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#400 of 493 Re: Is anyone happy with there taurus? [brucelinc]
Jun 18, 2010 (8:54 pm)
Right now I am currently driving a 2010 Ford Taurus rental car. It's an SEL with leather, sunroof, etc. I'm very impressed with the way this Taurus drives. I never got to drive the 2008-2009 year model Taurus a/k/a Ford 500, so I have no comparisons to make. I did drive a few Taurus rental models from the generation before the 500. I never liked that generation model at all. In fact, I used to cringe when I would be given one for a rental car. Well, the 2010 is light years different! I'm amazed at how quiet the engine and the ride is! I used my iPod and the satellite radio for the whole seven-hour drive, and the stereo sounded great. It definitely seemed to make that seven-hour drive go a lot faster. Again, very impressed!
#401 of 493 Re: Is anyone happy with there taurus? [akirby]
Jun 21, 2010 (9:34 am)
It depends, Allen, on what is viewed as competition. Certainly the Taurus excels if it is compared with the Chevy Impala (or even the Chrysler 300). However, the Taurus has aspired to move higher in the market, and its price points and equipment levels reflect that. Car and Driver did a comparison recently:
http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparisons/10q2/buick_lacrosse_vs._ford_tau- - - rus_hyundai_genesis_lexus_es350-comparison_tests
The Taurus Limited does fall in a similar price range to the Lacrosse CXS, the ES350 and the Genesis. Thus, sometimes they will be cross-shopped. Although the magazine did have some nice things to say about the Taurus, the analysis started off by saying:
In this group, the Taurus is the longest car by far, the tallest by far, the widest by far, with the greatest front and rear tracks and the greatest weight. Jeez, this corn-fed bull is 368 pounds heavier than the Lexus. None of which is necessarily a deal breaker, except for this: its Duratec V-6 produces the least horsepower and torque. The Ford was thus slowest to 60 mph, was slowest in a rolling start to 60 mph, and—compared with, say, the Lexus—was hung out to dry in the left lane an extra 1.3 seconds during 50-to-70-mph passing maneuvers. All voters complained that the Taurus felt bulky, was reluctant to respond quickly, and was happy only when it was toeing a straight and not-so-narrow line. Nor did it help that the Taurus’s brake pedal was spongy. The steering was numb on-center and didn’t have much to report off-center, either. In addition, the V-6, abetted by road noise coming up through the Limited’s 19-inch Goodyear Eagle RS-As, coughed up the greatest racket at a 70-mph cruise.
Now, we all should of course be applauding that they saw fit to compare the Taurus directly with the Genesis and Lexus; I don't think that would have happened with the 500 or the 08-09 Taurus. But as you say Allen, it is still a work in progress, and the next iteration should address some of the very things complained about in this comparison
#402 of 493 Re: Is anyone happy with there taurus? [gregg_vw]
Jun 21, 2010 (10:34 am)
I don't understand it when people complain about the base engine being underpowered when the SHO is available. I'm also sure the SHO would have still been cheaper than the Genesis and the ES350 and would have outperformed them by a wide margin. The Buick would have still been the bargain of the bunch though.
#403 of 493 Re: Is anyone happy with there taurus? [akirby]
Jun 21, 2010 (12:14 pm)
Actually, when you look at the prices, an SHO would probably have been more expensive as delivered than the others in this comparo.
#404 of 493 Re: Is anyone happy with there taurus? [gregg_vw]
Jun 21, 2010 (12:21 pm)
Nope - a similarly equipped SHO is $42K - same as the Genesis and the ES350. The Buick is cheaper.
#405 of 493 Re: Is anyone happy with there taurus? [akirby]
Jun 21, 2010 (1:33 pm)
The base engine of the Taurus is not underpowered, unless one is a hot-rodder. The new base engine of the LaCrosse is underpowered: 2.4 4 cylinder. Also, if back seat comfort is important, the back seat of the Taurus is more comfortable. The trunk of the Lacrosse is puny, too. But it is a beautiful car. But then, so is the Taurus.
#406 of 493 Re: Is anyone happy with there taurus? [bruneau1]
Jun 21, 2010 (6:09 pm)
True enough...the article was only saying that in this comparison, the Taurus was heavy and slower than the others...it is all relative. And the new base engine choice for the Lacrosse is wonderful. I hope soon that every manufacturer will offer us the choice of a reasonably powerful 4 cylinder for larger cars. As you say, not everyone is a hot-rodder, and the 4's available now have more hp than many of the V8s from the 90s. It wasn't too long ago that 200 hp from a V8 was considered more than adequate, even for a Cadillac. Now, the Buick 4 is almost that much and the Hyundai Sonata is 200 hp naturally aspirated (the turbo version is 274 hp).
The trunk of the Lacrosse IS puny. A car that size could easily have a 16 or 17 cubic ft trunk without being any longer than it is. The shorter 2011 Regal has a bigger trunk than the Lacrosse. If Buick had engineered it a bit differently with a slightly bigger trunk, the Lacrosse would be considered full-size by the EPA, and have as much or more room than the Taurus (the Lacrosse back seat is already bigger than that in the Taurus), even with its trimmer length, width and height. On the other hand, with no magic, a car the size of the Taurus should be able to have a ginormous interior to match its trunk (still don't know why all that bulk doesn't translate into more interior room than the Lacrosse).
#407 of 493 Gotta love car and driver!!!
Jun 21, 2010 (8:14 pm)
I think all that car and driver's got is good pic's!!! They test all the other top of the line models except for the taurus SHO! DUH!!! You know I actually saw one of those La crosse's sitting right next to both a fusion and a taurus at the dealership I bought my taurus and, i actually thought that buick was gonna try to take on the fusion this year! the lacrosse is more the size of the fusion than the taurus! I really don't know where the info is coming from that the new 2010 taurus is a "led sled" Mine corners on railes and with the paddle shifters and even with just leaving it in auto it boogies like crazy! I get nothing but compliments from people with bmw's ect askin bout it. When i went to buy my new car I actually went to get a fusion sport awd v-6, until i saw my taurus and drove her first and it was all over! All I have to tell all of ya's out there that are sceptics about the 2010 taurus you have to drive one for your self!!!! Don't listen to some one else complain about it. I betcha youll fall in love with it!!!
#408 of 493 something i just read
Jun 25, 2010 (8:47 pm)
I just read in a motor trend ( i believe mag) well any way it was saying that the 2012 taurus should come out with the 4 cyl turbo! I guess the days of the v 8's are goin bye bye! Too bad Dodge! Speaking of Dodge, it looks like Dodge is going to loose out on the police package cop cars here soon! Did anyone see the Concept police intercepter taurus? (ITS BAD)
#409 of 493 Re: Is anyone happy with there taurus? [bruneau1]
Jun 25, 2010 (8:56 pm)
Ya know your absolutely right!!! I definitely can't argue with that at all! Expecially someone who goes out to by a stripped SE or no badge, compared to a loaded SEL or LTD to SHO. The rim size come down to what kind of driving you want to do. If you like the overall car but not the rim package due to the stiffer ride your salesman should be able to do something about that for you. You can also ask the dealership to put a touring tire on the rim to get a better ride quality instead of a all weather high speed rated tire. It's worth a shot.