2016 Ford Taurus Review

There's a lot to like with the Ford Taurus. The full-size sedan provides powerful performance with its stable of engines. It's sure-footed on the road especially with available all-wheel drive (AWD). The interior wouldn't be out of place in a more costly vehicle and there's a jaw-dropping 569 litres of roomy goodness underneath the trunk lid.

2016 Ford Taurus Trim Levels

Buyers of the 2016 Ford Taurus have a choice of four trim levels, three engines and either front- or the above mentioned AWD. A rear view camera system comes standard on all models. Push-button ignition and keyless entry are now found on the Taurus SEL. Both the luxurious Limited and sporty SHO come with power-adjustable pedals among the long list of standard equipment as well as SYNC 3, the automaker's latest version of its robust telematics and infotainment system.

Features and Conveniences

The four trim levels built off a feature-rich base which comes with such mechanics as four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, torque vectoring control and electric power steering. The Taurus seats up to five with a 60/40 split-fold/rear row. Conveniences are numerous and range from power door locks, a capless fuel filler, solar-tinted glass to three 12-volt powerpoints just to name a few. In safety, all models come with side-curtain airbags, dual-stage front airbags, a rearview camera and an SOS post-crash alert system that'll immediate notify first responders even if the passengers are incapacitated.

Customization Available

The SE is the entry trim into the lineup. It builds on the above base with power front row seats, power windows, keyless entry via a fob and a basic SYNC infotainment system. The SEL is the mid-level trim. It comes with such exclusive items as a reverse sensing system, remote start and its own cloth upholstery. Buyers can further customize these trims with available packages like the Equipment Group 201A.

The luxurious Limited comes standard with AWD. The above mention SYNC 3, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup, push-button ignition and a 12-speaker audio system all come standard. Buyers who want even more features should look at the Equipment Group 301A and its heated steering wheel or the Driver Assist Package which comes with active park assist and lane-keeping assist systems just to name a few.

Ford Taurus Performance

The SHO is based off the Limited. It carves its own unique niche with a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension system and "SHO" emblems and badging. A SHO Performance Package turns this already impressive sporty sedan into a curve-carver of the road.

A 3.6-liter V-6, a 2.0-liter turbo-charged inline-4 and a 3.5-liter V-6 turbo are available. All are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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