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5-6 Seats
23-24 MPG
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2000 Ford Taurus Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Ford’s most popular car receives major safety, styling and interior changes for 2000, giving the Taurus a more conventional appearance than the 1996 through 1999 models. The Mercury Sable, which is built from the same design, gets similar changes. The front-wheel drive Taurus and Sable are available as four-door sedans and as station wagons.

Exterior
The new styling replaces the controversial rounded, elliptical shape that debuted for the 1996 model year and made the Taurus appear smaller despite a 5-inch increase in overall length.

Wheelbase and overall length are unchanged on the 2000 model, but all exterior panels except the doors are new. The styling is decidedly more conservative, with straight lines instead of a series of curves, a wider grille, rectangular rear window and a higher trunk.

Interior
The oval shapes that dominated the dashboard are gone, replaced by a rectangular central panel for climate and audio controls. Ford says the new styling provides more headroom for the front and rear seats and adds 1.2 cubic feet of trunk space to the sedan (now 17 cubic feet). All four doors have map pockets, a feature missing since 1995.

The sedan offers a choice of seats for six, with a folding center storage console in front, or seats for five with front buckets. Power-adjustable accelerator and pedals with a 3-inch range are a new $85 option.

Under the Hood
Engine choices include two 3.0-liter V-6s, a 155-horsepower version (10 more than the 1999 model...

Vehicle Overview
Ford’s most popular car receives major safety, styling and interior changes for 2000, giving the Taurus a more conventional appearance than the 1996 through 1999 models. The Mercury Sable, which is built from the same design, gets similar changes. The front-wheel drive Taurus and Sable are available as four-door sedans and as station wagons.

Exterior
The new styling replaces the controversial rounded, elliptical shape that debuted for the 1996 model year and made the Taurus appear smaller despite a 5-inch increase in overall length.

Wheelbase and overall length are unchanged on the 2000 model, but all exterior panels except the doors are new. The styling is decidedly more conservative, with straight lines instead of a series of curves, a wider grille, rectangular rear window and a higher trunk.

Interior
The oval shapes that dominated the dashboard are gone, replaced by a rectangular central panel for climate and audio controls. Ford says the new styling provides more headroom for the front and rear seats and adds 1.2 cubic feet of trunk space to the sedan (now 17 cubic feet). All four doors have map pockets, a feature missing since 1995.

The sedan offers a choice of seats for six, with a folding center storage console in front, or seats for five with front buckets. Power-adjustable accelerator and pedals with a 3-inch range are a new $85 option.

Under the Hood
Engine choices include two 3.0-liter V-6s, a 155-horsepower version (10 more than the 1999 model) with overhead valves and a 200-horsepower version (an increase of 15) with dual-overhead camshafts. Both team with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
Taurus has new front airbags that deploy at one of two inflation levels based on crash severity, whether the seatbelts are buckled and the driver’s seat position. When crash sensors detect that airbags are needed, they inflate at a higher rate in severe crashes and at a slower rate in moderate collisions.

Also new are front seatbelt pretensioners and retractors that remove slack in crashes. A warning system activates a red light and intermittently sounds a chime if either the driver and front passenger are unbelted. Side-impact airbags that protect the heads and chests of front occupants are a new option. Anti-lock brakes with a new all-speed traction control system also are optional.

A child-friendly emergency trunk release that glows in the dark is a new standard feature on all 2000 Ford cars.

Performance
Taurus was the best-selling car in the United States before the 1996 ahead-of-its-time redesign, which turned off more prospective buyers than it attracted. Conservative styling does not seem to hurt the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, the two cars that have leapfrogged ahead of Taurus in the sales race.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.7
35 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.7)
Performance
(3.7)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(3.8)

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(4.0)

Pretty good vehicle

by Corvetteking from Massachusetts on February 21, 2020

This was a good car to have. Affordable, comfortable ride, good on gas. Only hiccup was it needed a new oil pan and an AC recharge. Other than that I’d recommend this car. Read full review

(5.0)

AMAZING.

by fordcarsaremylife from Salt Lake City, UT on December 30, 2019

Absolutely adore this car; I've owned one since '04, and has my heart. Of course, cars and their parts wear out, but with a fix, it's good! Not to mention, the design is gorgeous. Read full review

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The 2000 Ford Taurus currently has 8 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Taurus received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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