2018 Ford Taurus Expert Review

3.1 Overall Score
Performance 3.3 Comfort 3.3 Styling 3.4 Value 3.1

Editor's Overview

Comfortable, quiet and luxurious, the full-size 2018 Ford Taurus is Ford’s largest and most expensive sedan. Now in its sixth generation, the family-friendly Taurus seats five passengers and offers a very large trunk. All-wheel drive is available and a strong 288-horsepower V6 is standard. The Taurus competes with the Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, and Kia Cadenza.

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With a starting price below $30,000 the full-size 2018 Ford Taurus offers a comfortable interior, a massive trunk and a large, powerful V6 engine. All-wheel drive is also available for all-weather traction. The new Taurus also offers Ford’s excellent Sync 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

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If you’re looking for a hybrid sedan, turn your attention to the Toyota Avalon, which is the only hybrid in the full-size sedan segment. If you’re looking for the most power, the 707-horsepower supercharged Dodge Charger Hellcat gives you nearly twice as much as the turbocharged 2018 Taurus SHO. 

What's New

For 2018 the new Ford Taurus is no longer available with the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, which was its most fuel-efficient engine. Power-adjustable pedals are also no longer available on the SEL trim level. There are two new colors offered, Blue Metallic and Burgundy Velvet Metallic.

Interior Features

Although attractive, the interior of the 2018 Ford Taurus sedan feels a bit dated and it isn’t as roomy as you might expect. While equipped with five seatbelts, the Taurus is definitely more suitable for four adults over long distances, and the sedan’s thick pillars and high beltline can make the interior feel smaller than it really is. Front-seat comfort is high, however, with optional massage to ease back fatigue on long drives, and those seats can be heated and cooled as well. The multifunction steering wheel and voice-command system control many of the audio and navigation controls.

Exterior Features

This is big car. The new Ford Taurus nearly equals some full-size SUVs when it comes to sheer length, but it looks smaller than it is thanks to taut body lines, an athletic short-deck/long-hood profile and a high beltline. It’s a tough-looking 4-door, especially in SHO trim that adds 20-inch wheels and tires, as well as unique exterior trim and a tasteful rear spoiler. The overall height gives drivers a commanding view of the road, but the sedan’s low roof and wide stance combine with the steeply sloping windshield and rear window to give the Taurus a sleek look.

Driving Impressions

With its standard 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, the 2018 Ford Taurus has plenty of power to get you up that hill or merged onto the Interstate. It’s no sports sedan and it won’t slay a BMW 5 Series in the curves but getting up to speed is never a concern despite its antiquated 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive 365-horsepower Taurus SHO is quick for the class, sprinting to 60 mph in about 5.2 seconds. It also handles better than the other models with its sport-tuned suspension and 20-inch wheels and tires, but it doesn’t ride quite as smoothly. Although it’s nearly 17-feet long, the full-size Taurus doesn’t feel too big in the city, and it cruises beautifully on the highway, but its thick pillars reduce visibility more than we would like. Overall the Taurus offers full-size comfort and performance in an attractive, quiet and smooth-riding package.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base 2018 Ford Taurus SE with the 3.5-liter V6 starts at about $28,000. The mid-level SEL is about $30,500, while the Limited model, which adds quite a bit of luxury and features, is a little more than $37,000. If you want AWD on the SEL and Limited it adds about $1,900. Those prices are right in line with full-size-sedan competitors such as the Chevrolet Impala, Kia Cadenza and Dodge Charger. The high-performance Taurus SHO comes in just over $43,000, which is higher than the more lightly equipped V8-powered Dodge Charger R/T. Check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what people are paying for a Taurus in your area. The 2018 Taurus won't hold its value quite as well as the new Chevrolet Impala and Dodge Charger, and trails far behind the Toyota Avalon.

Notable Equipment

Even the base Ford Taurus SE sedan for 2018 comes well equipped, including a rearview camera and Ford's Sync integrated music and telephone system. Also standard are 18-inch alloy wheels, 60/40-split folding rear seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power driver's seat, steering-wheel controls for audio and cruise control, power windows with one-touch up/down functions for the driver, and Ford's programmable MyKey system. The standard 6-speaker audio system has a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. Standard safety features include electronic traction and stability control, dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags protecting the front and rear passengers.

Notable Options

Ford’s new Taurus offers a number of packages and stand-alone features. For example, Limited sedan models can get a power moonroof. You can get Ford's keyless-entry and push-button ignition system on mid-level SEL sedans, as well as the Sync 3 infotainment system with its large 8-inch touch screen. Other packages include luxuries like massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control with collision warning. There's also a 12-speaker premium Sony audio system. An available Blind Spot Information System and Cross-Traffic Alert warn of traffic you may not notice without the extra help.

Favorite Features

SYNC 3 INFOTAINMENT

Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system is standard on the 2018 Taurus Limited and SHO models. The system includes a large 8-inch touch screen with smartphone-style navigation gestures like pinch to zoom and swipe, plus voice recognition. The system features HD radio as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.


ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE

Although the Taurus’ standard 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is strong enough for most buyers, Ford also offers a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6. It’s standard in the all-wheel-drive SHO performance model. Zero to 60 takes about 5.2 seconds, which is quicker than a BMW 530i.


Under the Hood

The standard engine on all 2018 Ford Taurus sedans is a 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The top-line Taurus SHO performance model offers 77 more horsepower and 96 additional lb-ft of torque than the standard Taurus V6, thanks to direct-fuel-injection technology and twin turbochargers. With the exception of the SE trim, all Taurus models also feature steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, providing manual control of the automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, while all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional on both SEL and Limited trims and standard on the Taurus SHO.


3.5-liter V6

288 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

254 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (FWD), 17/24 mpg (AWD)


3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (SHO)

365 horsepower @ 5,550 rpm

350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,250 rpm

EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg

Editors' Notes

Full-size and family-friendly, the 2018 Ford Taurus is the largest and most expensive sedan in Ford’s expansive lineup. Now in its sixth generation, the Taurus is comfortable, quiet and luxurious. It seats five passengers, has a very large trunk and all-wheel drive is available. It’s also packs power with a standard 288-horsepower V6. Four trim levels are available, SE, SEL, Limited and the SHO performance model which gets a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. The new Taurus competes with the Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, and Kia Cadenza, as well as the Buick LaCrosse. Although it’s a bit behind much of that competition in overall interior volume, the new Taurus offers families a wide range of trims and features at a starting price below $30,000.

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Owner Reviews

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That it made for comfort and looks. Holds the road well.

Have no complaint. Started with a Ford. Roomy, stylist, have plenty of toy to help you navigate. Only thing I wish I had was forward beating when I get near cars.

- Melvin H

The smooth ride and the handling is great.

I like the ride, I like the handling. I like the styling. I have no complaints with this vehicle. I like about everything about this vehicle.

- Alan M

It's a brand new vehicle and I would like it taken care of.

It is brand new. my other car is 15 years old. Everything is updated, things i'm not used to. No complaints so far.

- teresa m