Practical, affordable, attractive, and one of Ford's best-selling nameplates...ever.
If you’re doing used car research and looking for an affordable, pre-owned car with a long and successful history, you’ll want to know more about the Ford Taurus. This successful sedan has been in production for 30 years, debuting in 1986 as a mid-sized car. After a brief hiatus following the 2006 model year, the Taurus returned in 2007—this time as a full-sized car. It’s a car that America has embraced, and it’s become the fifth best-selling Ford of all time. There are reasons the Taurus has been so popular through the years, and buying a used one can be an excellent choice.
Ten Reasons to Choose a Ford Taurus as Your Next Used Car
- You can choose styles from six generations.Each generation of the Ford Taurus included significant changes from the previous one. Generations for this model lasted as little as two years to as many as eight. By selecting a Taurus a few years older or newer, you will expand your styling and option choices to best fit your tastes and budget. For example, while the 2013 Ford Taurus and 2014 Ford Taurus share the same design, the 2007 and 2009 Ford Taurus models look very different. It’s worth noting that Taurus sedans built between 2010 and 2017 are all in the sixth design generation.
- Ford sold a LOT of Ford Taurus vehicles.About 10 million! Not only does this mean finding a used Ford Taurus for sale is easier, but both new and used parts are more available, and your local mechanic will be more familiar with these vehicles. Therefore, owning a used Taurus could be less expensive than owning a car that's gone out of production.
- You can find some terrific deals.Some years of the Ford Taurus are particularly underpriced when compared to competitors. This is especially true of the first few years of production when the Taurus was reintroduced as a full-size car. You will likely find 2007, 2008, and 2009 models priced favorably when compared to their Japanese competitors like the Toyota Corolla or the Honda Accord. You may certainly want to include these comparable models in your search for a used car, but if price is a major factor, the Taurus often has the edge.
- It’s a stylish, yet practical choice.The Taurus has proven to be both stylish and a workhorse, as evidenced by its popularity serving as fleet vehicles for law enforcement. Many used car shoppers prioritize by practicality and price, and the Ford Taurus excels at both. It’s stylish enough for single drivers and roomy enough for a young family. Depending on the model year, you’ll likely get highway gas mileage in the mid to upper 20s. This makes it a practical choice as a daily driver.
- The Taurus offers a SHO (Super High Output) model.While the Taurus is practical in many respects, it’s also available in the sportier and more powerful SHO edition. The newer model 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine makes use of both turbocharging and direct-injection technology to generate about 365 horsepower. The Ford Taurus SHO is about more than just power, however. It has aggressive styling, a sport-tuned suspension, and a sporty interior. Many find the Taurus SHO more fun to drive. If you want something with a little more sizzle, include “SHO” in your search.
- There’s a luxury edition.Purchasing a Taurus doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice amenities. The Taurus Limited is a more sophisticated version, with a quieter interior and a more subtle exterior. It also comes with a few more options than standard editions. You’ll want to make sure the car you’re researching has the specific options that are important to you. If a little better ride and more luxury is important to you, the Taurus Limited is a good place to find it.
- Seating for five.The Taurus's interior boasts cushy accommodations for five, and was designed for not just children's seating in the rear. Three adults in the backseat will find respectable space not just shoulder to shoulder, but with feet and knees in mind as well.
- It’s a solid vehicle without SUV looks.For those who want the feel of driving a solid vehicle without the sometimes boxy looks of an SUV, the Ford Taurus is a good choice. The Taurus is roomy, comfortable, and provides good sight lines. The 2010 and newer models have been achieving four- and five- star overall ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Lots of room for junk in the trunk.One of the noteworthy features of the Ford Taurus is its generous cargo space. This is especially welcome for grocery shopping, holiday shopping, and when traveling. The trunk is both wide and deep, which is a feature sometimes not found in similarly-sized cars. Fold-down rear seats add to this full-size car’s overall versatility.
- All-wheel drive.Not only is the Ford Taurus a roomy sedan that gets you to your destination in style—there’s an all-wheel drive option available which automatically detects wheel-slip, and provides traction to the wheels that need it most. Look for this option in the Super High Output (SHO), SEL, and Limited models. The addition of an all-wheel drive system adds some pounds to the car’s overall weight, but some drivers find the slight decrease in mpg a fair tradeoff for peace of mind, no matter the weather or road conditions.
The Ford Taurus is an attractive vehicle with models to suit younger drivers and is practical enough for the family. It’s been around long enough to give used car shoppers a chance to edge up or down a year to find the right car at the right price. If you’re considering a used Ford Taurus for sale you may also want to look at its traditional competitors in your used car research like the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, or Honda Accord. Some of the newer additions to the full-size market, like the Chevy Impala and Chrysler 300, should also be considered.