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2006 Ford Taurus

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$573 — $6,433 USED
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Sedan
5-6 Seats
23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Seat comfort
  • Overall value

The Bad

  • Handling
  • Visibility
  • Poor resale value
  • Nearly extinct design
  • ABS not standard

What to Know

about the 2006 Ford Taurus
  • 153-hp, 3.0-liter V-6
  • Sedan body style only
  • Four-speed automatic
  • Optional side-impact airbags

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Even though Ford launched its new Five Hundred sedan for 2005, the automaker's midsize Taurus continues into the 2006 model year with a simplified lineup and a single V-6 choice. Four-door sedans are offered in SE and SEL trim levels. SEL models gained woodgrain trim on the console, doors and instrument panel for 2005. When properly equipped, sedans seat up to six occupants.

Ford has already dropped the Taurus wagon, and the sedan isn't likely to last much longer. Mercury no longer offers its related Sable sedan but has instead turned to the new Milan model.


Exterior
Aerodynamic teardrop-shaped headlights and large taillights are the major styling cues on the four-door Taurus sedan, which rides on a 108.5-inch wheelbase and has 16-inch tires. At 197.6 inches long overall, the Taurus is approximately 8 inches longer than the Toyota Camry. Seven-spoke aluminum wheels are mounted on SEL models. A sunroof is optional.

Interior
In SE form, the Taurus sedan can seat up to six people with a front bench seat and folding center storage console. Five occupants fit in the SEL sedan, which is equipped with front bucket seats. All four doors contain map pockets, and the trunk holds 17 cubic feet of cargo.

Standard SE equipment includes air conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a cassette stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Moving up to the SEL model adds a driver's door keypad, a six-way power driver's seat, lighted visor mirrors, a H...
Vehicle Overview
Even though Ford launched its new Five Hundred sedan for 2005, the automaker's midsize Taurus continues into the 2006 model year with a simplified lineup and a single V-6 choice. Four-door sedans are offered in SE and SEL trim levels. SEL models gained woodgrain trim on the console, doors and instrument panel for 2005. When properly equipped, sedans seat up to six occupants.

Ford has already dropped the Taurus wagon, and the sedan isn't likely to last much longer. Mercury no longer offers its related Sable sedan but has instead turned to the new Milan model.


Exterior
Aerodynamic teardrop-shaped headlights and large taillights are the major styling cues on the four-door Taurus sedan, which rides on a 108.5-inch wheelbase and has 16-inch tires. At 197.6 inches long overall, the Taurus is approximately 8 inches longer than the Toyota Camry. Seven-spoke aluminum wheels are mounted on SEL models. A sunroof is optional.

Interior
In SE form, the Taurus sedan can seat up to six people with a front bench seat and folding center storage console. Five occupants fit in the SEL sedan, which is equipped with front bucket seats. All four doors contain map pockets, and the trunk holds 17 cubic feet of cargo.

Standard SE equipment includes air conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a cassette stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Moving up to the SEL model adds a driver's door keypad, a six-way power driver's seat, lighted visor mirrors, a HomeLink garage-door opener and a CD player. The SE sedan has a column-mounted gearshift, while the SEL has a floor lever. Options include leather seating surfaces and heated mirrors.


Under the Hood
Only a single 3.0-liter V-6 is available for 2006:a Vulcan overhead-valve engine that produces 153 horsepower. The four-speed-automatic transmission incorporates adaptive shift control.

Safety
The front airbags deploy at one of two inflation levels based on crash severity and whether or not the seat belts are buckled. Side-impact airbags, antilock brakes and traction control are optional.

Driving Impressions
The Taurus sedan is satisfying in most respects, but it doesn't stand above the midsize pack, which includes the league-leading Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Ride and handling are acceptable, but the Taurus can feel a little ponderous at times; it can also exhibit a harsher-than-expected ride. The automatic transmission functions in an easygoing manner but may suffer a bit of hesitation when downshifting.

Interior space is ample, but large roof pillars impair visibility. All the seats are comfortable and supportive. Despite a few drawbacks, attractive prices have made the Taurus a good buy against much of the competition. Now that the sedan is on its way out, it's tough to recommend at any price.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
51 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.7)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(4.0)

Great first car

by econcar on August 13, 2018

I drove this car as my primary car for years. It was the first car I owned. It is a great winter car. I have used the car for college and moved with it four times. Overall this was a fantastic first ... Read full review

(3.0)

I love this car

by j09storm from Indianapolis, IN on July 29, 2018

I have had this car since about 2010 and I love it. We have been all over Indiana together, not to mention college and my first job, together. While it may not be much to look at, it is a hardy car ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Ford Taurus currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Ford Taurus has not been tested.

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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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