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Ford Taurus

A true blockbuster for the Ford company, the Taurus is still around today and is the fourth oldest nameplate for the company in North America. More than seven million models were sold up to 2007, which makes the Taurus one of the best-selling in the Ford line.

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Ford Taurus Origins

Introduced in 1985 for the 1986 model year, the Ford Taurus brought a lot of innovation to the market. It was aerodynamic in design, had a lot of room and was modestly priced.

The Ford Taurus remained in near-constant production, although there was a slight hiatus in 2007 when Ford thought about ending the line. But the line was resurrected again in 2008 and continues to be a main vehicle for the Ford fleet.

About the Ford Taurus

In the late 1980s, the Taurus was known as a game changer. The roomy interior of the vehicle coupled with the attractive body design whet a lot of appetites. The Taurus was also quite affordable, which made it a popular family sedan. The Taurus proved so popular with families that a station wagon version was introduced in the late 1980s as well.

Most of the Taurus line soldiered on in the same vein as the last, with slight makeovers and tweaks to the engine. The only strange period for the Taurus, which many remember and deride, was the drastic redesign of the Taurus in the third generation between 1996 and 1999. The body shape was changed to an oval to possibly reflect the blue oval of the Ford logo.

Ford Taurus Features

The 2012 is available in four trim packages including the SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO.

The base model SE has a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC Duratec V-6 engine. A six-speed automatic transmission moves the car along. Fitted with AdvanceTrac stability the vehicle handles itself well on the road. The MyKey system is installed in the vehicle, which alerts when the seatbelt isn’t fastened, alerts when something is in your blind spot and can limit the top speed of the vehicle to avoid tickets.

The SEL trim line adds a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that combines automatic and manual shifting for ultimate control. Dual-zone electronic climate control was added, as well as a leather steering wheel to add to the interior for extra comfort. Sirius satellite radio is also standard.

The Limited trim line upgrades the interior with leather-trimmed seats, voice-activate Sync, CD player, and reverse sensing system with a rear camera. Ambient lighting is also available.

The SHO has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that is rated for 365 horsepower, giving the line a little extra boost of power. True split exhaust tips give the exterior a little more flash. An all-wheel drive to go with that upgraded engine is also available. Sport-tuned suspension keeps handling tight even with the new power. High intensity discharge (HID) lamps ensure you see everything as you speed along the road.

Ford Taurus Evolution

The Ford Taurus went through six different generations during its production.

The first generation was released in 1986 and ended in 1991. This model was available in a V-6 or a standard inline four-cylinder with manual or automatic controls. This was a popular vehicle in the public and in reviews.

The second generation models ran from 1992 to 1995. An interior redesign and lengthening of the vehicle changed the driving experience, as did the standard V6 automatic engine. This generation became the best-selling car in the United States during production.

The third generation of the Ford Taurus saw a complete redesign of the vehicle, introducing the oval shape design. Very curvy on the inside, this vehicle proved unpopular with the public but sold well to rental agencies.

The fourth generation Taurus was sold between 2000 and 2007. The oval shape was dropped in favor of the old square design. Ford lowered the price on the vehicle by cutting some corners to keep it a viable purchase option. At this point, the Taurus was struggling to compete with Japanese cars and other sedans on the market. Ford announced it would discontinue the Taurus the following year.

2008 saw the return of the Taurus after a one-year production hiatus. The Taurus was developed from the Ford Five Hundred models. New engines, trim lines and exterior tweaks were introduced.

A sixth and most current generation started in production in 2010. Mixed reviews led to mid-generation changes for the model.

Select a Ford Taurus Year

2013 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan


The 2013 Ford Taurus brings the latest in-car technology and great fuel economy.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $15,018

MPG
17-29
Seats
5

2012 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan


Not much has changed since the 2010 new model, but all 2012 Tauri come standard with Ford's new Sync voice activated entertainment and communications system. Added to the 2011 color palette is a new ginger-ale metallic hue. And there's also a new integrated blind-spot sideview mirror at each door to aid the driver's peripheral vision. No bad news is still good news, right?

ESTIMATED RESALE: $14,164

MPG
17-28
Seats
5

2011 Ford Taurus
ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,089

MPG
17-28
Seats
5

2010 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan


The 2010 Ford Taurus is an all-new model that is laden with high-tech features like adaptive cruise control, push-button start, blind spot information system, and massaging multi-contour front seats. The 2010 model year also marks the return of the performance-oriented Taurus SHO, which receives a sport-tuned suspension.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $12,180

MPG
16-28
Seats
5

2009 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan


The 2009 Ford Taurus hails from the fifth generation of this vehicle.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $7,302

MPG
17-28
Seats
5

2008 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan


When safety, good looks, and a substantial powertrain top your priorities, kconsider the 2008 Ford Taurus X.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,832

MPG
17-28
Seats
5

2006 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan


The 2006 Ford Taurus also continues to endure with its strong safety reputation and IIHS ?Best Pick? label.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,816

MPG
20-27
Seats
5-6

2005 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 2005 Ford Taurus has a sedan body style that is available in two sub-models.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,491

MPG
20-27
Seats
5-8

2004 Ford Taurus
ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,981

MPG
19-27
Seats
5-6

2003 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The Ford Taurus is one of the few American-built midsize cars on the market.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,601

MPG
19-28
Seats
5-6

2002 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,461

MPG
19-28
Seats
5-8

2001 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The Ford Taurus has long been a leader in the midsize family sedan market segment.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,283

MPG
18-27
Seats
5-6

2000 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


Every year it seems that the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Taurus are in competition for the title, ""best-selling car in America.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,131

MPG
19-28
Seats
5-6

1999 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,106

MPG
16-28
Seats
5

1998 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 1998 Ford Taurus is a midrange passenger vehicle that strikes a good balance between cost, performance, and comfort.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,031

MPG
17-28
Seats
5-6

1997 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 1997 Ford Taurus provides a front-drive, four-door sedan or wagon that marked one of the best-selling cars in the 1990s.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,781

MPG
17-28
Seats
5-6

1996 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


Significant upgrades for the 1996 Ford Taurus make it sleeker, more powerful, and more reliable than past models.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,671

MPG
17-29
Seats
5-6

1995 Ford Taurus

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 1995 Ford Taurus is a midrange passenger vehicle that strikes a good balance between cost, performance, and comfort.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,671

MPG
18-29
Seats
5-6

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