Changes for the 2014 Ford Taurus:
Last year, Ford made significant changes to the Taurus, so for 2014, the only change is the addition of a new Lane Keeping Assist system for the Limited and SHO models.
Four versions of the 2014 Taurus are on sale: SE, SEL, Limited, and performance-oriented Super High Output (SHO) models.
Select the SEL model to upgrade to dual-zone automatic climate control, Sync Bluetooth connectivity, nicer interior trim, and bigger 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Limited adds leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, simulated wood trim, ambient cabin lighting, keyless passive entry with push-button engine starting, MyFord Touch technology, a reversing camera, rear parking assist sensors, and premium 19-inch wheels.
The Taurus SHO is more powerful, and gets all-wheel drive, a sport suspension, unique wheels, special trim, and more.
Engines and Transmissions:
The Taurus SE, SEL, and Limited have a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 288 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission routes power to the front wheels, and all-wheel drive is optional.
For better gas mileage, consider the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine. It makes 240 horsepower, less than the V-6, but the real story here is torque. The EcoBoost 4-cylinder generates 270 lb.-ft. of the stuff, more than the standard V-6. This engine is offered only with front-wheel-drive models.
The Taurus SHO is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and standard all-wheel drive. This engine makes 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter peaking from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine returns 23 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel drive, and 21 mpg with optional AWD. Choose the EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, and the combined fuel economy rating jumps to 26 mpg. The sporty Taurus SHO is rated to get 20 mpg in combined driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2014 Taurus a 5-star overall crash-test rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2014 Taurus for crash safety as this summary is published. However, last year, the Taurus received the top rating of “Good” in the moderate overlap frontal-impact, side-impact, rear-impact, and roof crush strength tests.
The 2014 Taurus is equipped with standard Curve Control technology, which helps reduce understeer in corners, and MyKey technology, which allows the owner to program certain vehicle functions for added safety. The Taurus SEL adds Sync Bluetooth connectivity with 911 Assist, which activates after an airbag deployment to speed emergency assistance.
The Limited and SHO models are offered with a Blind Spot Information System, a Cross Traffic Alert system, a Lane Keeping and Lane Departure Warning System, and an adaptive cruise control system with Collision Warning with Brake Support.
Additionally, an optional Active Park Assist system steers the Taurus into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the foot pedals and transmission, and Multi-Contour Active Motion massaging front seats are also available on the Limited and SHO.