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On Features
BASE INVOICE
$23,685
BASE MSRP
$25,555
On Features
The 2012 Ford Taurus gets expensive if you add a lot of options, but it could look like quite the deal against luxury-brand models equipped with the same tech features.
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But even without all of the "features", the basic Taurus is a worthy car with a fine combination of space and comfort in a traditional package.
The Auto Channel

The new key fob no longer includes a key. It just needs to be in the car; then the driver pushes a button to provoke combustion.
Car and Driver

Sync turn-by-turn system...seemed not quite as precise or clear as a traditional navigation system.
Popular Mechanics

a gangbusters Sony Dolby 5.1 surround system with the usual connectivity options
Autoblog

Its live traffic feature shows incidents and traffic flow information, but it only offers detours around bad traffic when a route is programmed into the system
CNET

Available in SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO versions. the 2012 Taurus starts at $26,350 (including destination) but spirals up to around $40k for the high-performance SHO version.

Even in base form, the Taurus comes somewhat better-equipped than mainstream mid-size sedans. Base cars get a power driver's seat, though otherwise equipment seems relatively basic for this kind of sedan. The next trim up, the Taurus SEL includes Sirius Satellite Radio, automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel; the Limited adds 19-inch wheels, ambient lighting, a six-CD changer, reverse parking sensors, leather seats and power controls for the front passenger, and the SYNC entertainment controller. The SHO comes with its unique powertrain and suspension and gets a spoiler, push-button start, sueded seats, and high-intensity discharge headlamps.

All-wheel drive is available on the SEL and Limited, and it's the various advanced-tech features available as options that really give the Taurus a unique selling point. With the available active-safety features, adaptive cruise control, and Ford's MyKey feature that lets parents program a specific key fob with restricted vehicle function, such as maximum speed and maximum radio volume, you're getting a vehicle as full-featured and tech-filled as some luxury-brand models costing $20k more.

Conclusion

The 2012 Ford Taurus gets expensive if you add a lot of options, but it could look like quite the deal against luxury-brand models equipped with the same tech features.

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