2012 Ford Taurus Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$25,555-$38,155
$23,685-$35,025
17 /CITY / 26 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- Only slight cosmetic changes for 2012

Exterior Features
The 2012 Ford Taurus is a full-size sedan that is sold in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard; the SEL steps up to 18-inch wheels.

Interior Features
Standard equipment on the 2012 Ford Taurus includes cloth upholstery, air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, keyless entry, trip computer, and a 6-speaker sound system. The SEL adds dual-zone climate control, higher-grade upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, outdoor temperature display, and satellite radio. The Limited trim includes perforated leather upholstery, 8-way power front seats, and an upgraded audio system. The range-topping SHO, a high-performance variant, features a more powerful engine, Xenon headlights, sport suspension, keyless entry and ignition, and upgraded styling cues.

Optional Features
Many options are available on the Taurus, and most of them become standard on upper trim levels. At the top of the options list is the Performance package on the SHO trim, which includes 20-inch wheels, high-performance steering and brake pads, summer tires, and stability-control defeat. Adaptive cruise control, which includes a pre-impact warning system, is available for upper trims.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Ford Taurus offers two engine choices. Standard is a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine that delivers 263 horsepower. It works with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD), with all-wheel drive (AWD) optional on SEL and Limited models. The Taurus SHO features a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and AWD.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Ford Taurus are:
- Taurus with FWD: 18/28/22 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Taurus with AWD: 17/25/20 mpg
- Taurus SHO: 17/25/20 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the Ford Taurus include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, side curtain air bags, and active front head restraints. A rearview camera and parking sensors are standard on the Limited and SHO, and optional on the SEL. A blind-spot and cross-traffic warning system are optional on upper trims.

In government tests, the 2012 Taurus received 4 (our of 5) stars for front-impact protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); 5 stars for side-impact protection; and 4 stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Taurus received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--across the board.


What's New for 2012:
- Only slight cosmetic changes for 2012

Exterior Features
The 2012 Ford Taurus is a full-size sedan that is sold in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard; the SEL steps up to 18-inch wheels.

Interior Features
Standard equipment on the 2012 Ford Taurus includes cloth upholstery, air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, keyless entry, trip computer, and a 6-speaker sound system. The SEL adds dual-zone climate control, higher-grade upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, outdoor temperature display, and satellite radio. The Limited trim includes perforated leather upholstery, 8-way power front seats, and an upgraded audio system. The range-topping SHO, a high-performance variant, features a more powerful engine, Xenon headlights, sport suspension, keyless entry and ignition, and upgraded styling cues.

Optional Features
Many options are available on the Taurus, and most of them become standard on upper trim levels. At the top of the options list is the Performance package on the SHO trim, which includes 20-inch wheels, high-performance steering and brake pads, summer tires, and stability-control defeat. Adaptive cruise control, which includes a pre-impact warning system, is available for upper trims.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Ford Taurus offers two engine choices. Standard is a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine that delivers 263 horsepower. It works with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD), with all-wheel drive (AWD) optional on SEL and Limited models. The Taurus SHO features a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and AWD.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Ford Taurus are:
- Taurus with FWD: 18/28/22 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Taurus with AWD: 17/25/20 mpg
- Taurus SHO: 17/25/20 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the Ford Taurus include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, side curtain air bags, and active front head restraints. A rearview camera and parking sensors are standard on the Limited and SHO, and optional on the SEL. A blind-spot and cross-traffic warning system are optional on upper trims.

In government tests, the 2012 Taurus received 4 (our of 5) stars for front-impact protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); 5 stars for side-impact protection; and 4 stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Taurus received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--across the board.


Available Trims for the 2012 Ford Taurus
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name SE (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 25555.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
Name SEL (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 27755.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
Name SEL (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 29605.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
Name Limited (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 32155.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
Name Limited (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 34005.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
Name SHO (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 38155.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
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INTERIOR
  • Front cloth bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar/recline, 2-way manual passenger seat
  • 60/40 split fold-flat rear seat w/adjustable center head restraint -inc: fold down armrest w/cupholders
  • Vinyl-wrapped front center console -inc: armrest, storage bin & removable trinket tray
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel -inc: cruise & audio controls
  • Instrumentation cluster -inc: message center w/trip computer
  • Pwr windows w/driver one-touch up/down
  • Delayed accessory lighting
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/SecuriCode entry keypad -inc: integrated key-head transmitter
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning w/particulate air filter
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • Lockable glove box w/damped door
  • (3) auxiliary pwr points
  • Sliding front sunvisors w/illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front dome/map lamp
  • Rear seat reading lamps
  • Front seatback map pockets
  • Front unique cloth bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar, 2-way manual passenger seat
  • Vinyl-wrapped front center console -inc: armrest, front covered cupholders/storage bin, removable trinket tray
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel -inc: cruise & audio controls
  • Instrumentation cluster -inc: message center w/trip computer, compass, outside temp
  • Perimeter anti-theft alarm
  • Dual-zone air conditioning w/automatic temp control, particulate air filter
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob w/chrome insert
  • Perforated-leather 10-way pwr front bucket seats -inc: driver seat memory
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats -inc: LIMITED branded front floor mats
  • Front sill plates w/bright metal insert
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/wood trim -inc: cruise & audio controls
  • Pwr windows w/driver one-touch up/down & front passenger controls -inc: driver/passenger global-open controls
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Interior woodgrain trim
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror w/microphone
  • Ambient lighting
  • Cargo net
  • Leather 10-way pwr front bucket seats -inc: driver seat memory, Miko suede inserts
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats -inc: SHO branded front floor mats
  • Perforated leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel -inc: cruise & audio controls
  • Pwr windows w/driver one-touch up/down & front passenger controls
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Intelligent access w/push button start (PEPS)
  • Woven aluminum interior trim
EXTERIOR
  • P235/60R17 all-season BSW tires
  • 17" painted sparkle silver aluminum wheels
  • Compact spare tire
  • Automatic wiper-activated halogen headlamps
  • Remote perimeter lighting
  • Incandescent tail lamps -inc: red surround
  • Black pwr mirrors -inc: integrated spotter mirror
  • Solar tinted glass
  • Fixed interval intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles
  • P235/55R18 all-season BSW tires
  • 18" painted sparkle silver aluminum wheels
  • Supplemental park lamps
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors -inc: puddle lamps, integrated spotter mirror
  • P255/45R19 all-season BSW tires
  • 19" chrome-clad aluminum wheels
  • Incandescent tail lamps -inc: chrome surround
  • Chrome accent heated pwr mirrors -inc: memory, puddle lamps, integrated spotter mirror
  • P255/45VR19 all-season BSW tires
  • 19" painted luster nickel aluminum wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Automatic wiper-activated HID headlamps
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors -inc: memory, puddle lamps, auto-dimming driver side mirror, integrated spotter mirror
MECHANICAL
  • 3.5L V6 Duratec engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission -inc: hill mode
  • 2.77 final drive ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Pwr steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes w/brake assist
  • Easy Fuel capless refueling
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission -inc: paddle activation
  • All-wheel drive
  • 3.16 final drive ratio
  • 3.39 final drive ratio
  • 3.5L V6 GTDI EcoBoost engine
  • Unique sport-tuned suspension
  • Electronic pwr actuated steering (EPAS)
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes w/brake assist -inc: black brake calipers
  • Split dual chrome exhaust tips
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Brake & engine actuated traction control
    • AdvanceTrac w/electronic stability control
    • Dual-stage front air bags w/front passenger sensing system
    • Front side-impact air bags
    • Safety Canopy front/rear curtain airbags w/rollover sensor
    • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
    • MyKey system -inc: top speed limiter, audio volume limiter, early low fuel warning, programmable speed alert chimes, BeltMinder w/audio mute
    • Personal safety system -inc: safety belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors, driver seat position sensing, crash severity sensing
    • BeltMinder for driver/front passenger safety belts
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system on rear outboard seat locations
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Reverse sensing
    • Rear view camera *Rearview mirror based. Displays through navigation system when 58N Navigation System is ordered*
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, audio input jack
    • Satellite radio -inc: 6-month pre-paid subscription *N/A in AK or HI*
    • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD/MP3 changer -inc: additional IP center speaker & amplifier
    • SYNC voice-activated communications & entertainment system -inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel audio controls, USB port, audio input jack, 911 assist, vehicle health report, turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic

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