Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Virtually Unchanged, the 2015 Ford Taurus is Still a Force




As the full-sized sedan offering from Ford, the Taurus offers a great name and a full array of features and equipment to enjoy.  As the oldest name I the segment, it has built a reputation of being a very popular car for many owners to fully enjoy.  By adding a bit of technology, and colors, the Taurus easily keeps up with the competition to come in once again as a great car for a family, or daily commuter whichever is needed.

Competing in a class that includes the Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon and Dodge Charger, the Taurus has to work extra hard to keep up with these namesakes, but does so in a classic and trustworthy fashion that keeps it at the top of the list year after year.  The Taurus offers more options for engine choices and comes with exceptional technology.  Offering plenty of cargo space and a very enjoyable drive, the Taurus is a car that is both easy to love and great to use for vacations, daily commuting, or any other driving that needs to be done.

Adding a rearview camera and For Sync as standard features for the SE model, the Taurus is otherwise unchanged from last year.  Offering a quiet and comfortable ride for driver and passengers, the Taurus is easy to enjoy and handles expertly.  This is achieved through a very highly tuned suspension and steering systems that respond very well to all inputs and handles the road imperfections with ease.  This allows all occupants to enjoy the ride which is also one of the quietest on the road.  Through the advanced noise reducing technology, the Taurus keeps road noises on the outside and musical selections on the inside of the vehicle.

Powering this longstanding great name in full-sized sedans begins with the 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers 288 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque.  Partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission this powertrain can achieve a fuel economy of 19 city/29 hwy mpg for the front-wheel drive models and 18 city/ 26 hwy mpg for the all-wheel drive versions.  This allows even the base model on the Taurus to be a well-designed and powerful engine that offers a decent amount of fuel efficiency.

The second engine offered is a 2.0- liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine in the EcoBoost models that offers 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.  Paired with the same six-speed transmission, this powertrain is only offered as a front-wheel drive option and comes in with 22 city/32 hwy mpg fuel efficiency numbers to please the gas saving crowd.

The beast of the bunch is in the form of a 3.5-liter direct injected twin-turbocharged V6 offered for the SHO models.  This engine brings power with 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque for power hungry shoppers to enjoy.  Matched up with the six-speed transmission, this power pairing brings in decent fuel numbers with 17 city/25 hwy mpg.  This powertrain is offered only as an all-wheel drive model and really brings the power and excitement not offered on the other models.

The interior of the Taurus offers plenty of room to be enjoyed and is equipped with front seats that actually offer a massage for relief of back fatigue that can be experienced from long drives.  All controls are well-positioned and the materials used allow the Taurus to feel very much like a luxury vehicle.  A voice command system is available to offer even more control than ever before and allows the driver to keep their eyes on the road while making adjustments to the audio or navigation systems.

On the outside the Taurus is a long sedan that offers an imposing stance and great lines all across the vehicle.  With a nicely shaped hood and good angles from hood to roof, the Taurus is an easy car to enjoy and is very handsome on the road.  The front of the vehicle is a well-designed horizontal grill with the Ford oval in front and LED wrap around headlights that make it easier to see at night as well as offer great looks to start the angles to the rear.  The finishing touch is captured with the many-spoked wheels that finish off the great looks of the vehicle.

Starting at the base SE sedan, the Taurus offers standard equipment that includes a backup camera, Ford’s Sync integrated music and phone system, a tilt/telescoping steering wheels, a power driver’s seat, steering wheel mounted controls for cruise and audio, power windows, Ford’s programmable MyKey system, a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary jack, electronic traction and stability control, dual front airbags, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags.  All of this is in place to ensure even the base Taurus model is one that will be enjoyed by a very large crowd.

Optional features for the Taurus SEL, Limited, and SHO models include a power moon roof, keyless entry, push button starting, massaging front seats, automatic high beam headlights, a heated steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, a collision warning system, a twelve-speaker premium Sony audio system, a blind-spot information system, and cross traffic alerts.  With all these options in place the Taurus truly does reach up into the luxury models using great materials and easy to enjoy features to please just about any Taurus shopper.

The starting price for the base SE model with the 3.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive starts at $27,500, a great price for a great car.  The SEL comes in around $30,000 and the Limited starts around $35,000 to still offer easy to live with pricing for a great car to drive.  The EcoBoost power train adds about $1,000 to any price and all-wheel drive for the SEL and Limited adds about $1,900.  To obtain the performance powered SHO model of the Taurus owners will have to shell out $41,000 but is well worth the higher price for the added amount of performance to enjoy.

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