2017 Ford Taurus

#27
in Fullsize sedans
2017 MODEL
$27,345 - $38,705 See Inventory Prices

6.7

Overall Rating

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Ford Taurus is has been in production since last two decades. The current, 6th generation is in its eighth year of production. As there are more cars to compete in the premium sedan category, 2018 Ford Taurus is having some hard time.

The standard 3.5L V6 engine delivers an impressive 288 horsepower. If that is less for you, there is a Taurus SHO which is suited for spirited driving with its 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine. The standard 2.0L engine in the Taurus is capable for daily driving scenarios. Taurus comes with a standard six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

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Pros

Powerful V6 engine

Available in both FWD and AWD

Smooth and Quiet Ride

Generous Trunk

Cons

Bulky size has a negative impact on ride handling

Cramped rear seats

Outdoor visibility is not great

What's New?

New Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Curve Control System

Sync 3 Interface

LCD Touchscreen

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27345

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu. in.

horsepower

288 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

254 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in. ventilated front disc/13.9 in. solid disc brakes

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

102.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

20.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

6700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/27 mpg

highway range

513 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Ford Taurus in Blue Jeans Metallic color  2017 Ford Taurus in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2017 Ford Taurus in Oxford White color  2017 Ford Taurus in White Gold Metallic color  2017 Ford Taurus in Shadow Black color
Blue Jeans Metallic

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Ratings

Features

5.8

Engine

5.3

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.5

Safety

7.8

Driving

6.8

Comfort

6.9

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Ford Taurus SE

SE

power
288 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
21 combined

$27,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $27,345 MSRP (18/21/27) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Ford Taurus SEL

SEL

power
288 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
21 combined

$29,775 - $31,625


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $29,775 MSRP (18/21/27) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
SEL 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $31,625 MSRP (17/19/24) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Ford Taurus Limited

Limited

power
288 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
21 combined

$36,855 - $38,705


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $36,855 MSRP (18/21/27) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $38,705 MSRP (17/19/24) 288 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

6.7

Overall Rating


5.8/10
Features

 

5.3/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

6.5/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

The pricing starts at $27,345 and goes up to $38,705 for the AWD Limited trim. The 2017 Ford Taurus has many qualities that you expect from a large sedan, such as a smooth ride, a spacious interior, and a generous cargo hold.

2017 Ford Taurus Features

5.8/10

The trims available for the 2017 Ford Taurus premium sedan remains unchanged when compared to the 2016 year model of the car. You get the SE as the base trim. You have then the SEL and Limited trims available with a few extra features than the base model.

Trim SE SEL Limited
MSRP

 

(FWD)

$27,345 $29,775 $36,855
MSRP

 

(AWD)

N/A $31,625 $38,705
Key

 

Features

  • SYNC Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System with 4.2" color LCD screen in center stack, 911 Assist, AppLink, and 1 smart-charging USB port
  • AM/FM stereo/single-CD player with MP3 capability and 6 speakers
  • Mirror and Day/night rearview
  • Remote Keyless Entry System with integrated keyhead transmitter remotes
  • Headlamps Halogen projector-beam
  • Mirrors- Black power side view

All of SE plus including -

  • Display, Compass and outside temperature

All of SEL plus including -

  • SYNC 3 which includes 8" color LCD capacitive touchscreen in center stack with swiping capability, 911 Assist, AppLink, and 2 smart-charging USB ports
  • Audio System from Sony with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics technology and HD Radio Technology
  • Steering wheel Leather-wrapped with wood accent
  • Power windows with global open and one-touch-up/ -down for driver and front passenger

At last you have the SHO trim of the Ford Taurus which is essentially the performance trim of the car with an EcoBoost engine producing 365 horsepower with the same 3.5L V6 engine, but EcoBoost SHO trim comes with a starting price of $42,520. Other trims with their pricing and features are listed below.

2017 Ford Taurus Engine

5.3/10

Ford Taurus is powered by a 3.5 Liter Ti-VCT V6 engine that churns out 288 horsepower. This engine won't satisfy your speeding thrills but it is well equipped to take care of your daily driving. All the power is channeled via 6-speed automatic transmission to AWD that powers all the wheels.

Models Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S
MSRP $27,345 $32,340 $31,990 $32,910
Engine 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 3.6L V6 24V VVT 3.3L GDI V6 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6
Transmission 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic CVT automatic
Horsepower 288 hp @ 6500 rpm 292 hp @ 6350 rpm 290 hp @ 6400 rpm 300 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 254 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 253 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm 261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

The competition seems to be packing some extra power under the hood for that extra price premium. Nissan Maxima produces the segment best- 300 horsepower from its 3.5 Liter engine. And the competition utilizes 8-speed automatic as standard transmission while Ford uses a 6-speed automatic.

Acceleration

Powered by the 3.5L V6, Ford Taurus sedan does a 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. The engine is tuned to provide the entirety of its torque output at 4000 rpm. The 6.5 seconds of 0-60 time is something you will find average in this segment.

Models Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec 6.6 sec 6.5 sec 5.8 sec
Quarter mile 15.1 sec 15.2 sec 14.8 sec 14.3 sec
Engine 3.5L 3.6L 3.3L 3.5L
Emission

 

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

8.4 7.6 7.6 7.1

Owing to its lighter curb weight and more horsepower, the Nissan Maxima S rushes to 60 mph within 5.8 seconds. It is closely followed by Taurus and Cadenza's 6.5 seconds 0-60 mph while the Chrysler 300 is the slowest to reach the 60 mph marker.

Ride and Handling

The ride quality offered by Ford Taurus is comfortable. Taurus is a big luxury sedan and it lives up to its name by offering optimal comfort while riding. Taurus is easily maneuverable at a lower speed while the steering weighs up as the speed increases. Taurus grips very well on the roads and the steering offers good on-center feedback to the driver.

Braking

The Ford Taurus comes with the large brake calipers with the size of 13.9 inches at the front and 13.6 inches at rear wheels. The Taurus is expected to perform well in braking.

Model Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S
Brake Front (in.) 13.9 12.6 12.6 12.6
Brake Rear (in.) 13.6 12.6 11.8 12.1
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3917 4029 3633 3478
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A 120 120 125

The competition does manage to pull off good braking performance. Both Kia and Chrysler decelerate from 60 mph to a standstill within 120 feet. The Nissan Maxima S takes 125 feet to achieve a similar feat.

2017 Ford Taurus Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Ford Taurus offers a combined mileage of 21 mpg. These number might upset a few but the naturally aspirated Ti-VCT engine isn't frugal enough to beat the likes of Chrysler 300, Kia Cadenza and Nissan Maxima.

Model Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S
MPG (city) 18 19 20 21
MPG (highway) 27 30 28 30
MPG (combined) 21 23 23 25

2017 Ford Taurus Interior

7.0/10

The 2017 Ford Taurus' interior features an attractive dual-cowl design that flows seamlessly down into the center stack and console below. The materials quality feels dated compared to that of newer competitors, but the available Sync 3 system offsets that impression by virtue of its large 8-inch central touchscreen and the pair of smaller displays in the instrument cluster. -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Ford Taurus is your standard 5-seater premium sedan with the room for 3 persons at the rear. The comfort for the driver and front passenger is excellent. But things get a little tight on the back. Because if the shorter wheelbase the car doesn't leave much legroom for rear passengers.

Model Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.0/57.9/41.9 38.6/59.5/41.8 40.2/58.3/45.5 39.4/56.7/45.0
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/56.9/38.1 37.9/57.7/40.1 37.9/56.5/37.2 36.7/55.7/34.2

Interior Features

The 2017 Ford Taurus is full of features in the inside cabin. You get all that you paid for, the real leather seats and the option to opt for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Some of these features are:

  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Leather seats
  • Cooled Driver Seat
  • Power Driver and front Passenger seats
  • Bucket Seats
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel with controls
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Small cabin under the Arm Rest housing USB ports

Infotainment System

2017 Ford Taurus comes with the Sync 3 voice-activated interface which is much loved by Ford owners. The infotainment system also offers the following features:

  • SYNC 3 Voice-Activated Technology
  • BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • SiriusXM and SiriusXM Travel Link
  • 2 x USB ports
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Premium Sound System
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Smart Device Integration
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 4.2" LCD Screen for SE and SEL trim
  • 8" LCD Capacitive touchscreen for the Limited trim

Cargo Capacity

The Ford Taurus offers the best in segment rear cargo space of 20.1 cu-ft. The cargo bay can accommodate your bags for long weekend trips without any fuss. Taurus' cargo space is followed by Chrysler's 16.3 cu.-ft., Kia's 16.0 cu.-ft. and Nissan Maxima S' least in segment 14.3 cu.-ft.

Model Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 20.1 16.3 16.0 14.3

2017 Ford Taurus Exterior

6.5/10

The Ford Taurus doesn't attempt to hide its size, but rather make the most of it. With 112 inches between the wheels, it adds more than 80 inches of front and rear overhangs to help it achieve a lower, sleeker profile. That's compounded with sharp exterior lines and defined haunches that aren't unattractive, but they are old now. Compared to other, sleeker full-sizers, the Taurus doesn't cut the same impressive shape it once did. -TheCarConnection

Dimensions and Weight

The Taurus wears a sleek design language. But when we compare Taurus with its competition, we find it is longer, wider and a bit higher than its competition. Taurus is almost 10 inches longer than the Nissan Maxima S. But when it comes to the wheelbase it is 8 inches shorter than the Chrysler. This is one of the major reasons that the rear seats in the Taurus feel too uncomfortable for adult passengers.

Model Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S
Curb weight (lbs.) 3917 4029 3633 3478
Length(in) 202.9 198.6 195.7 192.8
Width(in) 76.2 75.0 73.6 73.2
Height(in) 60.7 58.4 57.9 56.5
Ground clearance (in) 5.1 4.7 6.4 5.3
Wheelbase (in) 112.9 120.2 112.4 109.3
Track width (in) F/R 65.3/65.5 63.4/63.8 63.3/63.6 62.4/62.4

Exterior Features

The 2017 Ford Taurus is a well-equipped car. Some of them are:

  • Sun/Moon Roof
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Performance Tires
  • Compact Spare Tire
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Backup Camera

2017 Ford Taurus Safety

7.8/10

Ford Taurus has received an overall 5-star safety rating from NHTSA.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Ratings Out of 5 Stars

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Ratings

Small overlap front driver side Acceptable
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Basic
Headlights Poor
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

Safety Features

The Ford Taurus is equipped with a long list of standard safety features.

  • Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare)
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Emergency trunk release
  • LATCH - Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children
  • AdvanceTrac electronic stability control and Curve Control
  • Airbags-Safety Canopy System with side-curtain airbags and rollover sensor
  • Airbags-Personal Safety System for driver and front passenger includes dual-stage front airbags, safety belt pretensioners, safety belt energy-management retractors, safety belt usage sensors, driver's seat position sensor, crash severity sensor, restraint control module, and Front-Passenger Sensing System

2017 Ford Taurus Competition

Ford Taurus Sedan vs Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus are similar in many aspects. Both of these sedans are similar in size and are powered by a V6 engine. But the Chrysler 300 comes with a 3.6L engine and offers a marginal increase in power.

Ford Taurus Sedan vs Kia Cadenza

Kia's Cadenza is costlier than the Ford but offers similar performance. But the Ford Taurus has been in the production for almost a decade and it has aged significantly. The Cadenza has received a major refresh and comes packed with a lot of standard features. The Cadenza is a better choice if luxury is more important for you.

When things come down to Maxima vs Taurus. The former is lighter, quicker and more powerful. But the Taurus does pack a lot of features on the inside. Taurus get features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also features Ford's advanced voice-activated SYNC 3 system. And if you decide to go for the SHO trim, then the Taurus packs more horsepower under the hood.

2017 Ford Taurus Final Verdict

Ford's premium sedan, Taurus, for the year 2017 doesn't bring any major changes. It is powered by the previous year's engine. This 3.5 Liter Ti-VCT engine is tuned for 288 hp. The Taurus has been in production for almost a decade and the competition with their newer cars outclass the Taurus.

One thing where the Ford Taurus really shines is its safety. Ford Taurus tops the charts when it comes to safety and that is a major reason for choosing this car. The Taurus has enough cargo space for your shopping trips and those long weekend getaways. The Ford Taurus is a good cruiser. The engine has enough oomph to take care of daily driving requirements.