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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
the updated Taurus is one of those rare cars in which the center rear seat is actually adult-habitable for more than five blocks
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It's a tad snug for the car's full-size footprint
the seats are too soft
Rivals many premium sedans for hushed comfort.
Its plush seats feel like overstuffed easy chairs, complete with heating and cooling in front.
From the outside, the 2012 Ford Taurus is a full-size car. But if you're very tall, or in the back seat, it might not always seem so from inside. There are focused, defined areas for the driver and front passenger, with a wrap-around instrument panel design and a low, wide center console that firmly splits the driver and passenger sides (and actually, taking up a lot of space). The back seat is wide, with potential space for three adults, though legroom and headroom can be surprisingly tight, given the Taurus' full-size exterior. The culprit? With the Taurus' last refresh, in 2010, Ford dropped the roofline a bit, and while it makes the Taurus better-looking from the outside, the effect is that the cabin's simply more confining.
Entry and exit in back is harder than it should be, too. 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.
As you might be able to tell from the Taurus' silhouette, trunk space is more than ample. At more than 20 cubic feet, it's almost twice the size of the Acura RL trunk; it's one of the few trunks that probably won't having you wish on occasion that you had a utility vehicle.
Overall, refinement in the 2012 Taurus is top-notch, with tight construction, impressive plastics and trims, and a ride that's on the firm side but for the most part quiet and comfortable.
Cabin space is surprisingly tight--especially in back--in the Ford Taurus, though its trunk is huge.