Cars like the Nissan Maxima and Chrysler 300 seem downright claustrophobic in comparison. The second generation sold just as well as the first, becoming the best-selling car in the , a title it would retain for as long as this generation was sold. The overhead grab handles still slam against the ceiling when you let go — something most automakers addressed years ago with soft-shut handles. Production ended on October 27, 2006, as Ford idled the Atlanta plant, as part of its. It might not achieve the everyman popularity of the original Taurus — or its modern-day successor, the Toyota Camry — but with this update, Ford should be able to take home a decent portion of the large-car market. What other services could be included in a warranty? In the late 1990s and early 2000s, sales of the Taurus declined as it lost market share to Japanese midsize sedans and as Ford shifted resources towards developing.
During the , Ford revived the Taurus and Sable nameplates, intended as 2008 mid-cycle revisions of the Ford Five Hundred; the Freestyle was renamed the Ford Taurus X. Taurus: The Making of the Car That Saved Ford. Edgier Styling Ford says there are some 500 updates to the Taurus compared to the Five Hundred, and they start up front. From 1986 to 2007, the Taurus was a mid-size car, offering front-wheel drive. If your Taurus X has many options like a sunroof, navigation, heated seats, etc, the more fuses it has. I never wondered if I had missed something with my over-the-shoulder glances. Best of all, the car is seriously cheap — it even starts below bargain-priced Korean models like the Hyundai Azera and Kia Amanti.
In the Spring of 1980, Ford Chairman Donald E. The navigation system was a snap to learn and use. The wheels stay grounded, and the steering wheel turns with precision. Ford designated the model as the Taurus, after the demise of the concurrently marketed fourth generation 4G Taurus and to take advantage of its customer recognition and dealer demand. Archived from on May 4, 2011.
Refinements were made to the 3. This family of vehicles, loosely based on the same architecture as the Volvo S80 luxury sedans with some detail changes to the suspension systems, also uses the same Swedish Haldex all-wheel-drive system as the Volvo when it is ordered as an option. It's big inside, big outside, and it's taller than almost every other sedan on the market with that big bubble roof, but if it's room you need and room you want, this might be the one. Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes and are also standard. Archived from on June 15, 2006. The center floor hump is manageably low — unexpected, considering my test car had all-wheel drive. Along the way, Ford has made some 500 changes to the new Taurus, changes that were already scheduled for the mid-cycle freshening of the Five Hundred.
It was also the first Ford models to come standard with side airbags. There was also an available performance package which included upgraded brake pads, a 3. The taillights now have clear lenses, something a lot of automakers resort to when they need to spice things up. For an added measure of safety, a new steering wheel design recesses the air bag 15 millimeters farther away from the driver. 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. For example, the switches to the power windows and power locks were designed with one half of the switch raised up, with the other half recessed, in order for its function to be identified by touch.
When folded out, it now rested against the floor instead of the dashboard, and had reworked cup holders and storage areas. The 5G Taurus was sold in the Middle East as the Ford Five Hundred from 2008. Taurus Car Club of America. Even the new climate control system is 50 percent quieter than before. Archived from on July 30, 2012.
Developed in collaboration with Microsoft, Sync will be offered exclusively on 12 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury products in North America beginning this year. The standard engine is a inline-4 an option for the sixth-generation Taurus and a V6 used in the Fusion and Lincoln Continental ; a 6-speed automatic is paired to both engines. In 1997, the Ford Taurus lost its best-selling status to the Toyota Camry. At freeway speeds, the Taurus is very, very quiet inside. Four of the five seats have , and the for the outboard seats are spaced a few inches inward of the door.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. New exterior design is more emotional, more Ford The new look of the 2008 Taurus suggests the same proven emotional appeal of the popular Ford Fusion. The general body shape of the new Taurus is the same as that of the previous Five Hundred, a large, front-wheel-drive family sedan, but almost everything else has changed for the better. Archived from on May 4, 2011. Changes to the 5G Taurus from the Five Hundred included a new front end and the 263 hp 3. The gauges have large numbers that are easy to read, and the green and red nighttime illumination is vintage Ford. On the 2008 Taurus, the engine and transmission are bolted to the body with hydraulic mounts to reduce vibration.