2018 Ford Taurus

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$27,690–$42,865 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 Ford Taurus. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    288-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Unresponsive transmission with non-turbo V-6
  • Undersized cabin for a full-size car
  • Visibility
  • Interior build quality

Notable Features of the 2018 Ford Taurus

  • Sony premium stereo available
  • Five-seat full-size sedan
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Sync 3 multimedia system available
  • Lane departure prevention available
  • High-performance Taurus SHO available

2018 Ford Taurus Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Taurus is Ford's full-size five-seat sedan that's available in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available, and the Taurus is powered by a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It competes with the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon. Ford also offers a high-performance, all-wheel-drive Taurus SHO.

New for 2018

There are no significant changes.

Taurus SHO

SHO stands for Super High Output, and this model is the luxury and performance leader of the Taurus lineup. The SHO swaps the Taurus' standard drivetrain for a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

What's Special

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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Smoothest riding car i have owned

by Christa from Clementon NJ on August 10, 2018

its great so far i have only had it for a week or so but just in that little time the ride is so smooth and no noise handles well no complaints this far Read full review

(5.0)

why own a "Cadie" when you can own a Ford?

by bobby joe from Anderson on July 29, 2018

Very smart styling, Beautiful inside and out. It is one great car after owning GM cars for 25 years I love all the options on the Limited. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Ford Taurus currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 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

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

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

Other

Roof Strength
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
marginal
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker