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2016 Ford Taurus review

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Pros

  • Roomy trunk space
  • All-wheel drive option
  • Cellphone connectivity

Cons

  • Large car to maneuver
  • Poor outward visibility
  • Dated dashboard styling

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 24 highway, 19 combined

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Well-equipped family sedan

Classified as a large sedan, the 2016 Ford Taurus seats five comfortably with ample trunk space in the rear. This ride easily accommodates singles who love to travel, couples with plans to start a family, or those already with a few kids. With four available trims, you're sure to find a configuration that meets your needs. New for 2016, a sporty rear spoiler comes standard on all trims and the Sync® 3 infotainment system replaces the previous years' MyFord Touch interface.

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What is new for the 2016 Ford Taurus?

  • Taurus trims have been upgraded with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.
  • Lane Departure Warning features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Ford Taurus

1. Smartphone connectivity 

With the addition of the new Sync 3 technology to the 2016 Ford Taurus, you can now connect your smartphone to the car's audio system. It's a voice-activated feature that allows you to ask for help navigating your route via a maps app, stream music from playlists saved on your phone, and apply updates to your car's electronics system. You'll also enjoy the menus that allow extra adjustments such as sound quality, setting the car's clock, activating Bluetooth® connectivity, adjusting the navigation system view style, and so much more. 

2. Handy driving features 

Do you have a student driver in your household? Rest assured, the 2016 Ford Taurus offers many helpful driving aids. Standard features include a rearview camera, traction control, stability control, and blind spot mirrors. SEL drivers also enjoy rear parking sensors. Go for a Limited trim with the optional 301A package that layers on a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts. A Limited model outfitted with the Driver Assist package also gains adaptive cruise control, a parallel parking system, lane departure warning, and a frontal collision warning system. 

3. Three engine choices 

The 2016 Ford Taurus comes in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. A 3.5L V6 and front-wheel drive comes standard on the SE, SEL, and Limited. All-wheel drive comes optional. If you live in a climate with snow or a rainy season, all-wheel drive helps navigate wet roads. There's also an option for an EcoBoost® 2.0L four-cylinder engine on the SE, SEL front-wheel drives, and Limited trims. The SHO trim gets a turbocharged 3.5L V6 and all-wheel drive standard. 

4. Ready for travel 

This comfortable cruiser offers a gentle, quiet driving experience. Whether you're shopping for a new work vehicle or a daily driver that can also handle the annual summer family vacation, the 2016 Ford Taurus rises to the challenge. In the trunk, you'll enjoy an oversized 20.1 cu-ft of storage space. You can easily tuck a folded baby stroller, several pieces of luggage, or work gear back there! Choose the Limited trim with the optional Driver Assist package to gain a massaging feature in the front seats. 

5. Driver monitoring system 

If you're not the only one who will be driving your 2016 Ford Taurus, explore the MyKey system. This standard feature on all trim levels allows you to set up alerts when the car goes over a specific speed or the audio volume rises too high. This creates peace of mind for you when your teen driver adventures off on their own, a valet parks the car, or if the vehicle serves as a company car driven by multiple people. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ford Taurus an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Taurus 10th out of 13 among Fullsize Cars.

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Ford Taurus features and specs

Limited 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sync System
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Sony Sound System
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

240

Torque (ft-lbs)

270

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

19

Wheelbase

112.9"

Overall length

202.9"

Width

76.2"

Height

60.7"

Leg room

F 41.9"/R 38.1"

Head room

F 39"/R 37.8"

Front tires

P255/45VR19

Rear tires

P255/45VR19

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

100/1000 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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