When Ford released the Taurus back in 1986, they probably had no idea that they would change the automobile market forever.
As import-branded sedans were piling into the American market during the late half of the 20th-century, Ford developed the Taurus to turn the American market around. Over three decades later and the Taurus is still rolling.
A Condensed History of the Ford Taurus
The Ford Taurus was first introduced to the market back in 1986. It was a major milestone for the Ford company, as well as the entire automobile industry, as this was the first-ever car that used statistical process control.
The Latest Technology of the Ford Taurus
The most popular engine for the 2019 Ford Taurus is a 3.5L V-6 engine that puts out 288 horsepower. It utilizes a six-speed automatic transmission and either front or four-wheel-drive. Ford also developed an SHO Model for high-performance lovers, which uses a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V-6 engine with 365 horsepower.
Though fairly large from the outside, the interior is a bit small. The car doesn’t come with your modern infotainment system or other tech-savvy features, though it does have a few driver-assistance features including adaptive cruise control, self-parking, and lane-keeping assist. As of 2019, the Ford Taurus will be going out of production, so get one while you can!
A Brief Timeline of the Ford Taurus
- First Generation Ford Taurus (1986-1991)
The first-generation Ford Taurus was a major departure from Ford’s standard full-size family sedans. It was a mid-size sedan that used a unitized body and front-wheel-drive. Ford gave drivers the choice of four-cylinder or V-6 engines that could either be paired with automatic or manual transmission. The Taurus could be purchased in a station wagon or sedan configuration.
- Second Generation Ford Taurus (1992-1995)
The second-generation Ford Taurus had smaller headlights and taillights, as well as more glass. While the manual transmission and four-cylinder engine were dropped from the Taurus, the SHO model kept it. It was the first mid-size sedan with dual front airbags in 1994.
- Third Generation Ford Taurus (1996-1999)
The third-generation Taurus was much rounder and heavier, and used a 3.0L V-6 dual overhead camshaft 24-valve engine. The SHO model was upgraded with a V-8 engine.
- Fourth Generation Ford Taurus (2000-2007)
The car was given a more formal look for the fourth generation and the SHO version was dropped from the lineup. The car was cut from Ford’s lineup until…
- Fifth Generation Ford Taurus (2008-2009)
The fifth-generation only saw 500 cars named the Taurus and Taurus X respectively. Not much had been changed during this generation.
- Sixth Generation Ford Taurus (2010-2019)
In 2010, Ford released the sixth and final-generation Taurus with a new grille, taillights, and Ford’s MyTouch Infotainment System. Ford is no longer manufacturing the Ford Taurus now.
The Ford Taurus In the News
According to recent news, the decision to cut the Ford Taurus from production has been finalized.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Ford Taurus
Though the Ford Taurus was a pretty big deal back in the day, we never thought of it as a celebrity car. With that said, there is probably no Ford Taurus owner as proud as Conan O’Brien, who is constantly showing off his 1992 Ford Taurus.
Best Ford Taurus Groups
If you’re looking for a community that is dedicated to all Taurus and SHO models throughout history, there is no better place to go than the Taurus Car Club of America.
Remembering the Ford Taurus
The Ford Taurus will finally be going out of production, though whether it is for good, we’re not totally sure. All we can say is that the car had an incredible run and will be a gem in the scrap-heap of past automobiles.