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A fun and stylish full-size sedan.

2019 Ford Taurus Review | CarMax

The 2019 Ford Taurus is a full-size five-passenger sedan that comes with tons of standard features and loads of optional extras to satisfy any buyer. Check out the well-equipped base SE trim, the upgraded SEL, luxury-focused Limited, or the sports-sedan SHO with its standard 365-hp twin-turbo engine and all-wheel drive (AWD).

With a variety of trim levels, the Taurus has continued to deliver full-size practicality and fun for decades. This 2019 Ford Taurus review will give you all the key information on the 2019 version of this popular full-size sedan:

Key Specs & Features (2019)

  • Standard 3.5L V6 with 288 hp on SE, SEL, and Limited trims, plus standard 365-hp 3.5L twin-turbo V6 on the SHO trim.
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert and AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control is standard across all Taurus models.
  • All trim levels get great interior features like six-way power driver and front-passenger seats, power windows, remote keyless entry, and SYNC® voice recognition communications and entertainment system.
  • Full-size sedan layout features loads of passenger and trunk space.

Rankings

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Is That The Base Model?

2019 Ford Taurus Review: Front Seats | CarMax

Choose the base 2019 Taurus SE and you'll be pleasantly surprised at what comes standard, such as six-way power driver and passenger seats, and that's just the beginning. The front-wheel-drive SE also features remote keyless entry, power windows, and the SYNC® Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System, all as standard equipment.

2. Time To "SHO" Off!

Opt for the 2019 Ford Taurus SHO, short for "Super High Output," and experience a true sports sedan. With a twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost® engine putting out 365 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, you'll get the optimal driving performance you're looking for. That is all on top of standard AWD, a sport-tuned suspension, and performance brakes. It all adds up to a thrilling driving experience.

3. Loads of Space

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A full-size, five-passenger car means you should expect full-size measurements. The Taurus doesn't disappoint with regard to space. Look for 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space so you can haul five friends' belongings along with hauling five friends. Those friends will ride in style with 102.2 cubic feet of passenger volume and optional luxury features like power seats, leather interior, and much more!

2019 Ford Taurus Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

4. Powerful Engine Choices

2019 Ford Taurus Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2019 Ford Taurus comes with a 3.5L V6 producing 288 hp 254 lb.-ft. of torque as standard on the SE, SEL, and Limited trims. That all gets routed through a six-speed SelectShift® automatic with Sport Mode. With the V6 you'll also get an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.1 The sporty Taurus SHO comes with an amazing 365-hp 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and gets an EPA-estimated 16-city and 24-highway mpg.1

5. Driver Assistance Features

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The Ford Taurus has a variety of technologies designed to help keep you between the lines. Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert and AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control is standard across all Taurus models. Adaptive Cruise Control with forward collision warning, a Lane-Keeping System, and an Active Park Assist are all optional extras to help maximize your driving experience.


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What You Need to Know

2019 Ford Taurus Trims

The 2019 Ford Taurus comes in four great trim levels with something for everyone:

  • SE: Great base model with tons of great features like six-way power driver and front-passenger seats, halogen projector-beam headlamps, power windows with driver one-touch-up and -down feature, remote keyless entry, single-zone climate control with manual air conditioning, and a SYNC® voice recognition communications and entertainment system.
  • SEL: Upgrade to the SEL and add heated side-view mirrors, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start system, reverse sensing system, and SiriusXM®.
  • Limited: Get all the great features from the SE and SEL, plus features like heated and cooled leather-trimmed 10-way power driver and front-passenger seats with driver-seat memory feature, ambient lighting, upgraded Sony® audio system, automatic high-beam headlamps, and heated side-view mirrors with memory.
  • SHO: The sports sedan of the lineup gets you select Limited features plus the larger 3.5 twin-turbo engine, all-wheel drive (AWD), dual exhaust with chrome tips, high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps, rear decklid spoiler, lots of "SHO" branded logos, and a sport-tuned suspension.

2019 Ford Taurus Interior

The Ford Taurus is a full-size sedan with plenty of room for five and a ton of great features and options. Even the base model comes well-equipped, but if you upgrade to the Limited you get standard leather seating and a host of other luxury-focused options.

2019 Ford Taurus Colors

The 2019 Ford Taurus is available in eight great exterior colors including:

  • Agate Black
  • Blue
  • Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ingot Silver
  • Magnetic
  • Oxford White
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat

On the inside, you can choose from a variety of interior colors:

  • Dune Cloth (SE, SEL)
  • Dune Leather (SEL, Limited)
  • Charcoal Black Cloth (SEL)
  • Charcoal Black Leather (SEL, Limited, SHO)
  • Charcoal Black Leather/ Mayan Gray Miko® Inserts (SHO)

Similar Vehicles

Can't find exactly the right Ford Taurus? Check out other great sedans like the Chevrolet Impala and Honda Accord. Each offers a slightly different take on the four-door sedan.

Chevrolet Impala

The Chevrolet Impala is now in its tenth generation (2014 to present)! That means lots of history and pedigree have been baked into a great full-size sedan. There are several model years of Impala to choose from. The 2016 Chevrolet Impala was offered in LS, LT, and LTZ trims. Even the base 2016 Impala LS sports standard features like a 4.2-inch infotainment screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth® connectivity, keyless entry, and 18-inch alloy wheels. For 2017, Chevrolet added Android Auto (Apple CarPlay® was added as an option in 2016), and for 2018, the Impala got standard keyless entry and remote start on all trim levels.

Honda Accord

Amazingly, the Honda Accord is also in its tenth generation (2017 to present) and Honda has continued to refine what has always been an impressive midsize car. Honda completely redesigned the Accord for the 2018 model year with a new platform and a host of new engines and equipment. The 2018 Accord was equipped with turbocharged 1.5L or 2.0L engines plus an additional hybrid option. The base Accord LX trim comes with great interior features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a seven-inch screen. Move up to the Accord EX for more luxury features or the EX-L which adds leather seating among other great standard features. Those looking for a corner-carving sports sedan should check out the Accord Sport, and if you are looking for the top-of-the-line Accord experience, take a look at the Accord Touring trim. Regardless of your midsize sedan needs, the Accord has you covered.

The Bottom Line

The Ford Taurus has been a go-to full-size sedan option for decades. The 2019 Taurus continues that tradition with the great base SE, the well-equipped SEL, the luxury-focused Limited, or the legit sports sedan SHO. Whatever your needs, the Ford Taurus is a fantastic sedan for you. Looking to learn more about the Ford Taurus and similar vehicles? Check out these related resources:

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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