on the decklid.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$26,790 $40,105
MSRP $26,790
INVOICE $24,714
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4-Door Sedan FWD SE
Gas Mileage N/A
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
EPA Class Large Cars
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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2015 Ford Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD
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Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
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$ 28,800 $ 31,220
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$ 33,339 $ 36,140
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Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
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The Basics:

The 2015 Ford Taurus remains an excellent choice for those interested in a comfortable, heavy, somewhat staid sedan. The smaller Fusion has filled the shoes of what the Taurus once was–a lean, almost radical take on sedan design–leaving the Taurus to become a cozier, more conservative vehicle than it has been in the past. For 2015, the Taurus goes mostly unchanged, though a few convenience features find their way as standard on upper-level trims.

For 2015, Taurus SE models receive standard Ford SYNC and a reverse camera, while SEL models get standardized backup sensors and push-button start. Taurus Limited models now offer a sliding moonroof, and power-adjustable pedals with a memory setting are standard.

As the flagship model in the Ford lineup for both technology and luxury, the features and options list is long and impressive. From multicontour seats with active motion to a heated steering wheel, there are comfort features both conventional and surprising. Then there's the technology list, including automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, a rear-view camera system, and even Ford's Park Assist feature--conclusively better than the similar system offered by Lexus.

Behind the wheel, the Taurus comes across as close to a luxury car. The instrument panel wraps around the cockpit, and both the dashboard and the low, wide console clearly define areas for the driver and the front passenger, The console, in fact, is wide enough that it takes up a good deal of interior space. Three adults will fit in the rear, but the low roofline makes headroom and even legroom tighter than you'd expect--courtesy of a 2010 redesign of the earlier generation, which was simply roomier in those dimensions. The materials whisper "upscale" and the surfaces, from soft-touch plastics to chrome and faux wood, fit well and justify the price tag--which can get steep.

The ride and handling improvements make the suspension more progressive and reduce harshness over bumps. The electric power steering remains precise, and provides more direct feedback than systems from many other makers. The smallest engine in the 2015 Taurus is now the 237-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, added last year, but most buyers are still likely to go for the 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6. In either case, the engine powers the car through Ford's standard six-speed automatic transmission.

The low-volume, high-performance Taurus SHO is back for 2015 as well: It's powered by the largest EcoBoost engine, a 365-hp, 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine. It comes standard with all-wheel drive--optional on the Taurus SEL and Limited trims with the regular V-6, and not offered at all with the four. The SHO isn't a car that connects viscerally with the driver, but it's capable in corners and maintains the Taurus's calm cabin even when pushed hard.

The standard lineup of Taurus trim levels continues unchanged for 2015. At the bottom of the range is the Taurus SE. The Taurus SEL is the volume model, the Limited is the high-luxe choice, and the Taurus SHO performance sedan occupies its own niche in the lineup. The more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is a $995 option on all but the SHO model.

Likes:

  • Luxurious interior
  • Comfortable, controlled ride
  • Many technology features
  • Top safety ratings

Dislikes:

  • 20-inch wheels add harshness
  • SHO isn't engaging to drive
  • Back seat lacks headroom
  • Large and heavy on the road
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