2014 Ford Taurus

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What's New for 2014:
  • Lane-keeping assist added to Limited and SHO

The 2014 Ford Taurus is a full-size family sedan that competes against the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, Nissan Maxima, and Toyota Avalon. According to Ford, it has the largest trunk in its class, at 20.1 cu. ft.

Models and Features
Ford sells the 2014 Taurus in SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO (Super High Output) trim levels. Highlights from the Taurus SE's standard equipment list include 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED taillights, an Easy Fuel capless fuel-filler system, and integrated blind-spot mirrors. The Taurus SE is also equipped with a SecuriCode keyless entry keypad, MyKey programmable safety features, cabin air filtration system, rear-seat air vents, and 6-way power front seats.

The Taurus SEL adds Sync Bluetooth connectivity with 911 Assist service, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, outside temperature display, upgraded cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, remote engine starting, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, front parking lamps, and 18-inch aluminum wheels are also included on the Taurus SEL.

For added luxury, the Taurus Limited is equipped with perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats with 10-way power adjustment, leather-and-wood steering wheel, memory for the driver's settings, ambient cabin lighting, and woodgrain interior trim. Additionally, the Taurus Limited is equipped with MyFord Touch technology and Sync Services, Intelligent Access passive entry with push-button starting, universal garage door opener, reversing camera, rear park-assist sensors, chrome exterior trim, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

The performance-oriented Taurus SHO has a more powerful engine, paddle shifters for the transmission, all-wheel drive (AWD), and a sport suspension. Styling details include unique 19-inch aluminum wheels, gloss black exterior trim, high-intensity discharge headlights, dual chrome exhaust outlets, and a rear spoiler. Inside, the SHO is equipped with different seats and leather upholstery, special floor mats, unique cabin trim, power-adjustable aluminum pedals, and an auto-dimming driver's side rearview mirror.

Options and Packages
Aside from a more fuel-efficient EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, a Smoker's package containing an ash cup and lighter, and a cargo organizer for the trunk, the Taurus SE is not available with options from the factory. That's one reason the Taurus SEL is the most popular version.

Options for the Taurus SEL include leather seats, MyFord Touch, power-adjustable pedals, rear park-assist sensors, reversing camera, navigation system, Sync Services, and a power sunroof. This version is also offered with the more fuel-efficient EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, or AWD, and can be equipped with 19- or 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The Taurus Limited is offered with a navigation system, power sunroof, and a choice between AWD and the more fuel-efficient EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine. Additionally, the Taurus Limited can be optioned with a premium audio system with HD Radio, a blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control with Collision Warning with Brake Support, lane-keeping system, and an Active Park Assist system. Buyers choosing the Limited can also upgrade comfort levels with a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, power rear window sunshade, and massaging front seats.

Many of the Limited trim level's optional features can also be added to the Taurus SHO, along with a SHO Performance package containing sport-calibrated steering, performance brakes, performance-tuned suspension, Track Mode and True Off settings for the stability control system, upgraded engine cooling, revised final-drive ratio for the transmission, and 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in performance tires.

Under the Hood
The Taurus SE, SEL, and Limited are equipped with a standard 288-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with AWD available as an option.

Taurus shoppers seeking greater fuel economy might wish to consider the optional turbocharged, 2.0-liter, EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, which generates 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. This smaller, more fuel-efficient engine makes more torque than the standard V-6, and at a lower point in the rev range, which means it feels just as strong as the V-6.

The Taurus SHO gets a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine and standard AWD. This power plant delivers 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter peaking from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm.

Each engine operates on regular unleaded fuel, but to extract maximum horsepower and torque from the EcoBoost engines, premium gas is required. Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control technologies are standard.

Fuel Economy
Fuel-economy ratings for the 2014 Taurus range from 17 mpg in the city for the Taurus SHO to 32 mpg on the highway for the optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

Safety Ratings and Technology
As this article is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not published crash-test ratings for the 2014 Taurus.

Ford offers MyKey programmable safety features, integrated spotter mirrors, and Curve Control technology as standard equipment for all Taurus trim levels. The SEL adds Sync connectivity with 911 Assist, and the Limited is equipped with a reversing camera and rear park-assist sensors. Those latter two features are optional for the Taurus SEL, while the Taurus Limited and Taurus SHO can be equipped with automatic high-beam headlights, a blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping system, and an adaptive cruise control system with Collision Warning with Brake Support.

Additionally, the Taurus is available with Active Park Assist, which automatically steers the car into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the foot pedals and transmission. Massaging multi-contour Active Motion front seats are optional for the Limited and SHO trim levels.


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