The 2018 Ford Taurus is a well-equipped large car that offers a good value for the money—especially given how often this big sedan is discounted by dealers. Overall, we rate it a 5 out of 10, with a point for its standard equipment and a demerit for some quirks with its infotainment systems. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
At the bottom level, the 2018 Taurus SE includes power windows and locks, six-way power front seats, a rearview camera, and a 4.2-inch screen for the audio system with Bluetooth. The Taurus SE is light on whiz-bang features, but it’s also about $28,500, which isn’t all that much cash for this much sheetmetal.
Another $2,500 nets buyers the 2018 Taurus SEL, which loads on dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, park assist, and a few other goodies. It’s optionally available with all-wheel drive and a package that adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Leather is optional for $1,495, but at that point it’s probably worth stepping up to the next trim level. The Taurus Limited piles on leather upholstery (cooled up front and heated all around), 20-inch alloy wheels, and Sony-branded speakers. Optional on the Limited is a package that includes forward-collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, and a few other safety items.
Topping the lineup is the Taurus SHO, which features a twin-turbo V-6, a firmer suspension, special seats and upholstery, and some high-grade features like HID headlights that help justify its nearly $44,000 price tag.
All-in, a loaded Taurus SHO with packages that add more performance and luxury goodies runs shy of $48,000—and that’s before any rebates and incentives are applied. It’s not a cut-rate BMW M5, but it’s not priced like one either.
A word about the infotainment systems available in the Taurus: they’re compromised, to say the least. The base system included on SE and SEL trim levels is light on features and has a dated display. We recommend opting for the larger display since Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system is among the industry’s easiest to operate, but it includes capacitive touch buttons for the audio system that some of our testers find frustrating to operate. Ford has largely moved away from capacitive buttons back to traditional hard buttons in its newer products.
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