With a classic name, the 2016 Ford Taurus is also a decidedly modern sedan. It's loaded with some nice technologies, such as an advanced infotainment system, fuel-efficient powertrain options and unique safety innovations. Just as important is the fact that drivers will feel confident behind while passengers feel comfortable. Four diverse trim levels are available, addressing a range of necessities and preferences.
The standard engine for all trim levels of the 2016 Ford Taurus, except the SHO, is a strong 3.5-liter V-6. It puts out a stout 288 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque for plenty of ability on city streets and the open highway. The alternative is an advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Despite being quite smaller, it's rated at 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, combining extreme efficiency with solid performance. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive can be paired with the V-6 engine.
Those who crave a whole different driving experience get just that with the 2016 Ford Taurus SHO. It features a hard-hitting 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, which delivers 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks to twin turbos.
All trim levels pair the engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. On the SHO, a Sport mode, plus paddle shifters for manual gear changes.
Two different areas of safety are covered in the design of the 2016 Ford Taurus. One involves preventing accidents, or at least their likelihood, through technologies such as Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control. Sensors detect if the sedan is taking a turn too fast, making adjustments automatically to prevent the car from losing control. Another corrective technology is AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, which is set up to prevent fishtailing and skidding on road surfaces.
The other approach to safety featured with the 2016 Ford Taurus involves protecting occupants from injury during an actual crash. The airbag system is an obvious measure, including the side curtains that use roll-fold technology so they don't injure anyone leaning against the windows during an accident. The sedan incorporates reinforcements to the structure.
Other technological features
Just sliding inside the 2016 Ford Taurus proves the level of attention to detail that was used to create the car. Everything is assembled to high quality standards, and materials throughout the cabin are impressively premium. All but the base trim includes a dual-zone electronic automatic climate control system. Shoppers can opt for an intelligent access system with a push-button ignition, so they literally don't have to get out the keys to get into the car or start the engine.