Designed to conquer an endless highway, the large sedan emphasizes premium feeling on passenger space and comfort. The 2018 Ford Taurus is a member of this class, but its weight and outdated cabins make rivals look more attractive.
Of course the 2018 Ford Taurus offers plenty of leg room and headroom throughout the cabin. It also has one of the largest baggage in the class. The Taurus quiet ride brings passengers comfortably, whether you are on a broken city street or driving on an open road. The 2018 Ford Taurus ultimate trip vehicle, with plenty of space and storage for four passengers.
But all vehicles in this class will do the same, and with more upscale styles. Despite receiving many improvements over the years, the current generation of Taurus has been on sale since 2010. And despite the addition of the Sync 3 infotainment interface, the cabin looks outdated compared to newer competitors. It feels awkward when you driving around tight turns, and unless you choose a high performance SHO model, the V6 is flagging. It’s not powerful enough to move this large sedan with ease.
Anyway, the 2018 Ford Taurus will adequately meet your needs. But if you look deeper, you might find that Taurus’s rivals are more interesting.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Ford Taurus is a large five-passenger sedan available in four trim levels: the base SE, SEL, Limited and high-performance SHO.
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Standard features for the base SE include automatic headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, an exterior keyless-access keypad, a rearview camera, a driver information display, six-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustment and manual recline, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a 4.2-inch central display, Bluetooth, Sync voice controls, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports and a CD player.
The 2018 Ford Taurus SEL adds rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, body-color heated mirrors with puddle lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, upgraded cloth upholstery and interior trim, satellite radio (optional on the SE). Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available as a stand-alone option.
Optional for the SEL is the Equipment Group 201A options package, that adds keyless ignition and entry, the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, an additional center speaker for the audio system.
The 2018 Ford Taurus Limited gets the Equipment Group 201A content along with automatic high-beam control, 19-inch alloy wheels, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, automatic wipers, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, heated and ventilated 10-way power front seats, power-adjustable pedals, heated second-row seats, leather upholstery, ambient interior lighting, a premium Sony audio system with HD radio and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Optional for the 2018 Ford Taurus Limited is the Driver Assist package, which adds a forward collision warning system, an automated parallel parking system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention. Stand-alone options for the SEL and Limited include a rear spoiler, 20-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system and a sunroof.
The 2018 Ford Taurus SHO gets most of the Limited equipment plus black exterior trim, exclusive 20-inch wheels, all-wheel drive, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, a sport-tuned suspension, dual exhaust tips, xenon headlights, a rear spoiler, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, unique leather upholstery and interior trim.
Most Limited options are available for the SHO, along with the SHO Performance package that adds special steering tuning, upgraded brake pads, summer performance tires, a revised final-drive ratio for quicker acceleration, stiffer suspension tuning, an enhanced stability control system with a Track mode and simulated suede trim on the steering wheel.
The 2018 Ford Taurus comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front wheels drive are standard, while all-wheel drive available as options on the SEL and Limited. EPA fuel economy estimates for Taurus FWD at 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway), while all-wheel drive drops fuel economy numbers to 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway).
The high-performance SHO is powered by a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that generates 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard. In performance testing, the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, which is competitive time. EPA fuel economy estimated at 19 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway).
The 2018 Ford Taurus interior has a double veil attractive design that flows seamlessly into the central stack and console underneath. The quality of the material feels outdated compared to its newer competitors, but its impressive Sync 3 system with a large 8 inch center touchscreen and a pair of small displays on the instrument cluster. The Sync 3 system is easy to use and support the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone application integration systems.
The front and rear seats are spacious, with plenty of headroom and leg room even in the backseat. Unfortunately, the combination of the prominent dashboard, thick roof pillar and the relatively small window limit the visibility and make the interior feel narrower than it really is. At the back, the 2018 Ford Taurus has a large trunk space, with a very practical 20.1 cubic feet. The 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks allows for expanded luggage if urgent need.
Release Dates and Price
There is still no word when the Taurus will release, but it should hit the market by the end of 2017. The base SE trim starts at $28,470 (include the $875 destination fee). The SEL trim starts at $30,900, add $1,850 if you pick the all-wheel drive. Moving up to the Limited trim raises the Taurus price to $37,980. The SHO is the range-topping Taurus trim and is priced at $43,645.