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Reviewed by John Voelcker
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$24,959
BASE MSRP
$27,055
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

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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
$27,055 $40,220
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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STYLE INVOICE MSRP
2015 Ford Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
All Wheel Drive
$ 28,906 $ 31,335
2015 Ford Taurus 4-Door Sedan SE FWD
4-Door Sedan FWD SE
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 24,959 $ 27,055
2015 Ford Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited AWD
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
All Wheel Drive
$ 33,446 $ 36,255
2015 Ford Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 27,201 $ 29,485
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The Basics:

Among the dwindling number of full-size U.S. sedans, the 2015 Ford Taurus will likely appeal to buyers who like comfort in a solid, rather staid sedan. This year's Taurus is largely unchanged, though a handful of convenience features have been made standard on high-level trim packages.

As the smaller Fusion mid-size sedan has taken over the historic role of the Taurus--a visually striking, almost radical family sedan--the Taurus got larger and more conservative than it was in the 1990s. It's also become much rarer, selling at just a fraction of its peak 25 years ago. Its main drawback these days, frankly, is its limited rear-seat room--somewhat startling in a car this large and heavy.

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. While three adults can fit themselves into the rear, the low roofline makes headroom and even legroom tighter than you'd expect--courtesy of a 2010 redesign of the earlier generation, which was just 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 list of features and options available in the Ford Taurus is long and impressive, suiting its role as the technology and luxury flagship in the Ford lineup. 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.

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.

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.

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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