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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
the MyFord Touch system that controls everything from climate to navigation and radio tuning is simpler to use, yet still requires patience to figure out. We don't recommend your tutorial take place at 70 mph.
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A lavish list of options includes the wholly revamped MyFord Touch system, an available Sony Audio System and HD Radio, adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, and Active Park Assist (borrowed from Lincoln's sistership MKS)
still far from simple, with a voice-command element that can still provoke occasional user yelling.
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For 2015, Taurus SE models receive standard Ford SYNC and a reverse camera, while SEL models get standardized backup sensors and push-button start. Taurus Limited models now offer a sliding moonroof, and power-adjustable pedals with a memory setting are standard.
The top-of-the-luxury-line Limited model lays on the leather upholstery and ambient lighting inside, 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, MyFord Touch, parking sensors, and even a garage-door opener. The Taurus SHO, of course, comes with a more powerful turbocharged V-6 engine, a sportier suspension, a number of appearance improvements, and everything in the Limited package--plus HID xenon headlamps and accents like suede inserts for the sport seats.
If you opt for MyFord Touch, you get a higher-spec Sony sound system in a center stack that uses capacitive (touch-sensitive) controls that need only to be touched, not turned or pushed. Ford has learned from its mistakes in other models, though: The hazard-light switch is now a real button. And the company said in June 2013 it would add conventional radio volume and tuning buttons to future iterations of MyFord Touch, trying to strike a middle ground between tech-forwardness and passenger preferences. The MyFord Touch system also provides displays with user-configurable data displays in the instrument cluster.
The lowest SE model still offers a number of standard features not found in mid-size sedans, which help justify a base price that starts most of the way up the mid-size range. Air conditioning and cruise control are standard, but a six-speaker sound system and power driver's seat won't be found on base mid-size sedans.
Moving down to the SEL, perhaps the most popular trim level, the 2015 Taurus has the SYNC voice-command system that provides connectivity for Bluetooth and USB devices, satellite radio, automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Then there's the 2015 Ford Taurus option list, including a number of items that you might expect to see on German sport sedans. From muticontour seats with active motion, a pushbutton start, and a heated steering wheel, they range through tech goodies like automatic high beams, a rearview camera for reversing, and rain-sensing wipers. There's a sunroof, and even a power rear sunshade. The technology highlight is Ford's Intuitive Park Assist system, which really is easy to use--and is rated far better than the similar system used in Lexus sedans.
Ford's done a fine job keeping the Taurus connected with the latest features.