The 1998 Ford Taurus is a midrange passenger vehicle that strikes a good balance between cost, performance, and comfort. In a similar price range, consumers find it difficult to locate another vehicle that offers the same internal amenities without sacrificing engine power. Available as a sedan or wagon, the Ford Taurus gives drivers a decent amount of choice. While if offers only three model options, the trim levels vary enough that drivers have a lot of control over the final vehicle once they add optional equipment.
The Ford Taurus remains a mainstay of many vehicle fleets for a good reason. The Taurus makes a reliable and economical option, but it still feels good to drive. The market offers better vehicles, but drivers can expect to pay noticeably more to get them. In the same price range, expect to trade off engine power or comfort when looking at other models. A few vehicles provide tight competition, but they remain few. The Ford Taurus should be able to satisfy the needs of many drivers looking for a passenger sedan or wagon.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 3.4-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Ford Taurus LX, Ford Taurus SE, Ford Taurus SHO
The 1998 Ford Taurus receives some minor exterior restyling. Some of the model options leave the lineup for this year. The trim levels get revised to the current LX, SE, and SHO offerings.
Measuring 197.5 inches long, the 1998 Ford Taurus makes for a fairly large passenger vehicle. The Ford Taurus sells as both a sedan and wagon. However, only the Taurus SE offers the wagon body style. The Taurus LX and Taurus SHO only come as sedans. Standard equipment on the LX includes power windows and power mirrors. The SE gets standard power locks as well. Alloy wheels provide optional equipment for the LX and SE. The Taurus SHO comes with chrome wheels and a rear spoiler as standard equipment.
Even before factoring in features, the 1998 Ford Taurus has a strong interior. It looks large and spacious, comfortably seating five passengers, including adults in the rear seat. In addition, the controls sit in logical places, and the driver has excellent visibility. Even the relatively stripped down Taurus LX has a decent range of features, with air-conditioning and an AM/FM radio as standard equipment. The Taurus SE adds cruise control, and a cassette player to the list of standard features. The Taurus SHO comes fully loaded out with power seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, automatic climate control, keyless entry, MACH audio, a CD player, and a CD changer as standard equipment and leather seating available as an option.
Performance & Handling
The Ford Taurus delivers good performance that holds up well against the competition. The three-liter, eight-cylinder engine delivers 145 horsepower, which allows the Taurus to accelerate rather quickly. The 3.4-liter, eight-cylinder engine in the Taurus SHO delivers 235 hp, further improving the acceleration. The handling and turning of the 1998 Ford Taurus seem fairly mediocre. It handles well, but the Taurus does not offer anything remarkable in this regard. This gets more noticeable in the Taurus SHO, which feels limited by not using augmented handling with its more powerful engine.
Dual front airbags come standard on all Taurus models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on the Taurus SHO and as an option on the LX and SE.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Taurus three-liter six-cylinder: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus 3.4-liter eight-cylinder: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Powerful stock six-cylinder engine
- Moderate price tag
- Spacious interior
- Excellent placement of interior controls
You Won't Like
- Tough competition
- Taurus SHO does not offer enough maneuverability
Large and cozy with lots of options.
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