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2002 Ford Taurus

  • 2002 Ford Taurus LX Sedan

    LX Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $19,035
  • 2002 Ford Taurus SEL Sedan

    SEL Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,730
  • 2002 Ford Taurus SEL Wagon

    SEL Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      8
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,980
  • 2002 Ford Taurus SE Sedan

    SE Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      8
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,810
  • 2002 Ford Taurus SES Sedan

    SES Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $20,860
  • 2002 Ford Taurus SE Wagon

    SE Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      8
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,810
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2002 Ford Taurus Review

A decent choice for a family sedan.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Ford Taurus has been a go-to option for those looking for a reliable family sedan or wagon since it first hit showroom floors. The 2002 Ford Taurus offers a basic body design, which admittedly makes it a favorite for the rental car companies, and lots of nice features and safety options. In both the sedan and wagon body designs, Ford offers several trim levels to choose from. Each one provides more comfort and security than the last and one of them certainly fits the needs of every buyer. The 2002 Taurus makes a good option for anyone looking for an attractive, dependable car.

The Range

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 SES Deluxe, Ford Taurus SEL Premium, Ford Taurus SEL Deluxe

What's New

For the 2002 model year, Ford makes several changes to its large family of Taurus sedans and wagons. All models receive floor mats. The V-6 engine also improves to provide better fuel economy. The base LX gets security approach lamps, while the LX and SE offer six-passenger seating. 2002 also sees the addition of the SEL wagon and a new SEL Premium Package. The package includes side airbags and traction control as well as a Mach audio system. Lots of options for no additional charge join the lineup this year as well. Buyers can select a CD player and power driver’s seat on the SE. For the SES, Ford offers a moonroof or free leather options. Several new body colors become available as well.

Exterior

The 2002 Ford Taurus certainly doesn’t provide the most exciting option from this company in terms of exterior beauty. While it shows nothing wrong with the design, it seems a bit boring for many. The Taurus has a simple front end and grille with oval headlights and the company logo in the center of the grille. The hood has a definite slope to the windshield. Accent lines appear on the sides of the Taurus. The rear-end design depends on the body style. This family of cars comes in several attractive colors. The more popular options include Matador Red Metallic, Black, and Medium Royal Blue Metallic.

Interior

One of the main reasons the Taurus proves so popular with families and anyone looking for comfort in general concerns the list of standard comfort features. The cabin of the 2002 Ford Taurus comes equipped differently for each trim level. The lower trim levels stick with the cloth upholstery while the upper trim levels add some luxury to the mix with leather options. Cruise control and air-conditioning remain available for all trim levels.

Performance & Handling

In terms of performance and handling, the 2002 Ford Taurus offers a great deal in the way of comfort and reliability. The Taurus gets incredible feedback from its steering system and gives the driver a lot of good information from the tires. This model also utilizes an efficient suspension system that absorbs most of the shocks from the road, providing the driver and passengers with a comfortable, smooth ride on the roads or highway. Overall, the Taurus offers some surprises on the road and leaves most drivers more than pleased with its performance.

Safety

With the Taurus line of cars, Ford emphasizes safety. The 2002 Ford Taurus ranks among the safest sedans and wagons available. It comes equipped with several features to allow the car to discern the severity of an accident and act accordingly. The airbag system detects the use of seat belts and deploy at two rates of speed for the correct force. Anti-lock brakes, side airbags, and traction control provide popular safety features as well. Pretensioners in the seat belts help to reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of an accident.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Taurus: 18/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good value
  • Lots of safety equipment
  • Sedan and wagon body styles

You Won't Like

  • No rear disc brakes
  • Low resale value
  • A favorite for rental car companies

Sum Up

A decent choice for a family sedan.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Ford Focus
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  • Toyota Camry

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