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2016 Ford Taurus

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Sedan
5 Seats
19-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Steering feedback
  • Massive trunk
  • Seating comfort
  • Child-safety seat configurability

The Bad

  • Unresponsive transmission with non-turbo V-6
  • Difficult touch-sensitive controls
  • Undersized cabin for a full-size car
  • Visibility
  • Interior build quality
2016 Ford Taurus exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Ford Taurus
  • Full-size five-seat sedan
  • Sync 3 multimedia system newly available
  • Lane departure prevention available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • High-performance Taurus SHO available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Ford Taurus is available in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive. The Taurus, which seats up to five people, competes with the Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Azera and Toyota Avalon. It is also available as the high-performance Taurus SHO, which is powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine.

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New for 2016
Ford's new Sync 3 multimedia system is available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 288-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Chrome grille accents and chrome-tipped exhaust
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Sync 3 multimedia system
  • Push-button start
  • Leather seats
  • Power-adjustable pedals with memory feature
  • Heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Collision warning system
  • Lane departure warning and prevention

Taurus SHO
SHO stands for Super High Output, and the Taurus SHO caps the Taurus lineup from a performance and luxury standpoint. The SHO swaps the Taurus' standard drivetrain for a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6.
What's Special

  • Twin-turbo V-6 makes 365 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel paddle shifters
  • All-wheel drive
  • Sport suspension
  • SHO design cues include a unique grille, SHO badges, 20...
Vehicle Overview

The Ford Taurus is available in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive. The Taurus, which seats up to five people, competes with the Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Azera and Toyota Avalon. It is also available as the high-performance Taurus SHO, which is powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine.

(Skip to details on the: Taurus SHO)
New for 2016
Ford's new Sync 3 multimedia system is available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 288-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Chrome grille accents and chrome-tipped exhaust
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Sync 3 multimedia system
  • Push-button start
  • Leather seats
  • Power-adjustable pedals with memory feature
  • Heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Collision warning system
  • Lane departure warning and prevention

Taurus SHO
SHO stands for Super High Output, and the Taurus SHO caps the Taurus lineup from a performance and luxury standpoint. The SHO swaps the Taurus' standard drivetrain for a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6.
What's Special

  • Twin-turbo V-6 makes 365 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel paddle shifters
  • All-wheel drive
  • Sport suspension
  • SHO design cues include a unique grille, SHO badges, 20-inch wheels and a rear spoiler
  • SHO Performance Package includes beefier brakes, unique shocks and springs, a different steering calibration, a shorter final drive ratio, 20-inch summer tires and a Track mode for the stability system

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
46 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(4.0)

The Taurus is a road warrior

by Retiredguy from Clarkston, MI on October 23, 2018

I've owned a number of different versions of the Taurus over the years and found them to be a very reliable car. When I was working, I'd put on 40,000+ miles per year, and every one held up great. I ... Read full review

(5.0)

Powerful yet very smooth

by Eddie233 from Bellwood, IL on July 16, 2018

I purchased an all white 2016 Ford Taurus for below market value. It's a great car, handles amazing and the engine is very strong and the car itself is quiet and smooth on the road Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Ford Taurus currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Ford Taurus SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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