The 1999 Ford Taurus belongs to the third generation of midsize cars, which was first introduced in 1985 and has since been in continuous production. It's also the fourth oldest nameplate still sold by Ford in North America.
Body Styles: sedan, station wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Taurus LX, Ford Taurus SE, Ford Taurus SHO
The 1999 Ford Taurus continues its lineup with very few changes, which include speed control and light group options for the LX, and the replacement of chrome wheels on the SE with aluminum wheels.
The odd exterior of the 1999 Ford Taurus has been the topic of discussion since its inception in 1996, but the company continues with the same design despite disagreements. The shape is based on an oval, inspired perhaps by Ford’s iconic logo itself. It also includes certain upscale styling touches such as optional chrome dual exhaust tips and optional chrome alloy wheels.
The interior of the 1999 Ford Taurus is quite comfortable thanks to the well-designed seats and long list of standard equipment on all models. A plethora of ashtrays and cup holders are available and integrated to the armrests. Rear-passenger air-conditioning control is available as an option. However, the integrated control panel, which is user-friendly in theory, proves to be less so in reality. The buttons, although easily to see and reach, look very similar to each other, and there are so many present that it can be confusing.
On a positive note, the 1999 Ford Taurus’ interior is bigger and better than before, especially the rear space. Legroom increased substantially, although three people might find it difficult to sit together at the rear comfortably. The trunk is wide, roomy, deep, and reaches well forward, which is good news for people who need to haul more things.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Ford Taurus comes with a standard Vulcan V-6 engine that delivers around 145 hp of power and 175 lb-ft of torque. An optional two-liter Duratec V-6 engine is also available that delivers 185 hp of power and 200 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is better with this particular engine, and the Duratec engine in its midrange performance surpasses the Vulcan engine in every way. The Taurus SHO is the fastest version with a large V-8. Incidentally, it is also the first V-8 to be fitted in the Taurus, but the lack of a manual gearbox and slow accelerations cause the SHO to be a bit of disappointment.
The 1999 Ford Taurus is equipped with a 200-hp engine that's more refined, smoother, and more potent than smaller ones at high speeds. However, low-speed torque is sadly lacking, which means that brisk passing requires drivers to floor the throttle. Midsize sedans generally do not have good handling characteristics, but the Taurus offers surprisingly light and precise handling. Ride quality improves from previous versions, but consumers can still expect stiffness on rough roads. Noise filtration in the cabin was reduced, which is another pleasant change.
The 1999 Ford Taurus earned a five-star rating in terms of driver and passenger safety in front-impact collisions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It receives an overall ""good"" rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is its highest rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Taurus: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Low price
- Lots of equipment
- Adequate power under the hood
You Won't Like
- Cramped interior
- Muddled ergonomics
- Car may look weird to some
Offers a level of sophistication not found in American competitors.
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