Wednesday, February 23, 2011
2011 Ford Taurus Reviews
2011 Ford Taurus - this ain’t your Mama’s Taurus! Options found on foreign-designed vehicles are standard equipment in the new" Ford Taurus". The 2011 Ford Taurus is a car with appeal, engineering, features and benefits that won’t take a back seat to any other vehicle in the world.
The "Ford Taurus" has been redesigned. When Ford redesigned the Taurus in 2010, it added some much-needed life (and competition) to the Affordable Large Car class. Before the Taurus’s update, buyers looking for a comfortable large car with decent performance had only one option: the Toyota Avalon. With the updated Taurus, buyers now have two very good options when shopping large cars.
Car reviewers have a lot of good things to say about the Taurus.
Most car reviewers say that the Ford Taurus is an excellent large car, but they say the same things about the Toyota Avalon.
The 2011 Taurus is available in SE, more upscale SEL, near-luxury Limited and high-performance SHO trims. The Ford Taurus SHO is reviewed separately.
A new high-performance Taurus SHO, powered by a turbocharged V-6, also joined the model line. The only down side to the new Taurus versus the old? Although the 2011 Ford Taurus can hardly be called exciting, it's a big improvement over the pre-2010 version. The 2011 Ford Taurus moves off the line smartly with its 3.5-liter V-6, making 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. The Taurus SHO benefits from a lot more power, but it's a little less transformational than in past SHO Taurus sedans—in part because the SHO puts the power to the road with such stoicism and a lack of pulse-raising excitement. Road manners for standard Taurus models are quite impressive; the 2011 Taurus rides more firmly than you might expect from such a big sedan, taut but not high-strung, with a smooth ride and some natural body roll.
Front seats in the Ford Taurus are a little constrained by the large console, though it has great room for tall drivers. The Taurus is strong on safety. The Taurus SHO also offers an optional rearview camera.
The long list of standard features on the 2011 Ford Taurus means even base versions are well-equipped. The Taurus SE gets an AM/FM/CD player with MP3 playback; tilt/telescope steering; a 60/40 split-folding rear seat; a power driver seat; and power locks, windows, and mirrors.