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2001 Ford Taurus

2001 Ford Taurus

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5-8 Seats
22-23 MPG
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2001 Ford Taurus Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Taurus received major styling changes and additional safety features for 2000, but this year it is a rerun, except for a few items. Among the changes, an 18-gallon fuel tank replaces one that held 16 gallons, and the base LX models now have standard power door locks.

Perennially one of the top three passenger cars in sales, the Taurus comes as a four-door sedan and a station wagon. The Mercury Sable is built from the same design and also is available as a sedan and wagon.

Exterior
After Ford replaced the controversial rounded, elliptical shape of the 1996 – 1999 Taurus with more straight lines, sales jumped nearly 10 percent during 2000, indicating that buyers prefer more conventional styling for their midsize cars. The wheelbase on the Taurus is 108.5 inches, and the overall length is 198 — about 8 inches longer than the Chevrolet Malibu and nearly 10 inches longer than the Toyota Camry.

Interior
Ford says last year’s styling changes increased headroom for the front and rear seats and added 1.2 cubic feet of trunk space to the sedan — now measuring 17 cubic feet. All four doors have map pockets, which were added as part of last year’s revamp.

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 an option not found on competitor’s vehicles.

Under the Hood
Engine choices include two 3.0-liter V-6 engines, a 155-horsepower...

Vehicle Overview
The Taurus received major styling changes and additional safety features for 2000, but this year it is a rerun, except for a few items. Among the changes, an 18-gallon fuel tank replaces one that held 16 gallons, and the base LX models now have standard power door locks.

Perennially one of the top three passenger cars in sales, the Taurus comes as a four-door sedan and a station wagon. The Mercury Sable is built from the same design and also is available as a sedan and wagon.

Exterior
After Ford replaced the controversial rounded, elliptical shape of the 1996 – 1999 Taurus with more straight lines, sales jumped nearly 10 percent during 2000, indicating that buyers prefer more conventional styling for their midsize cars. The wheelbase on the Taurus is 108.5 inches, and the overall length is 198 — about 8 inches longer than the Chevrolet Malibu and nearly 10 inches longer than the Toyota Camry.

Interior
Ford says last year’s styling changes increased headroom for the front and rear seats and added 1.2 cubic feet of trunk space to the sedan — now measuring 17 cubic feet. All four doors have map pockets, which were added as part of last year’s revamp.

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 an option not found on competitor’s vehicles.

Under the Hood
Engine choices include two 3.0-liter V-6 engines, a 155-horsepower version with overhead valves and a 200-hp version with dual overhead camshafts. Both team with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
The Taurus has front airbags that deploy at one of two inflation levels based on crash severity, whether the seat belts are buckled and the position of the driver’s seat. A standard warning system activates a red warning light and intermittently sounds a chime if either the driver or front passenger are unbelted.

Side-impact airbags that protect the heads and chests of front occupants are optional. Antilock brakes with an all-speed traction control system also are optional.

Driving Impressions
Conservative styling does not seem to hurt the Camry or Honda Accord — the two cars that are ahead of the Taurus in the sales race — so Ford probably made a wise move in toning down the appearance of its top-selling car. The current styling may appeal to more buyers, but rear passengers still have to duck under the sloping rear roof pillars when getting in or out — a problem not remedied by last year’s changes.

The Taurus is functional, attractively priced and enjoyable to drive, especially with the overhead-camshaft V-6 engine, which is smoother, quieter and more potent. There are several good midsize sedans in which to choose, and the Taurus deserves consideration because it offers more safety features than some rivals.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(3.9)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(5.0)

Great car. Strong engine.

by RJ from Huntington Beach on August 18, 2020

Great car. Strong engine. Reliable and dependable. Comfortable seats, interior design is luxurious. Has a wide stance and good handling capability. Wide tires handle the road good. Read full review

(4.0)

An amazing first car.

by Ken Campbell from New Salisbury, IN on May 2, 2020

This car was given to me when I got my license at 16 and I was bummed that it wasn’t a cool looking sports car, but my standards quickly began to change. The car is very well made and it’s extremely ... Read full review

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Recalls

The 2001 Ford Taurus currently has 10 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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