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.