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.
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
|Engine||Regular Unleaded V-6|
|Horsepower @RPM||288 @ 6500|
|Fuel Type||Sequential MPI|
|Body type||4dr Car|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Transmission Type||6-Speed A/T|
|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.
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.
|Engine: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 (FFV)|
|Transmission: 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic -inc: sport mode and shifter button activation,|
|2.77 Axle Ratio|
|58-Amp/Hr 540CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection|
|Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers|
|Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars|
|Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering|
|71.9 L Fuel Tank|
|Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher|
|Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs|
|Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs|
|4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist|
|Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential|
|Wheels: 17" Painted Aluminum|
|Tires: P235/60R17 AS BSW (T-Rated)|
|Aluminum Spare Wheel|
|Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo|
|Body-Coloured Front Bumper|
|Body-Coloured Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent|
|Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim|
|Body-Coloured Door Handles|
|Black Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding|
|Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster|
|Light Tinted Glass|
|Variable Intermittent Wipers|
|Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip|
|Fully Galvanized Steel Panels|
|Trunk Rear Cargo Access|
|Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off|
|Radio: AM/FM Single CD/MP3 Capable -inc: 6 speakers (4 channel) and audio input jack|
|Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System|
|Window Grid Antenna|
|2 LCD Monitors In The Front|
|Cloth Bucket Front Seats w/Cloth Back Material and Manual Driver Lumbar|
|6-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt, Manual Recline and Manual Lumbar Support|
|6-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt, Manual Recline and Manual Lumbar Support|
|60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat|
|Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column|
|Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer|
|Power Rear Windows|
|5 Person Seating Capacity|
|Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button|
|Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch|
|Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls|
|Manual Air Conditioning|
|HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts|
|Illuminated Locking Glove Box|
|Driver Foot Rest|
|Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents|
|Full Cloth Headliner|
|Cloth Door Trim Insert|
|Urethane Gear Shift Knob|
|Day-Night Rearview Mirror|
|Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination|
|Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets|
|Front And Rear Map Lights|
|Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting|
|Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats|
|Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim|
|Cargo Space Lights|
|FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate|
|Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins|
|Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down|
|Delayed Accessory Power|
|Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature|
|Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints|
|Front Centre Armrest and Rear Centre Armrest|
|2 Seatback Storage Pockets|
|Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer|
|3 12V DC Power Outlets|
|AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control (ESC)|
|ABS And Driveline Traction Control|
|Side Impact Beams|
|Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags|
|Low Tire Pressure Warning|
|Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags|
|Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags|
|Airbag Occupancy Sensor|
|Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute|
|Rear Child Safety Locks|
|Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Centre 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners|