2011 Ford Taurus Overview
As full-size sedans go, it will be hard to beat the power, fuel-efficiency, tech and safety features that the impressive 2011 Ford Taurus exhibits.
Available in four trims – SE, SEL, Limited and super-powerful SHO, the 2011 Taurus has something for everyone. A 3.5-liter, 263-horsepower V-6 is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and is standard on the SE trim, while SEL and Limited trims receive the same engine, but add paddle shifters to the transmission. If you desire greater performance, the SHO (Super High Output) trim utilizes a twin-turbo, direct-injection 3.5-liter, 365-horsepower V-6 beast that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive and mounted paddle shifters. The SHO features Ford’s EcoBoost engine that is designed to generate the power of a V-8 with V-6 fuel economy.
Speaking of fuel economy, the Taurus receives 17-18 mpg in the city and 24-28 mpg on the highway and competes with the Buick Lucerne, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon.
An enhanced three-bar grille features a solid center bar, while the top and bottom bar have electric razor-like perforations that will immediately distinguish the 2011 Ford Taurus from all other cars. The front bumper features an open-mouth approach and the hood is sportier and sleeker than previous models. The rear fascia, trunk lid and taillights have also have a sleek look to them. A dual exhaust and 17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum wheels are available.
On the inside, the 2011 Ford Taurus features optional Intelligent Access with push-button start and voice-activated navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link, which delivers real-time traffic info, weather and sports scores. The available 390-watt, 12-speaker, six-CD Sony surround sound audio system provides excellent sound quality and an auxiliary input jack supports most MP3 players. The available SYNC™ Communications system allows you to use voice commands to access your music collection by genre, album, artist or song title, and operate your Bluetooth. A power moonroof and rear sunshade, heated and cooled leather front seats and power-adjustable pedals are also available.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Ford Taurus has you and your family in mind. Side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are just some of the standard features. The available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert is exclusive to the 2011 Ford Taurus and can detect objects within a 65-foot range from either side of the Taurus.
Ford is back in a major way, and the 2011 Ford Taurus is just one of the bulls in the pen that is revved up and rearing to go.