The Ford Taurus has celebrated its 25th anniversary, but the Ford Motor Company isn’t marking this important occasion. Quite frankly, the 2011 Ford Taurus is not like earlier generation models as this one is a full size sedan available in front- or all-wheel-drive.
Ford Taurus History
Introduced in 1986 as a midsize five passenger sedan, the first generation Ford Taurus quickly established itself as a best seller and the benchmark by which other sedans were to be judged. At times, the Ford Taurus was the top selling vehicle in America, but eventually lost that mantle as Ford failed to bring forth timely updates. When the Taurus was updated, particularly in the late 1990s, the car was ugly and had lost its edge.
The current generation Taurus dates to 2010 when Ford decided to give this model a “promotion” to a full size sedan, replacing the aged Crown Victoria as the brand’s flagship sedan. Powered by a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine or optional EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6, the current Taurus competes against the Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon and Dodge Charger. Decked out in all-wheel-drive, the Taurus should be examined by people considering the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class.
The 2011 Ford Taurus comes well equipped and features a sport sculptured body sitting on 17-inch wheels. Optionally, you can equip your Taurus with 19- or 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside, seating is for five passengers. The cabin features front bucket seats with soft touch materials throughout. The center stack command center offers SYNC navigation and an audio system with storage compartments and a transmission shifter.
Key features offered with the Taurus include adaptive cruise control; blind spot information system; cross traffic alert; collision warning with brake support; automatic high beam activation and rain sensing wipers; and a capless fuel filler system among other amenities. Optional equipment includes upgrade audio system packages and a rear-view package system.
The Taurus’ trunk is the largest in its class, offering 20.1 cubic feet of cargo carrying capacity. This trunk rivals what you’d find in full size cars built in the 1970s and 1980s, possibly an important feature for people who need the room.
The Ford Taurus is a top safety pick and has performed “good” in all crash testing categories offered by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
Ford Taurus SHO
The top of the line Taurus SHO comes equipped with all-wheel-drive and Ford’s EcoBoost engine. EcoBoost features gasoline direct injection and twin-turbocharging, providing V-8 comparable performance while offering gas mileage similar to what a V-6 engine offers. This model includes a sport tuned suspension and leather trimmed seating surfaces and a leather trimmed steering wheel.
2011 Ford Taurus Specifications
|Standard Engine||3.5L V-6|
|Horsepower||263 @ 6,250 rpm|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||249 @ 4,500 rpm|
|Optional Engine||3.5L EcoBoost V-6|
|Horsepower||365 @ 5,550 rpm|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||350 @ 1,500-5,250 rpm|
|Curb Weight (pounds)||4,015 - 4,224|
|Passenger Volume (cubic feet)||102.2|
|Storage (cubic feet)||20.1|
|Fuel||regular with standard engine;
premium recommended with EcoBoost engine
|Gas Tank (gallons)||19.0|
|EPA Gas MPG||18 city/28 highway (FWD)
17 city/25 highway (AWD)
|Manufacturing Plant||Chicago, IL|
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