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Ford Taurus is a revitalized and complete sedan

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 26, 2013 at 07:22 PM

When the folks at Ford made the decision to replace the venerable Taurus in 2005, they were aware of the need to exceed expectations. However, they didn't realize how well respected and liked the Taurus name to Five Hundred was among buyers. So, they changed the name when the four-door sedan was totally redesigned. The car turned out to be a worthy redesign. It had all the attributes buyers were looking for except the name. It didn't take long before the folks at Ford realized that they needed to make a change. So, they went back to the Taurus.

The 2008 Taurus has a more refined feel. This goes far beyond the atmosphere in the passenger compartment. The handling and ride given by the Ford engineers is leaps and bounds above that of earlier versions. Designers also added a slightly higher seating position to aid in visibility.

The Taurus is powered by a Duratec V-6 that has proved to be a reliable and powerful engine. Power has been increased by nearly 30 percent with 263 horsepower and 249 pounds-feet of torque. The increase in power improves performance and safety because of the car's ability to easily merge into traffic. All of these come with a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy. Power meets the road via Ford's 6-speed automatic transmission.

The fresh look of the exterior design follows the new Ford-family appearance first brought to market with the Fusion sedan. It is a combination of contemporary style mixed with a bit of nostalgia. The car sits more upright, gaining extra visibility for driver and passengers. The view from all seats is good without giving riders the feeling of being in too large of a vehicle.

The interior is a remarkable change from the typical domestic automobile. Ford has produced a nice mixture of design from across the globe, creating a character that is comfortable and inviting.

Loaded with features, the Taurus makes a worthy addition to the sedan category. Through listening to customers and keeping a close watch on what owners of other vehicles want in a car, Ford has performed an admirable job in improving one of the most important vehicles in its lineup.


Ron Moorhead, a nationally syndicated automotive columnist, can be reached at ronmoorhead@hotmail.com.

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