The 2017 Ford Taurus is the company's flagship sedan that went into production in 1985 as a 1986 model year, and the latest version is now the eighth model year of what is its sixth-generation.
Right up until the 2007 model year the Taurus was still being categorized as a midsize sedan. However, the imperious Ford is has now been considered a full-size offering since the arrival of the fifth-generation in 2008. As the Taurus is the flagship sedan of the current Ford family, it comes with all the comfort and technology you'd expect to find in such a high-end model. The initial versions of what we now know as the 2017 Ford Taurus were pretty lean models with a design considered as somewhat radical at the time. But today's Taurus is every bit the classic full-size sedan and that sees it going head-to-head with rivals including the Chevy Impala and Toyota Avalon.
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There's a fairly straightforward four trim levels of 2017 Ford Taurus to choose between, but there's an impressive engine lineup that gives buyers three different options. The entry level trim is the SE, and from there it goes to the SEL, Limited and finally the SHO.
The standard powerplant with all Taurus models other than the top-of-the-range SHO is a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 producing a very useable 288 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque, which then goes to the front wheels through the six-speed SelectShift automatic that features in all 2017 Ford Taurus variants. The SE, SEL and Titanium models allow you to upgrade from the standard engine, and the optional unit is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four that puts 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal but also gets better fuel economy than the standard V-6. The engine delivering the most power for the Taurus is only available with the SHO trim, but it's worth pushing the boat out for as it's Ford's outstanding 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost that develops no less than 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
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The entry level SE trim is a front-wheel drive only model, while the extra capability of all-wheel drive is an available option for SEL and Platinum trims but a standard feature of the SHO.
As the flagship model of the range it shouldn't surprise that the 2017 Ford Taurus delivers in a big way in terms of refinement, especially as it's been a key virtue of the car for quite a while now. Everything about the Taurus feels nicely put together, and there's a pretty substantial feel and a premium look to much of the interior trim. The ride could be considered to be a little firm at times, but that reflects the enjoyable all-round driving experience this car delivers. Even if the ride is firmer than one or two of its rivals, it's still more than quiet and comfortable enough for most buyers in any of its four trims.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.