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Ford Taurus: Oedipus Wrecks (Half II)

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2019 Ford Taurus SE Oxford White, Image: FordMy first installment centered across the uncared for, beancounted “coronary heart and soul of an American hero,” with a way of delight in bespoke platforms and powertrains. However the re-killing of the Ford Taurus lacks nationalistic sorrow: the hometown hero was a reputation on the lookout for a globally-engineered sedan, in a declining market, foolishly butted up towards one other Ford sedan with cooler stuff (a la hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and a SHO-worthy Sport with 325 turbocharged horses). 

Ouch. RIP Ford Taurus. 

2019 Ford Taurus SE Oxford White Rear, Image: Ford

Like the primary 4 generations of the American Taurus, this sharply-creased sedan has little or no styling DNA in widespread with merchandise from Japan, South Korea or Europe. No shock it made a fairly dangerous-ass Police Interceptor after the Crown Vic’s demise. Positive, the Fusion is good-looking, however its Poor Man’s Aston Martin theme is a bit apparent. 

Peep these broad shoulders, Chrysler 300-like chop-prime roofline, neoclassic slant again butt that’s license plate free (on the bumper, the place it belongs!), the not likely-Aston Martin grille and indignant wedge headlights: the hunky proportions give it a correct American household hauler really feel, DLO fail and faux fender vents apart.

That stated, this Oxford White, entrance-wheel drive, SE-grade instance had puny (puny?) 18-inch wheels with zero probability of being a SHO-off. An excellent factor, because the Taurus SE nails the Ace of Base factor — the trunk is large (however with a small aperture), the stereo’s respectable (plus SYNC connectivity), and the interior feels fairly luxurious even with stiff material seats. Too dangerous concerning the area inefficiencies: whereas four inches wider than a Fusion, it’s seemingly offset by a thicker console (that all the time touched my knee). 

Maybe not, however the Fusion has barely extra general interior room.

2019 Ford Taurus SE Interior, Image: Ford

The refreshed 2000-2007 Taurus was a beancounter’s dream — not so this time!

Absolutely anticipating a de-contenting buffet within the Taurus’ final throes, even the SE has richly padded/stitched door panels, wonderful chrome accents abound, and all requisite features are backed by a blizzard of buttons throughout its laid again dashboard. So kudos to Ford for truly studying from their errors. Why not have a decadent swan track?

And the obligatory — however tiny — again up digital camera exists for a cause: these sixth-gen bulls have deplorable visibility. As if one wanted additional purpose to eschew sedans for an SUV, even the (chrome ringed!) trunk launch button sits on the middle stack. An odd location till you think about the Taurus’ almost certainly buyer: Police fleets, not would-be Camry/Avalon consumers. 

It’s no Panther chassis, which is usually a very good factor. The non-beancounted Ford intercepts oncoming visitors even with the bottom 288-hp V6, solely needing a extra responsive transmission recalibration to get shifting with spirit. Torque steer is minimal and NVH controls are luxurious car worthy — jail-worthy speeds occur shortly and effortlessly (with the possible perk of your journey to the slammer mimicking yours), however at the least the prodigious brakes put the beforehand-examined 2006 mannequin’s delicate disc/drum affair completely to relaxation. 

Handling is flat sufficient with affordable grip, and the SE’s experience isn’t removed from the 2006’s magic carpet waft (completed with spongy flight bench seating and sidewall-pleasant sixteen-inch wheels).  It’s a superb experience/dealing with stability, so whereas you might want extra, you clearly don’t want it: the Taurus SE is a reliable package deal displaying how far fleet-spec sedans progressed in these 12 years. 

Which is a critical improve over my 2006 Taurus expertise, contemplating it’s solely $2,500 extra (adjusted for inflation).

Bringing again the Taurus was a good suggestion again in 2008, however clear-sheet household sedan from unibody to powertrain was wanted. Don’t give me that “no one needs a sedan” nonsense — that’s what Tesla sells/hypes to the purpose of eye-watering inventory valuations, with ready lists longer than a queue of Tremendous Duties. 

Ford Mustang EV Mach E, Image: Ford

This was The Automotive That Saved Ford, and the answer is obvious: no matter Ford’s doing with an electric Mustang sedan, sustain the great work however change the identify. What higher identify to convey again for a style that thrives on grille-much less entrance facades? 

It’s a Taurus, for us — full with a better-wattage mannequin beneath the SHO branding umbrella. And do observe Tesla’s cheeky rear-dealing with seats additionally want a complementary picnic desk, so we get our Taurus wagon again. I hear the EDM remix of that cheeseball Nineteen Eighties theme already, and it’s worthy of Daft Punk’s Giorgio by Moroder.  

What might probably go flawed?

Maybe you observed neither eulogy street test photographed the precise vehicle. Each my 2006 and 2018 testers have been dealership loaner automobiles; neither appeared fascinating/related on the time for correct images. Then, months later, each fashions have been killed. Oops! Contemplate this a lesson discovered. 

[Images: Ford]

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