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A massive single-inlet grille replaces the old design to give the SHO a somewhat sportier countenance.
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
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.
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.
Car and Driver
The low-profile look of the 2014 Ford Taurus has been with us now since 2010, and it's a familiar profile on the roads. The wheelbase is long, the car is wide, and it has substantial overhangs that add up to 203 inches of length--all reinforcing the low, powerful sedan look. The sculpted character lines and strong shoulders of the rear and side profiles are some of the most interesting facets of the five-year-old design.
Most find the Taurus stylish, and a 2013 refresh to the grille, front fascia, and rear end brought the Taurus closer to current Ford design themes. The refresh makes the Taurus look a bit sportier, aided by taillights outlined with LEDs and some striking new alloy wheel designs. The Taurus SHO hot-rod model replaces the horizontal grille bars with tough black mesh, along with a much more aggressive lower front body molding, including a substantial air dam.
Inside, the comfortable front seats and high-quality finishes and materials make the Taurus feel like a luxury coupe more than a sedan. Driver and passenger each have their own defined space, separated by a very wide console. Fit and finish is excellent, and even the base model has a look that suggests quality and attention to detail that justifies price tags that can soar above $40,000 at the high end.
Unusually for a domestic carmaker, Ford told reporters it had benchmarked the Audi A6 for interior quality, fit, and finish. All-new switchgear, cloth-wrapped pillars, and other touches take the Taurus interior far above the large cheap value-for-money sedan that the nameplate had collapsed into before the current generation. The latest updates keep it current, and while they're really only nips and tucks to the basic design, the addition of MyFord Touch--like it or not--keeps the 2014 Taurus up to date in infotainment as well.
The 2014 Ford Taurus is clearly a family member, though its bluff lines aren't as elegant as the newer Fusion's