popular Taurus, once the leader in the mid-size segment, is starting to gray at
the temples. Not that there's anything terribly wrong with it, but it's just not
as fresh as some others in the group. This means, of course, that dealers may
be dealing on this roomy -- if vanilla -- sedan, which is good news for anyone
looking for solid five- or six-seat transportation for a good price.
you'll get for this good price is quite a bit of metal, and quite a bit of features,
too. There are lots of trim levels, too: the base LX, the nicer SE, the even nicer
SEL and the somewhat sportier SES. Now, "sporty" is relative, and on
the Taurus, the word only means that the SES gets alloy wheels, a rear spoiler
and slightly different interior fitments. Mechanically, they are all the same.
of mechanics, the base engine is a torquey but wheezy V-6 that produces 155 hp,
and honestly, it's not the smoothest in the world if you rev it high. The 200-hp
Duratec V-6, on the other hand, produces plenty of thrust and smoothness without
exacting a much of a penalty on fuel economy. All engines are flexible-fuel vehicles,
so if you are eco-conscious and live near a gas station that offers E85 ethanol-based
fuel, you put either type of fuel into the tank at any time and feel no difference
One area of importance to all of us is safety, and there
the Taurus excels. Double five-star crash ratings have been achieved year after
year, which itself is reason enough to go bargain-hunting at the Ford store.