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#1 of 36 2011 Ford Taurus
Nov 05, 2010 (10:56 am)
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.
#2 of 36 Re: 2011 Ford Taurus [shakes67]
Nov 29, 2010 (10:51 am)
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.
#3 of 36 Re: 2011 Ford Taurus [steevo]
Nov 29, 2010 (11:26 am)
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.
#4 of 36 Safest car on the road!
Mar 02, 2011 (1:32 am)
One thing many people fail to evaluate is the safety quotient of a given vehicle. According to informedforlife.org, 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?
#5 of 36 2011 Taurus SEL update
Apr 09, 2011 (7:22 pm)
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.
#6 of 36 Re: 2011 Taurus SEL update [letsgetmikey]
Apr 10, 2011 (10:35 am)
#7 of 36 Re: 2011 Taurus SEL update [wwest]
Apr 11, 2011 (6:24 am)
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.
#9 of 36 Re: 2011 Taurus SEL update [ronsmith38]
Apr 17, 2011 (5:34 am)
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.
#10 of 36 2011 Ford Taurus Lim follow-up
Apr 18, 2011 (1:58 pm)
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.