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2011 Ford Taurus

Just bought the 2011 Taurus Lim AWD with 303a pack,multi contour seats,adaptive cruise,and nav.Was a toss-up with the SHO but price and insur. cost played a factor. The 3.5 L engine has plenty of power for normal day use and uses regular gas. The SHO same motor but twin turbo jets out like a bullet and recommends prem.gas.. Both cars had same options inside except suade middle seat in sho lim leather,dash cosmetics diff color 20inch wheels to 19 inch on lim and steering slight diff in feel. I love the car but the choice was based on money cost and no need to speed but take both out for a ride and decide yourself.


  • steevosteevo Posts: 330
    Did you drive a Maxima or even a G37X ? I also like the Taurus Limited, mostly for size and looks, but am not liking the price point. Also I have not driven the Taurus yet, but have been inside one. I like the interior. Is it slow?? SHO is not an option too expensive.
    Reason I ask, is so many people and magazines told me what a great car the Fusion is, but when I drove one it did not compare well to my 2008 Altima 3.5 SE. My Altima is much tighter and feels much faster. I am sure it is faster, for what that is worth.
    I am considering Maxima and Taurus... Maxima seems to lease WAY better.
    Also, Ford seems to be pricing there cars way into the stratosphere. I read here or somewhere else a comparison of the Taurus and a V6 Honda Accord. The Taurus is nicer looking car and has the bigger trunk but lost the comparison due to price and performance (slightly). The people in the forum kept saying the comparison was not fair because the Taurus had WAY more features so was priced higher. Many of those features are not available in the Honda. BUT ... They missed a big point. The Honda had NAVIGATION and was still cheaper. In order to get NAV in the Ford you had to get the option list up there making the car 5 or 6 thousand dollars more expensive in the MSRP. The Honda sticker was like 31000 with Nav. You can get a Taurus sticker down to 31000 but it will not have NAV. Not even close. So the comparison IS apples to apples because face it, you either get Nav or you don't. Without the Nav unit the other stuff is just marketing bs.
  • bruneau1bruneau1 Posts: 468
    We bought the SEL awd with leather and Sync for 28,500. We don't need or use navigation and most people don't either. How did people ever find their way in the past without navigation or communicate without cell phones about the most inane things.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    One thing many people fail to evaluate is the safety quotient of a given vehicle. According to, the Taurus is the safest car on the road save for the BMW 5 series which edges it by a mere sliver.

    As one who has had the misfortune of being in several major accidents, all in safe cars, the safety quotient of the new Taurus is not to be underestimated. After all, what good is a car if it does not keep you safe?
  • I've had my Bordeaux red Taurus SEL fleet car for three months, 12,000 miles. It doesn't sit around much! LOVE the ride and nearly everything about the car. Car info display shows 27 - 28 mpg consistently, which gives a 500+ mile range. Trunk is enormous, must have been designed by a mafia hit man. I can fit my golf bag in there sideways with room to spare.

    Only gripes are very minor: 1) console is a bit wide, restricting leg room. I had been driving an SUV, so it took a little getting used to. 2) It has automatic headlights that come on at dusk, but there's no dashboard indicator to tell you whether they are on or not. Sometimes if it's raining, I turn them from 'auto' to 'on' to make sure they are on. 3) rear visibility somewhere between limited and "what's behind me doesn't matter anyway". Rear parking sensors are a big help, mine doesn't have the rear camera, would highly recommend it. On the same note, you have to be a contortionist to clean the inside of the rear window.

    At the rate I'm putting miles on this car, I'll blow through the warranty before the end of the year.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    No DRLs..?
  • Mine doesn't. The owners manual has a paragraph on DRL's (if equipped).

    The auto headlight feature does turn on the headlights if the windshield wipers are turned on.
  • I dont' really have a strong opinion either way on DRL's, I just want some dash indicator that shows when the automatic lights are on.
  • shakes67shakes67 Posts: 9
    Took control of my new car Nov.1, 2010 and presently have 4700 miles on it. With combo hwy/cty drive my average is 20 miles and main. was one oil change at 3800 with motorcraft 5/20 durablend and fl500 filter. So far, the taurus rides steady nice accel to 60 60 up it goes. Turns are nice for a big sedan and breaking has been good. My only problem with the car is only the stereo. I have the Nav unit with the sony premium 12 speakers. I most of my cars I was spoiled with polk speakers hooked to a JVC or Pioneer units. The unit itself needs a firmware update..jazz up the screen/menu and an equilizer program needs to be installed so to customize the sound for the listener. Overall, the car is what I expected and love it.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Shoulda bought a portable GPS and the you'd be free to do whatever with the audio.
  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    But on my car with rain sensing wipers the headlights only turn on if the rain sensing system turns the wipers on fulltime, but not when they are in intermittent mode. Could be a problem here in NJ where it;'s a law to have your headlights on if it's raining.
  • Love the car. Picked it up in June of 10 and have 5500 miles on it. The car is quick, quiet, roomy and handles great. Love all the features too. My passenger loves the heated rear seats, my front seat passenger loves all the adjustments and I love driving it. Little pricy but that's what it is. The front brakes were making a funny noise so I brought it back to the dealer and Ford had a fix involving new rotors. Car runs great on regular. My last trip I got 27 mpg hwy with 4 people and all their luggage.
  • jimmyl4jimmyl4 Posts: 3
    We purchase our Taurus in November 2010 and have approx. 6500 Mi on the car. We love the car and its safety features and it gives us a great ride and gas mileage. I seem to have an intermittent problem with the transmission that happens probably once a month. We come up to a stop sign or light and come to a complete stop. When we press the accelerator to start moving again the transmission for a second seems to not know what gear to start in. We feel a sudden delay or stumble (can't think of a better term) for not over a half second before the transmission shifts into first gear and we start moving again. I did mention this to a service technician at the Ford garage recently and he suggested I bring the car in maybe for a reprogram of the controlling computer. This whole car is run by computers now so maybe there would be some error code that has recorded this problem.

    I would appreciate any comments or suggestions related to my problem. Thanks
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    My strongest instinct is to say, do what the tech suggested. You surely are under warranty. are you not?

    By the way, I have concluded there may not be a 2012 Taurus, but a 2013 will appear in the spring. Is this correct?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    You're encountering automatic "hill-hold", hill-start.

    Newer TC's (torque converter's) are not robust enough to easily hold the car in place on an incline.
  • almattialmatti Posts: 164
    Priggly, what sources did you use to determine the comparative safety of the Taurus , BMW, and all other cars? Many car makers claim otherwise: for instance, 2010-11 Subaru Legacy (I have one), has a 5 Star Rating in all categories 2 years running for it's class of sedan - mid sized. In fact, Edmunds will show the safety / crash ratings on this site and Consumers Reports as well.
  • almattialmatti Posts: 164
    Anaasociate of mine has an MKS 2010, 6 speed auto tranny, says he has some Lagging / Hesitation issues too. Too many gears. I have a 2010 G37X, 7 speed auto tranny, That's worse...Too Many gears for the TC to handle with speed for the right gear and downshifting is delayed (hence the Lagging), because you enter the top gear too soon. With the Infiniti, at 35 mph, she will be at 1400-1500 rpms, probably 7th gear, (if I shift to Manual mode - it reveals which gear I'm in), and I feel the lumbering of the gear box. These theings are affected by many, many, variables at the time you are driving according to the Infiniti Service Manager: outside Temps, barometric pressures (!!), road incline, etc., etc.,,, Yes totally computer controlled throttles, Transmission with Control Modules (that's why they are referred to as TCMs), and of copurse, ECUs (Electronic Control Units [the mainframe & brains of the car]. The lagging/hesitation in my G37X (which my old 07 G35X did NOT have - 5 speed tranny), atimes in stop n go traffic on some days is horrendous, other days it will vary. Man, I miss my 07 G35X - should have bought that car at lease end....Too late now. Newer is Not Always Better... BTW, this was donme to increase the mileage of the Fleet by many Manufacturers - 7ATs, 8ATs, and the 6ATs, by using top gears quickly helps to increase the mileage ratings of the cars.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    " using top geras quickly..."

    Not so much as having enough gear ratios available to most closely, more closely, simulate an actual CVT. Be in the right, most optimal gear ratio for current, all around road conditions. Makes for a whole lot of "shiftiness".
  • ronsmith38ronsmith38 Posts: 228
    edited July 2011
    If it is a V8 it is not a 2011 Taurus or any Taurus for that matter. Is it an older Crown Vic, maybe an old police car? If so that may explain the poor mileage.
    The 2010 Crown Vic is rated 16 city, 24 highway mpg.
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