Ford Taurus Used-Car Buying Guide: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 /2007
Ford Taurus Used-car buyers guide: 2001
For model year 2001, Ford added a Lower Anchor And Tether For Children (LATCH) system for child safety seats, the fuel tank capacity was increased to 18 gallons, a six-disc CD changer was made standard for SES, power door locks were made standard for the LX, and that model also got an optional rear spoiler.
Ford Taurus Used-Car Buyers Guide: 2003
Power windows and door locks were made standard for all models, as were a tilt steering wheel and floor mats. The top-of-the-line SEL got its own unique instrument cluster with satin finished backgrounds for the dials. “Imola” leather seats and dark wood trim further distinguished that trim line. The SEL’s optional steering wheel was made of wood and trimmed with leather.
Ford Taurus Used-Car Buyers Guide: 2004
Cosmetic updates changed the front and rear appearance of the Taurus. Inside, the instrument cluster was revised, the steering wheel was redesigned, and a smart airbag system was installed using a weight sensor in the passenger seat to determine the required force of deployment.
Ford Taurus Used-Car Buyers Guide: 2005
The wagon was discontinued at the end of the 2004 model year. The LX and SES trim lines were discontinued as well. Models equipped with alloy wheels got a tire pressure monitoring system. Top-of-the-line SEL models got a new wood trim package.
Ford Taurus Used-Car Buyers Guide: 2006
The 200 hp double overhead cam V6 engine was dropped, leaving only the 155 hp powerplant.
Ford Taurus Used-Car Buyers Guide: 2007
General consumer models were killed. For 2007, the Ford Taurus was available only as a fleet model. If you run across a 2007 model Taurus for sale, odds are it is an ex-rental car.