The market of full-size sedans isn’t particularly overcrowded, yet, there are enough cars to pick from. Ford Taurus 2019 is a respectable, semi-comfortable, and reasonably-priced large sedan that is equally great for driving to work and taking your kids to school. Compared to Toyota’s Avalon, Taurus is a lot cheaper; Kia’s Cadenza is also a bit overpriced if you ask me.
While Chevy Impala is considered to be the most feature-packed model in this segment, it’s not that different from Ford’s full-sizer. The biggest downside of Taurus is the average interior (in all aspects). Plus, it feels heavier than its rivals and there isn’t as much space in the back as the average driver would want. Still, this is an excellent choice for 2019, and it’s got enough trumps up its sleeve.
Let us go ahead and talk about them all in more details.
Checking Out The Available Configurations. Pricing.
Ford Taurus 2019 is offered in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO.
SE can be yours for 27.8K US dollars, which, again, is quite an attractive price tag for a 5-seat sedan. The bad news is – it is kinda outdated, especially on the technological front. The same goes for the exterior: the 2019 model isn’t much different from the 2010 edition (that’s when the 6th generation was introduced).
On the other hand, there’s more space in the trunk than in any other full-size sedan on the market. SE is equipped with a 3.5-lit V6, good for 288 horses and 254 lb-ft, paired to a 6-speed (automatic) transmission. With this trim, you’ll get 18-inch wheels, folding back seats, Ford’s Sync voice controls system, a 4.2-inch display, a 6-speaker sound system, and more.
For dual-zone climate control, satellite radio, cloth upholstery (leather is also available as an option), and LED lights, you’ll need to upgrade to SEL (30.3K). The EQ 201A package will add keyless ignition/entry, a center speaker, Smartphone compatibility, and a bigger, 8-inch screen.
Limited costs 37.3K and is the most luxurious trim among the three.
Big, 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery heated front/ second-row seats, blind-spot monitoring, and HD radio with a high-quality Sony sound system are part of the deal. The Driver Assist package is all about safety. It adds FCW (forward collision warning), adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.
Is The SHO Trim Worth It?
The ultimate Ford Taurus 2019 package is called SHO, and it costs 43K, which is quite expensive.
So, the biggest question is – what is it all about? The biggest advantage of this configuration is, of course, the mighty turbocharged 3.5-lit V6, capable of 365HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it comes packed with a sport-tuned suspension, a spoiler, dual-exhaust tips, xenon headlights, and more.
SHO turns the somewhat boring Taurus into a sporty ride and dramatically improves steering. Finally, the owners of this trim can purchase the SHO Performance package that improves driving even further. With it, you’ll get better tires, advanced suspension tuning, quicker acceleration, more responsive steering, high-quality brake pads, and the Track mode (it’s a stability control system).
If you’ve got the money, Ford Taurus SHO will deliver the best experience. If not, well, you’ll be more than alright even with the most basic trim – SE.
Taking A Closer Look At The Interior
Here’s the deal with Taurus: if you’re a person with an average weight, you’ll fall in love with the interior of this car. Sadly, if you’re taller, the seating position will take all the fun out. The seats, in turn, are quite cushy, but they could use more lateral support. And I still can’t understand why the seats sit so high. If you’re taller than the usual person, you’ll have to “bend over” the dashboard.
The adjustable pedals are a great idea, but, again, tall people will feel like their knees are about to crush the screen and all the controls next to it. The unusually high rear seats aren’t all bad: they allow the passengers to almost walk into the car without feeling cramped up. The doors extend below the doorsills. That means your boots and pants won’t suffer much from bad weather.
Visibility, Comfort, And Controls
While on the road, you’ll feel totally comfy inside the car. Although Taurus is a pretty big vehicle, there’s enough control in the driver’s hands. Noise level is also good: you won’t hear the engine working, even when you push it to the limit.
As for the dashboard, it’s clear that Ford has never really planned for this model to become tech-friendly. Some of the newer knobs and buttons are located in weird spots, making it harder for you to reach them.
And, they don’t look particularly cool or fancy. Thanks to the high seats, front visibility is excellent. But, side visibility is terrible because of the thick pillars and the narrower side windows than in most cars.
The cabin isn’t particularly big, but the trunk is amazing. Overall, you’ll get 20 cubic feet of volume there, which beats Impala and Charger by a landslide.
Sync 3, the infotainment system built into Ford Taurus 2019, is a life savior. It’s fast, easy to use, and friendly. With the higher trims, the drivers can enjoy Smartphone connectivity. Voice controls also work properly and over time, you might learn to use them instead of the sloppy controls and fall in love with the car.
Taking It For A Spin
I already mentioned that Taurus doesn’t feel very good on the road.
It is big, slow, and won’t impress you with maneuverability, especially in those tight turns. Steering and handling aren’t the most important aspects of a family-friendly vehicle, but it definitely would’ve been nice to see all the basic models perform as SHO. I’d highly recommend using a test drive to see whether you like how it feels sitting behind the wheel or not.
It’s important to note that the average fuel consumption rate is the same as SE, SEL, and Limited. On the highways, Ford Taurus 2019 “eats up” 27mpg (miles per gallon); and, we have 18mpg in the city. With SHO, you’ll get 24hwy/16 city. For a car this big, those estimates are quite alright.
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