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.