2019 Ford Taurus

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2019 MODEL
$27,800 - $39,160

5.3

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2019 Ford Taurus Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: November 6, 2019


Ford Taurus is the last large sedan by Ford in the US, and sadly, it's in its last production run. The US-based auto giant has decided to take a new direction and is shaping itself into a mobility company. The first step was to announce the cancellation of a majority of their current passenger car lineup. Taurus, Focus, and Fiesta, all are in their last generations. Dealerships are offering great discounts too, and if you want a good deal made better, then Ford is something to look at.

First produced in 1985, Ford Taurus was one of the biggest milestones by the automotive giant on the American shores. Now in its sixth generation, the Taurus feels somewhat, well, neglected. The interiors and exteriors have been the same since 2013, with only changes occurring to the engine. For 2019, there have been absolutely no changes to the car over the previous models Ford Taurus. Thankfully, it still looks handsome, and space inside, although not class-leading, is quite generous

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Pros

Comfortable ride

Largest trunk in the segment

Great mile muncher

All-wheel-drive system available

Cons

Bland and outdated interiors

Unimpressive handling (except for SHO)

All-round Visibility isn't too great

What's New?

No major changes as compared to the 2018 version


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

288 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

254 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.3/65.5

dimensions

wheelbase

112.9 in.

length

202.9 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

60.7 in.

curb weight

3917 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

20.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

494 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Ford Taurus in Black color  2019 Ford Taurus in Blue Metallic color  2019 Ford Taurus in Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2019 Ford Taurus in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2019 Ford Taurus in Magnetic Metallic color  2019 Ford Taurus in Oxford White color  2019 Ford Taurus in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2019 Ford Taurus in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color
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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

4.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

3.0

Safety

4.0

Final Verdict

5.3

5.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Ford Taurus SE

SE

power
288 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel
mpg
21 combined

$27,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $27,800 MSRP (18/21/26) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, flex-fuel
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Metallic
  Blue Metallic
  Oxford White

 2019 Ford Taurus SEL

SEL

power
288 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel
mpg
21 combined

$30,230 - $32,080


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $30,230 MSRP (18/21/26) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, flex-fuel
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SEL 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $32,080 MSRP (17/19/24) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, flex-fuel
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Ford Taurus Limited

Limited

power
288 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel
mpg
21 combined

$37,310 - $39,160


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $37,310 MSRP (18/21/26) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, flex-fuel
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $39,160 MSRP (17/19/24) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, flex-fuel
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

5.3

Overall Rating


The Ford Taurus is not a car you may see winning many awards. In terms of performance, the car doesn't feel that sporty even in the Sport mode. The 6-speed automatic transmission is just about average and less than 300 horsepower from a 3.5L V6 is not that impressive either. There have not been any major upgrades from the previous years, which has allowed rivals like the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord to catch up. Additionally, the Taurus is not as stylish as a Dodge Charger or as loaded as a Kia Optima. With several large-sized sedans at its toes, the Ford Taurus will have a hard time going out on a high note.

2019 Ford Taurus Front Three-Quarter View
2019 Ford Taurus Front Three-Quarter View
2019 Ford Taurus Rear Three-Quarter View
2019 Ford Taurus Rear Three-Quarter View

7.5/10
Features

 

4.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

3.0/10
Exterior

 

4.0/10
Safety

 
 

5.3/10
Final Verdict

 

2019 Ford Taurus Features

7.5/10

The 2019 Ford Taurus has 4 trim options. The engine in the SE, SEL, and Limited is a free-breathing 3.6-liter V6 with a 288 hp and 254 ft-lbs power and torque output. The SHO gets the same engine, but with breathing apparatus attached to it, and makes 365 horsepower. Both these engines use a six-speed automatic transmission and either a Front-wheel drive or an All-Wheel-drive setup.

Trim

SE

SEL

Limited

SHO

MSRP FWD

$27,800

$30,230

$37,310

-

MSRP AWD

-

$32,080

$39,160

$42,975

Key Features

Delayed Accessory Lighting

All features of SE with additions or replacements mentioned below

All features of SEL with additions or replacements mentioned below

All features of Limited with additions or replacements mentioned below

 

Manual-folding side view mirrors with integrated blind spot mirror

Heated, body-color, manual-folding side view mirrors with security approach lamps and integrated blind spot mirror

Chrome caps, heated, manual-folding, auto-dimming side view mirrors with security approach lamps and memory

Agate black, heated, manual-folding side view mirrors with security approach lamps and memory

 

Single zone climate control

Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control

Auto high beam headlamps and Supplemental parking lamps

High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps

 

Shift knob – With chrome insert

Shift knob – leather-wrapped with chrome insert

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 
 

Urethane-wrapped manual tilt/telescopic

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with manual tilt/telescopic

Heated Steering Wheel

 
 

Carpeted Front and Rear – Floor Mats

Reverse Sensing System

Branded Front Floor Mats

 
 

Cloth seating surfaces

Leather-Trimmed Seats with heated driver and front-passenger (Optional)

Perforated leather-trimmed seats

Perforated Leather-Trimmed Seats with SHO graphics

 

AM/FM stereo with single CD player with clock & MP3 capability

 

 Audio System from Sony with Clear Phase and Live Acoustic  
 

Six-way power driver and passenger seats with manual recline and lumbar

 

 10-way power driver and passenger seats  

We Recommend

Theoretically, there is a Taurus for every pocket. The Limited trim is a great choice as it improvest the most on the base SE without having to cost a small fortune. If you want an American alternative to the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, this is it.

2019 Ford Taurus Engine and Performance

4.0/10
"The 2019 Ford Taurus provides as close to a throwback to Detroit boulevardiers as we’re likely to see for a while." -The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Taurus is a lovely car with a lovely engine. It gets a 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated V6, which churns out a healthy 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. The SHO variant gets an EcoBoost 3.5 V6, which has turbos strapped to it for added power. The resultant 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque justify the SHO badge on the car (SHO stands for Super High Output).

The only transmission in the Taurus is a 6-speed automatic, with Front-wheel-drive setup as standard on all except the SHO, which only has an All-wheel-drive setup. You can also have All-wheel drive on the SEL and Limited variants for a premium of 1850 bucks.

Models

Ford Taurus SE sedan

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Honda Accord LX sedan

Toyota Camry L sedan

Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan

Kia Optima LX sedan

Chevrolet Impala LS sedan

Chrysler 300 Touring sedan

Dodge Charger SXT sedan

MSRP

$28,795

$26,190

$24,615

$24,765

$24,645

$23,820

$28,895

$30,390

$30,390

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

2.0 Liter Inline-4 Intercooled Turbo

1.5L Inline-4 Intercooled Turbo

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

288 hp@ 6500 rpm

174 hp@ 5000 rpm

192 hp@ 5500 rpm

203 hp@ 6600 rpm

188 hp@ 6000 rpm

185 hp@ 6000 rpm

197 hp@ 6300 rpm

292 hp@ 6350 rpm

292 hp@ 6350 rpm

Torque(lbs.-ft.)

254 @ 4000 rpm

184 @ 1500 rpm

192 @ 1600 rpm

184 @ 5000 rpm

180 @ 3600 rpm

178 @ 4000 rpm

191 @ 4400 rpm

260 @ 4800 rpm

260 @ 4800 rpm

For the competition, we have various sedans that cost anything between 24 and 30 grand. Power outputs are quite varied, ranging from under 180 HP to almost 300 HP. Due to this being a relatively luxurious segment, all these cars come fitted with automatic gearboxes.

Acceleration

Ford has an ample amount of power, but it's also extremely heavy. The weight affects the performance a lot, which isn’t much a problem since the Taurus never claimed to be a fast car. Its 7 second time for the 0-60 MPH run reflects that. There is no escaping the bulk of this car. The good thing, however, is that the V6 sounds good, without being deafeningly loud. People sitting inside can have a normal conversation if they wish to.

Models

Ford Taurus SE sedan

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Honda Accord LX sedan

Toyota Camry L sedan

Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan

Kia Optima LX sedan

Chevrolet Impala LS sedan

Chrysler 300 Touring sedan

Dodge Charger SXT sedan

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

5.7 sec

N/A

N/A

8.1 sec

8 sec

N/A

N/A

7 sec

Quarter mile

15.1 sec

14.3 sec

N/A

N/A

16.3 sec

16.2 sec

N/A

N/A

15.3 sec

Engine

3.5 Liter V6 Regular Unleaded

2.0 Liter Inline-4 Intercooled Turbo

1.5L Inline-4 Intercooled Turbo

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/year)

8.4

6.1

4.4

5.5

5.5

6.5

6.0

6.4

8.4

Ride and Handling

While the SHO is a good handler, we aren’t covering that car here. This review is primarily concerned with the non-SHO trims. Those have a soft suspension, being springy instead of spongy, which is fine for comfort but bad for cornering. The Taurus is best driven under a light throttle and on straight roads. Trying to extract cornering performance is a tedious task, especially with all its heft. Once again, there is no escaping the bulk of this car, but on the freeway, you’d feel more stable on the Taurus than any other car.

Braking

Here again, the weight is the downfall of the Ford sedan. You have a pair of large 13.9-inch discs in the front, and a pair of 13.6-inches in the back, working hard to shed speed on this 2-ton behemoth. The bulk, man! The bulk!

Model

Ford Taurus SE sedan

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Honda Accord LX sedan

Toyota Camry L sedan

Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan

Kia Optima LX sedan

Chevrolet Impala LS sedan

Chrysler 300 Touring sedan

Dodge Charger SXT sedan

Brake Front (in.)

13.9

12.3

11.5

12

11.7

12

12.6

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

10.7

11.1

11.1

11

11.2

12.4

12.6

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3917

3285

3131

3241

3212

3230

3219

4013

4020

2019 Ford Taurus Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The 3.5-liter engine is undercut in the economy department by the current crop of turbo inline-4s, especially the Japanese ones. Those engines claim a figure so high, the depleting oil reserves might actually last for quite some time. The Taurus isn’t very frugal but manages to hold just fine. It sips a single gallon for 16 miles in the city, while on the highway it sips one for every 26 miles.

Model

Ford Taurus SE sedan

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Honda Accord LX sedan

Toyota Camry L sedan

Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan

Kia Optima LX sedan

Chevrolet Impala LS sedan

Chrysler 300 Touring sedan

Dodge Charger SXT sedan

MPG (city)

18

25

30

29

28

24

22

19

19

MPG (highway)

26

36

38

41

39

33

29

30

30

MPG (combined)

21

29

33

34

32

27

25

23

23

Tank Capacity (gal)

19.0

18.5

14.8

14.5

16.2

18.5

18.5

18.5

18.5

2019 Ford Taurus Interior

6.0/10
"It [Ford Taurus] hasn’t been redesigned in nearly a decade, and that shows. Its interior feels and looks older than what you'll find with rivals." -Cars, US News

Seating and Comfort

The interiors in the 2019 Ford Taurus aren’t from 2019, but rather from the early 2010s. The design is extremely outdated. There is a good side to this however, a practical one. The interiors are quite spacious in the front and have a very neat look. An instrument cluster is a simple unit, with an extremely easy-to-read analog speedometer in the middle. There are color displays on both sides of the speedo, which show a plethora of information, including a tachometer, average fuel economy indicator, etc.

The front seats are extremely comfy and roomy, although the rear seats aren’t as spacious. If you have children, they’ll love the rear seats. This doesn’t mean that the rear is cramped, it just means that children are the target audience for the rear seats. Considering that the Taurus is a HUGE car, this is a little disappointing. The seats are really plush and comfy though, and the primary duty of ferrying people is handled well in this car.

Model

Ford Taurus SE sedan

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Honda Accord LX sedan

Toyota Camry L sedan

Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan

Kia Optima LX sedan

Chevrolet Impala LS sedan

Chrysler 300 Touring sedan

Dodge Charger SXT sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/57.9/44.2

38.3/56.9/42.4

39.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.2/58.2/43.8

39.8/58.1/45.5

39.9/57.9/45.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/56.9/39.8

37.8/57.0/39.1

37.3/56.5/40.4

38.0/55.7/38.0

36.9/57.1/35.2

37.8/56.4/35.6

37.4/56.9/39.8

37.9/57.7/40.1

36.6/57.9/40.1

Infotainment

Ford Taurus uses Ford’s signature Sync infotainment system, which is a very responsive unit and features a 4.2-inch color LCD screen in the center stack. Other standard infotainment features are as follows:

  • AM/FM Stereo/Single-CD/MP3 Capable
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
  • Window Grid Antenna
  • 6-speaker Audio system
  • SYNC Communications & Entertainment System
  • Enhanced voice recognition
  • Smart-charging USB port and auxiliary input jack
  • 2 LCD Monitors in the driver console

Cargo Capacity

You have a lot of cargo capacity in the Ford Taurus, including two sets of cup holders and a bin in the center console. The highlight of the car, however, is its trunk. Ford uses its large dimensions to expand the trunk space. The cargo capacity in the Taurus is not only great, but it’s also the best in the segment. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats help fit longer items too, like a surfboard. You can easily stow a full-size human inside, but you shouldn’t, because it's rude.

Model

Ford Taurus SE sedan

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Honda Accord LX sedan

Toyota Camry L sedan

Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan

Kia Optima LX sedan

Chevrolet Impala LS sedan

Chrysler 300 Touring sedan

Dodge Charger SXT sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

20.1

15.9

16.7

14.1

15.4

15.9

18.8

16.3

16.5

2019 Ford Taurus Exterior

3.0/10
"This generation Ford Taurus, which the 2019 model represents, dates back a decade. It hasn't received many updates either, other than a face-lift in 2013 and the adoption of the Sync 3 infotainment interface in 2016" .-Edmunds

Dimension and Weight

The dimensions of the Ford Taurus are huge, as stated earlier. On the outside, you can understand why the Taurus was a preferred cop car for many law enforcement officers. Its dimensions are intimidating, even when standing still. It's over 200 inches in length and even the width and height are a lot. It is easily the largest car in the segment, hence the bulk.

Muscling this car- yes, you have to muscle it, requires a lot of effort around town. The large dimensions aren’t suited to tight parking spots, or weaving to and fro in traffic.

Model

Chevrolet Impala
Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

N/A

3770

4140

4013

4020

Length(in)

201.3

195.7

202.9

198.6

198.4

Width(in)

73.0

73.6

76.2

75

75.0

Height(in)

58.9

57.9

60.7

58.7

58.2

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.4

5.1

N/A

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

111.7

112.4

112.9

120.2

120.2

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/62

63.1/63.4

65.3/65.5

63.4/63.8

63.4/63.8

Design and Styling

The Taurus hasn’t had a major design update in this entire decade. There was a minor one in 2013, which made the front and rear a bit more modern. This is in contrast to the German cars, which receive massive redesigns every few years. Ford followed the don’t-fix-what-isn’t-broken policy with the Taurus’s styling, and this is one of the few cars for which this works.

2019 Ford Taurus Safety

4.0/10

While the Ford Taurus is decidedly average, it does intend to keep its occupants safe in the event of a crash. Both the NHTSA and IIHS have given the 2019 Ford Taurus sedan respectable scores in terms of safety. The only area where there is a compromise in the chassis is the driver-side lower body. It was found that a collision in a Taurus would mean quite a lot of damage to the leg of the driver.

In terms of crash-prevention, the Taurus does next to nothing to intervene in case of an imminent collision. The halogen headlights struggle to provide a good view in murky conditions. Most of the systems assist with improving the control of the car at high speeds. You will not any advanced driver aids that are becoming something of a norm in most sedans today.

Safety Features

  • Air Bag-Frontal- Driver and Passenger
  • Air Bag-Side Body-Front
  • Air Bag-Side Head- Front and Rear
  • Driver and Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Child Safety Rear Door Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Traction Control
  • Stability Control
  • Active Park Assist
  • Collision Warning with Brake Support
  • Blind-Spot Information System

2019 Ford Taurus Competition

Ford Taurus vs Honda Accord

Honda Accord is the car that puts all other cars to shame. It is the segment leader in terms of price tag, space, practicality, drivability and fuel economy. Surprisingly it is smaller in exterior dimensions, but has more interior space than the Taurus! Taurus offers more road presence though, and dealerships are giving superb discounts on this car, and you can pick a 2019 Taurus for Accord money. There is another, better thing you can pick for Accord money though; a Honda Accord.

Ford Taurus vs Toyota Camry

Toyota does what Japanese manufacturers do best, build a cost-effective car that is designed to lead the segment. It may not be as popular as the Accord, but it is neck to neck with the Honda sedan. You can probably guess how it stacks against the Taurus.

Ford Taurus vs Chevrolet Impala

Ford vs Chevy, the age-old rivalry! Chevy offers more balanced engine options with its large sedan, one 2.5 inline, and the other a 3.6 V6. The smaller engine is less powerful, but quite efficient. The larger engine is quite a bit more powerful, at 305 horsepower. Ford has the Taurus SHO to answer for the latter, and has a much more powerful V6. It is also extremely pricey though, a little too much to be compared to the cars here.

2019 Ford Taurus Final Verdict

5.3/10

Ford Taurus is a good car, but not the best, not by a long shot. There is a reason Ford is discontinuing production of this car soon. There hasn’t been a proper upgrade to the car for over a decade. If you like the looks of the car, or if you bag a pretty sweet deal, or if you have a soft side for the brand, then by all means, go for it.