The Ford Taurus has long been a leader in the midsize family sedan market segment. While the early models received a bad rap, the automaker worked at it and as such, the final product is a fine example of what has come out of it. As the second year of the new generation, it's working hard to throw off the controversial design from the previous generation. Ford is working on this through providing safety features that are at the top of the class, as well as performance and handling that has advanced incredibly in the last few years.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Taurus LX, Ford Taurus SE, Ford Taurus SES, Ford Taurus SEL, Ford Taurus SE Wagon
The 2001 Ford Taurus receives minor updates since it's only be a year since its major redesign. A proprietary child safety seat anchoring system called LATCH is standard on all models, and the fuel tank capacity increases to 18 gallons. Power locks are now standard across all models while a six-disc CD changer is standard on the SES model. Finally, a new color called Spruce Green Clearcoat Metallic is available.
The 2001 Ford Taurus gets conventional styling that has definitely made an impact. The rear end sits fairly tall, and the cabin is more upright than before, which provides a more appealing exterior shape and is functional. The curvature of the rear doors is an issue, however, as any adult or taller children getting in to the back seat are likely to hit their head.
The 2001 Ford Taurus has an adequate amount of headroom in the front and the rear seats. The legroom in the rear is slightly short and not comfortable for taller adults. It also doesn’t have quite enough room to fit three adults comfortably in the rear seat. Plenty of features, conveniences, and comforts are offered as standard equipment. Even the basic LX has standard power locks, mirrors, and windows, as well as air-conditioning and plenty of little storage nooks in the front and back. Thanks to the redesign, there is better driver visibility through the more upright glass. There are also smaller blind spots thanks to thinner, more vertical pillars.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Ford Taurus gets three engine choices that's more than adequate for a midsize sedan. The V-6 engines are the same in terms of performance and output, but with different internals to allow for the use of flexible fuel in one. Both of these engines put out 155 horsepower, which is good enough to get it up to speed in a reasonable amount of time and to cruise smoothly on the highway. The 200-horsepower double overhead camshaft V-6 provides more than enough power for daily driving and is actually smoother and quieter than the single overhead camshaft engine. The suspension has great responsiveness without being too harsh for long-distance drives. Steering is tighter and more responsive than ever before. All this combined shows it's far removed from its earlier versions.
The 2001 Ford Taurus has standard front driver and passenger front impact airbags as well as optional side impact airbags. Anti-lock brakes are still not standard on all models but are a fairly inexpensive option for the safety it provides. Traction control is available on the three highest models but not on the LX. It receives great safety ratings; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave five out of five stars for both driver and passenger front impact protection and three out of five for front and rear side impact. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave a rating of ?good? in every category.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Taurus Sedan, V-6 single overhead camshaft, gas: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus Sedan, V-6 double overhead camshaft, gas: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus Sedan, V-6 single overhead camshaft, E85: 12/18 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus Wagon, V-6 single overhead camshaft, gas: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus Wagon, V-6 double overhead camshaft, gas: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus Wagon, V-6 single overhead camshaft, E85: 12/18 mpg city/highway
- Safety features and ratings
- Good value for the money
You Won't Like
- Uncomfortable front seat
- Poor reliability when compared with class leaders
An above average American midsize.
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