The Ford Taurus is a full-size four-door, five-passenger sedan with a spacious cabin and a huge trunk. For 2018, Ford eliminated the turbo four-cylinder engine from the lineup, and it made a few small changes to the Equipment group. Other than this, it carries over from 2017 without any changes. Here are some details about the 2018 Ford Taurus.

Trim Levels

The Taurus comes in four different trim levels, starting with the SE. This trim has 18-inch alloy wheels, an exterior keyless access pad, and automatic headlights. A step up to the SEL will get you LED daytime running lights and heated side mirrors with puddle lamps. The Limited adds 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, and an auto-dimming side mirror for the driver. Optional features for the SEL and Limited include a sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler. The top-level trim is the SHO, which comes with all the features of the Limited, unique 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, dual exhaust tips, a rear spoiler, and black exterior trim.

Engine

The base engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Ford pairs this with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The SHO is the sporty model and comes with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 engine that generates 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Performance

The Taurus is a large vehicle that is comfortable for cruising long distances. It has a smooth ride and comfortable cabin that is perfect for road trips. You can expect to get 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway in this sedan. The SHO Performance package adds a final-drive ratio to make acceleration quicker, and it also adds summer performance tires and a stiff suspension.

Interior

Inside the cabin of the Taurus, you'll find supportive front seats with the option for heated and cooled leather in the Limited and SHO models. The trunk has over 20 cubic feet of cargo space, and the rear seats feature a 60/40 split. You can fold both down flat to open up the cargo space and maximize storage. The top-level SHO trim comes with special seats and unique upholstery to add to the sporty feel.

For technology, the base trim comes with a 4.2-inch center display screen, a USB port, and a CD player. If you add Equipment Group 201A to the SEL model, you'll get a larger 8-inch screen and the Sync 3 infotainment system, which has smartphone capabilities and works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Safety Features

All models come standard with a rearview camera, while a step up to the SEL will get you rear parking sensors and a remote engine start. The Limited comes standard with a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, as well as the option to add the Driver Assist package. This will add adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning with intervention. This package also adds an automated parallel parking system.


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