2014 Ford Taurus SE

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The 2014 Ford Taurus is the company’s largest sedan, offering an updated body, a plethora of special features and a set of reasonably powerful engines. The 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 is particularly impressive, being able to pump out 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The only real issue with this car is its subpar fuel economy – especially for a sedan – but that’s definitely not a deal breaker.




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The 2014 Ford Taurus is the company’s largest sedan that offers the kind of comfort and heft its fans have come to expect. This year’s model doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, mostly relying on the updates that have been added last year, but it’s still a slightly different car from what you saw in 2013.

One look at the Taurus’ exterior body and you will know right away that this is one special car – since few other sedans look like it. First of all, it’s freakishly tall for a sedan, featuring wide doors, low roof along with a sloped windshield and back window. The fact that it has a low roof means that the rest of its body, including its wheels are abnormally big. The car also comes with a surprisingly large deck, which accommodates a 20-cubic-foot trunk that can fit in several hefty bags, if you need it to.

On the inside, the sedan justifies its outside largeness admirably, being able to seat five people in total. However, if you intend to take adults on a long trip – and have them remain comfortable – we suggest sticking in only four of them. Front-seat occupants also get massaging seats, which help over long-distance trips even more. And if that’s not enough – those seats come with heating and cooling.

Other notable special features include audio and navigation controls, which you can utilise either through the steering wheel or voice command. And since this is not a true family sedan, you get luxury options like automatic high-beam dimmers, Adaptive Cruise Control, power sunshade for the back window and blind-spot monitoring.

Under the hood, the 2014 Taurus offers a choice of three engines, two of which are 3.5-litre V6s and one is a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder. The first V6 can produce 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, while the second one – the twin-turbocharged SHO variant – will yield you 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, while benefitting from direct-injection technology. The four-cylinder engine can pump out 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Outside of the SE trim, all Taurus cars come with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, which allow manual control in the transmission. All the engines are paired with a six-speed automatic – with only the SE variant preventing manual shifting.

So, is the 2014 Ford Taurus a good car? Our answer is yes, but whether you want it or not will depend heavily on your preferences. Do you need a large sedan? Or can you get away with a smaller, family vehicle? We suggest you take this one for a ride and decide for yourself! Similar cars include Dodge Charger, Honda Accord and Nissan Maxima.

2014 Ford Taurus
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Rating: 7.9 / 10



Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
SE$28,999 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SEL FWD$34,199 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SEL AWD$36,599 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Limited AWD$42,199 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SHO$47,299 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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General Specs

Engine 3.5000 L
Horsepower @RPM288
Fuel TypeUnleaded
Body typeSedan
Number of Doors4
Passenger5
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Power and Performance:

The 2014 Taurus is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift button on the console shifter and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is available as an option on the SEL and Limited models. EPA fuel economy stands at 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. Opting for AWD drops those numbers to 18/26/21.

Optional on the SE, front-drive SEL and Limited models is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's rated at 240 hp and a stout 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine is the fuel economy leader, earning EPA estimates of 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway and, most notably, an impressive 26 mpg combined.

The Taurus SHO gets a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic with shift paddles are standard. In Edmunds performance testing, the Taurus SHO went from zero to 60 in a quick 5.8 seconds. Fuel economy ratings for the SHO are 17/25/20.

Originally appeared on Edmunds.

Interiors and Special Features:

The Ford Taurus for 2014 is equipped to carry five, but four adults would be the prime number for comfort over long distances. The driver and front passenger can enjoy the available massaging seats, helping to negate back fatigue on long drives. Climate-controlled front seats providing both heating and cooling are also offered. Most of the Taurus audio and navigation controls can be operated via the steering wheel or by voice command. Further separating itself from the pedestrian family sedan, the 2014 Taurus offers such upscale options as automatic high-beam dimmers, Adaptive Cruise Control, blind-spot monitoring, and a power sunshade for the rear window.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Safety features:

While some of the more advanced safety features, like the lane-departure warning system, are only optional, the Taurus does have plenty of standard safety features on all trims—LED brakelights, automatic halogen headlights with washer, tire pressure monitor, antilock brakes, canopy system side curtain airbags and frontal and seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and passenger. Standard security features include illuminated entry, panic alarm and SecuriLock with ignition disable.

Originally appeared on Car Gurus.


Audio

Element antenna
Audio Connectivity: AUX jack
Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format)
6 speakers
Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted

Body Exterior

Chrome/bright trim around side windows

Brakes

4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)
Electronic brake distribution
ABS
Brake assist system

Bumpers

Painted front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Load restraint: hooks

Charges

Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,600.00

Convenience

Front and rear reading lights
Cargo area light
3 passenger assist handles
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
1 12V in front and rear
Cruise control
Remote control trunk/hatch release

Dimensions

External dimensions: overall length (mm): 5,154, overall width (mm): 1,936, overall height (mm): 1,542, wheelbase (mm): 2,868, front track (mm): 1,658, rear track (mm): 1,664 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 12,050
Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 569
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 991, rear headroom (mm): 960, front hip room (mm): 1,430, rear hip room (mm): 1,417, front leg room (mm): 1,064, rear leg room (mm): 968, front shoulder room (mm): 1,471, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,445 and interior volume (litres): 2,897

Doors

Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged
Body colour exterior door handles

Engine

Engine: 3.5L Duratec V 6 DOHC with VVT
Emissions data: CO2: 4,618 kg/yr

Engine Performance

Power: 288 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 254 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 11.6 ; highway= 7.2 ; combined= 9.6 ;

Fuel

Fuel system: multi-point injection
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)
Fuel tank: 72 litre capacity

Instrumentation

Low tire pressure monitor
Tachometer
Main dashboard display
Multi-function display screen 4.2
Service interval indicator

Interior Trim

Carpet floor mats
Luxury trim: chrome on shifter and alloy look on doors

Lights

LED brake lights and rear lights
Daytime running lights
Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens
Headlight control with dusk sensor

Locks

Digital keypad power locks ; speed sensing
Immobilizer

Paint

Metallic paint

Safety

Front side airbags
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
LATCH
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center
Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
Front to rear curtain airbags
2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats

Seats

Seat upholstery: cloth
Rear seats: split-folding bench with seating for three
Front driver seat : bucket with 3 power adjustments ; details: power height, power lumbar and power tilt, front passenger seat : bucket
Rear seat center armrest
Seating: 5 passengers
Front seat center armrest

Service

Intermediate service 16,000, 12, variable distance/period and 9,942
Main service

Steering

Vehicle speed proportional power steering type
Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment

Storage

Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Dashboard console, full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console

Suspension

Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs

Transmission

Transmission: SelectShift 6-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. shifter on floor
AdvanceTrac with ESC stability control
Front electronic limited slip differential
Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)
3.160:1 axle ratio
Front-wheel drive

Ventilation

Air conditioning
Ventilation system with cabin filter

Version

Date introduced: version: 16 Jan 2012 and model: 16 Jan 2012
4-door sedan
Powertrain type : combustion
Data completeness
Version information
Trim level: SE

Visibility

Driver and passenger door mirror: black, power adjustable
Rear window with defroster
Zone tinted windshield
Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows
Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe
Rear view mirror
Laminated side windows
Tinted glass

Warranty

Powertrain Warranty: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Whole vehicle warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Roadside assistance warranty: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km

Weights

Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,821

Wheels

Front and rear alloy wheels: 17"x 7.5"
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim
Front and rear all-season tires 235/60/T