Over thirty-some years, the Ford Taurus has become an icon. In the beginning it was lean and radical, but today it’s a full-size front-wheel-drive sedan is on the brink of collapse. That’s not entirely through fault of its own, but it does have issues that stem from its age and weight, in particular a dated exterior, interior, and packaging. The Taurus is based on a relatively old design shared with Volvo.
The current model was launched for 2010 and received minor updates for 2013; for 2017 there’s nothing new. Bigger optional wheels and upgrades to the optional Sony sound system aren’t enough to keep up with the competition, including the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, and Chevrolet Impala.