Significant upgrades for the 1996 Ford Taurus make it sleeker, more powerful, and more reliable than past models. The Taurus boasts great safety ratings, good fuel economy, and plenty of options. The Ford Taurus proves powerful enough for regular usage and provides great accommodations for long trips.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 145-hp 3.0-liter V-6, 200-hp 3.0-liter V-6, 3.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Taurus GL, Ford Taurus LX, Ford Taurus SHO
The Ford Taurus gets a complete overhaul for 1996. The Taurus sports revised and improved engines for all models and more power and torque than previous years. Exterior and interior revisions make the Taurus sleeker and more attractive. The 1996 Ford Taurus looks larger inside and outside than previous models despite being slightly lighter due to more glass usage and less steel.
The exterior of the 1996 Ford Taurus comes in 11 color options. Tinted glass and power exterior mirrors come standard. The 15-inch wheels have options for alloy in the GL and LX, and chrome for the LX. The SHO comes standard with chrome wheels and a rear spoiler. Roof racks remain available as an option for the wagon models.
The interior of the Taurus comes standard with a center console, lighted entry, and cloth seating. Other standard interior features include air-conditioning, power windows and locks, and an AM/FM audio system. The Taurus LX features an AM/FM/cassette stereo, a power driver's seat, and the option of leather seating. Other interior options for the 1996 Ford Taurus include cruise control, a compact disc changer, and a JBL audio system.
Performance & Handling
The Ford Taurus GL comes standard with a 145-hp, three-liter engine, which provides just enough power. The more impressive LX comes with a turbocharged, 200-hp, three-liter engine, and the SHO contains a 240-hp, 3.4-liter V-8 designed by Yamaha. All of these engines produce ample power for standard uses. Power steering and brakes come standard on all models.
The 1996 Ford Taurus comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain available as an option. During crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) the driver and passenger earn four out of five stars for overall safety. During crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Ford Taurus receives a ?Good? overall rating and ?Good? for every criterion. Overall, the Taurus offers superb safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Taurus GL: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus LX: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus SHO: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- Safety ratings
- Fuel economy
- Wagon and sedan options
- Roomy interior
You Won't Like
- Front styling
- Average reliability
Safe and reliable sedan with plenty of power.
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