If this car doesn't look like a Taurus to you, that's because it used to be called the 500. Ford dropped that name in favor of Taurus, its very successful sedan that was recently discontinued.
The new Taurus uses Ford's most recent design language, including the simple three bar grille.
The Taurus is powered by a strong 3.5-liter V-6. It gives the car good acceleration, with no torque steer in the all-wheel-drive version.
The Taurus is a burly sedan with plenty of room inside. D pillar wing windows are a nice touch.
The Taurus uses big tail light structures that combine side marker, brake, reverse, and turn signals. Trunk space is massive.
The interior of the Taurus isn't particularly luxurious, but it is nice. Our tester had stitched leather coverings on the seats and a wood-trim package.
Handling isn't all that good in the Taurus, even with all-wheel-drive. Among the steering wheel buttons is one marked PTT, which activates voice command.
The six-speed automatic transmission is efficient and works well, delivering downshifts when needed. But we would have liked a manual gear selection mode.
With the navigation system, you can enter a phone number and, if it's in the POI database, it will look up the address.
The maps in the navigation system don't look particularly good, but the system works very well. It lets you choose from a few different routes to a destination.
The graphics for route guidance are good, but even better is that the system will read out street names.
You can enter a bunch of waypoints into the navigation system. Press the optimize button and it will automatically arrange the destinations along the most efficient route.
Among the settings, you can fine-tune the estimated mph in the navigation system. That makes its estimated time of arrival more accurate.
Sirius satellite radio is available, with this convenient channel guide for picking stations.
The six-disc in-dash changer plays regular and MP3 CDs, displaying track information for MP3s.
The auxiliary input is located down in the center console.
Along with the usual bass and treble settings, you can focus the audio toward specific locations around the cabin.
The voice command system works very well, although when entering destinations you can only choose from POIs.