Changes for the 2015 Ford Taurus:
For 2015, Ford makes small changes to the Taurus full-size sedan’s standard equipment lists. A reversing camera and Sync AppLink are now included for the Taurus SE, while the Taurus SEL gains rear park assist sensors. Power adjustable pedals and driver’s seat memory settings are added to the Taurus Limited, and the Taurus SHO rides on newly standard 20-inch wheels. New paint colors also debut: Bronze Fire, Caribou, and Magnetic Metallic.
The Ford Taurus is available in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO (Super High Output). In addition to SE standard equipment, the SEL adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, remote engine starting, rear parking assist sensors, and heated side mirrors with puddle lamps. Inside you’ll find dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio, an outside temperature display, and upgraded interior trim.
Stepping up to the Limited trim level adds unique exterior styling details along with 19-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, luxurious touches abound, such as perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats with 10-way power adjustment, power adjustable pedals, a power wood-and-leather steering wheel, and upgraded cabin lighting. Technology highlights include Intelligent Access with push-button start, and MyFord Touch with Sync Services.
The performance-oriented SHO features a twin-turbocharged engine, transmission paddle shifters, a sport suspension, and all-wheel drive. Outside you’ll see a rear spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, special trim, and HID headlights. Inside, the SHO features aluminum pedals, unique design details, and more.
Engines and Transmissions:
The Ford Taurus has a standard 288-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels, and all-wheel drive is optional. Alternatively, a less thirsty turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine is available, making 240 horsepower but offered only with front-wheel drive.
A twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 making 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft of torque motivates the Taurus SHO. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends power to the SHO’s standard all-wheel-drive system.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
According to the EPA, the standard V-6 engine averages 23 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel drive, while the all-wheel-drive version is expected to get 21 mpg. The EcoBoost 4-cylinder fares better with a 26-mpg average. As expected, the SHO’s powerful EcoBoost V-6 burns more fuel, and averages 20 mpg.
In government testing, the 2015 Ford Taurus earned an overall crash-test rating of 5 stars.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that the Taurus merits “Good” ratings in all assessments for which it has been tested, combined with a “Basic” front crash prevention rating. As this summary is written, the IIHS has not tested the Taurus for small overlap frontal-impact protection.
Standard equipment includes MyKey programmable vehicle features, Sync AppLink connectivity with 911 Assist technology.
Highlights from the options list include MyFord Touch infotainment with navigation, Active Park Assist, a Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning System, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, adaptive cruise control, and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support.
Massaging front seats, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are also available for the 2015 Taurus.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
July 31, 2014
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