2011 Ford Taurus Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
The 2011 Ford Taurus is a full-size car, and there's copious passenger room, but that doesn't mean the Taurus inherits a queasy, mushy ride.

Front seats in the Taurus are a little constrained by the large console, though it has great room for tall drivers. The basic seats are fine and sit high for good straight-ahead visibility. (SHO models get tighter-fitting, suede-trimmed versions.) In the rear seat, the Taurus is wide enough to sit three across, but legroom is only adequate. With the front seats in their rear-most position, things are actually a little cramped. The biggest issues with the rear seat come from tall passengers, as always; the door opening is wide for feet, but the roofline is low, which makes entry and exit a little tougher than need be. With a sunroof installed and six-footers in back, headroom is a letdown, with constant contact between hair and headliner.

In contrast, the Taurus' trunk is enormous, thanks to the high profile of the rear fenders and the tall decklid. At more than 20 cubic feet, it's almost twice the size of the Acura RL trunk; a tandem stroller and a Diaper Genie could get lost in it.

A mammoth trunk and quiet, well-trimmed interior might help you get over the lack of interior space, especially in back, in the 2011 Ford Taurus.

Along with a more stylish cabin, the 2010 Taurus has better noise damping—even though it's not tomb-like, the interior is quiet and vibration free—and nicer materials. And the ride, while being slightly on the firm side, doesn't bound or bounce. Plastics are higher-grade and attractive, though some might be overwhelmed with chrome.

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