Ford Taurus Models and Taurus History

Ford Motor Company effectively reshaped the American family car when they presented the Taurus in 1986. The Ford Taurus successfully challenged the rising tide of import-branded sedans and remained a staple in the modern Ford line-up since its introduction. Undergoing a significant enhancement in 1992, a radical new shape of the Taurus was unveiled for the 1996 model year. Employing curved and oval-shaped details inside and out, the look of the 1996 to 1999 Ford Taurus line-up received mixed reaction. The oval-shaped radio unit proved problematic for the select group of buyers wanting to upgrade to an aftermarket stereo system.

 

Offered as a sedan or wagon body style, the 1998 Ford Taurus featured base power from a 3.0-liter V-6 or a 235-horsepower 3.4-liter V-8 propelling the SHO model. For 2000, the Taurus was restyled in a manner that filtered-out some of the oval-shaped interior and exterior design features that proved polarizing to potential buyers. Adopting headlamp housing more closely resembling the Focus, a flattened rear deck lid featured new taillights. The performance-rated Taurus SHO model did not return to the line-up for 2000. Attempting to remodel the brand based on model names starting with the letter F, the Five Hundred replaced the Taurus in 2005 as the family sedan flagship.

 

As sedan only, Ford Taurus remained in production for 2006 and 2007 with the final year reserved for fleet sales. Deciding to replace the Five Hundred nameplate in 2008, Ford gave the Taurus a second life as the brands flagship sedan. The 2008 Taurus was propelled by a 263-horsepower engine connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. For 2010, the Ford Taurus underwent a complete restyling and resurrected the SHO moniker for a version of the sedan powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine generating 365 horsepower.

New and Used Taurus Prices, Ford Taurus Model Years and History

The Taurus rolls into 2018 as one of the timeless centerpieces of the Ford fleet.
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The Taurus has remained a fan favorite over the years, and continues its tradition as one of the longest running models in Ford’s lineup.
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 4.5
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 3.5
Interior Comfort
 5.0
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 5.0
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 5.0
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 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

The iconic Ford Taurus is back for a new year with a long list of available options.
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Braking
 2.7
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 3.3
Acceleration
 3.3
Dependability
 3.3
Handling
 2.7
Ride Quality
 3.0
Overall Rating
 3.0

A flagship large sedan for the Ford brand, the 2015 Taurus offers the benefits of a roomy interior and power from an available Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine.
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 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.3
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
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 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
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 5.0

Fresh off of last year's update, the 2014 Ford Taurus is a class-leading full-size sedan that offers safety, advanced technology, and luxury car cabin quality.
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 4.0
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 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
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 4.0
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 4.0
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 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

The 2013 Ford Taurus is a full-size sedan available with optional AWD and a SHO trim level that yields 365 hp.
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 4.7
Fuel Economy
 3.5
Interior Comfort
 4.3
Acceleration
 4.2
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 4.2
Overall Rating
 3.8

A full-size sedan with seating for five, the 2012 Ford Taurus can be equipped with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
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 4.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
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 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

Redesigned and upgraded last year, the 2011 Ford Taurus is Ford's flagship sedan delivering outstanding style, performance, and safety for 5 passengers.
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 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.2
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 4.6
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.4
Overall Rating
 4.2

Numerous advanced features available in three trim levels takes the 2010 Ford Taurus to a new level of refinement.
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 4.0
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 2.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 3.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 1.0

A full-size sedan seating five passengers, the 2009 Ford Taurus is an old reliable, with spaciousness and safety to boot.
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Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

A mid-size, five-passenger sedan, the 2008 Ford Taurus receives some exterior visual upgrades for the new model year.
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Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 3.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

While the long-running Taurus name will be excluded from the retail lineup of Ford Motor Company, the 2007 Ford Taurus will continue to be offered as a fleet or commercial vehicle.
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 3.0
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 3.0
Interior Comfort
 3.0
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 4.0
Dependability
 4.0
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 3.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

No longer available as a wagon, the 2006 Ford Taurus is strictly a five-passenger sedan entering its final year of production.
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Braking
 3.0
Fuel Economy
 3.5
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 3.0
Dependability
 3.5
Handling
 3.0
Ride Quality
 3.5
Overall Rating
 3.5

A mid-size five-passenger car, the 2005 Ford Taurus is available as a sedan or a wagon.
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Braking
 3.5
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 4.5
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 3.5
Ride Quality
 3.5
Overall Rating
 4.0

A mid-size five-passenger car, the 2004 Ford Taurus is available as a wagon or a sedan and has received updates to its exterior styling front and rear.
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 4.0
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 3.0
Interior Comfort
 4.3
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 4.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.3
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

The 2003 Ford Taurus is a mid-size car with seating for up to six passengers and it is available as a sedan or a wagon for more rear cargo room.
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 4.0
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 3.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
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 4.0
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 4.0
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 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
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 4.0

A mid-size car with optional seating for up to six, the 2002 Ford Taurus is available as a mid-size sedan or wagon.
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 4.0
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 3.5
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 3.5
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 3.5
Overall Rating
 3.5

A mid-size car with seating for up to six passengers thanks to an optional front bench seat, the 2001 Ford Taurus is available as a sedan or a wagon.
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A familiar mid-size sedan with an unfamiliar new look is the form of the redesigned 2000 Ford Taurus, a mid-size five passenger car available as a sedan or a wagon.
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 3.8
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 4.0
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 4.0
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 3.8
Dependability
 4.0
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 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 3.8

The 1999 Ford Taurus is a mid-size, five-passenger car available as a sedan or wagon, and it is also offered as the sporty SHO V8.
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