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.

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The new Taurus uses Ford's most recent design language, including the simple three bar grille.

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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.

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The Taurus is a burly sedan with plenty of room inside. D pillar wing windows are a nice touch.

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The Taurus uses big tail light structures that combine side marker, brake, reverse, and turn signals. Trunk space is massive.

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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.

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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.

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The six-speed automatic transmission is efficient and works well, delivering downshifts when needed. But we would have liked a manual gear selection mode.

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With the navigation system, you can enter a phone number and, if it's in the POI database, it will look up the address.

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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.

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The graphics for route guidance are good, but even better is that the system will read out street names.

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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.

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Among the settings, you can fine-tune the estimated mph in the navigation system. That makes its estimated time of arrival more accurate.

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Sirius satellite radio is available, with this convenient channel guide for picking stations.

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The six-disc in-dash changer plays regular and MP3 CDs, displaying track information for MP3s.

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The auxiliary input is located down in the center console.

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Along with the usual bass and treble settings, you can focus the audio toward specific locations around the cabin.

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The voice command system works very well, although when entering destinations you can only choose from POIs.

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