2012 Ford Taurus  -  $26,350


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $26,350
Base Invoice: $24,480
Destination Charge: $795
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn SE FWD
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 22 | City: 18 | Hwy: 28
Body Style: 4dr Sdn SE FWD
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission
Engine: 3.5L V6 Duratec engine

Pros

Stylish design inside and out; roomy, luxurious interior; range of high-tech options; strong performance from SHO model


Model Highlights

Most Taurus models are front-wheel drive standard; all-wheel drive is optional. Standard power comes from Ford's 263-horsepower, 3.5L V6, coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Taurus is offered in three trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and SHO. SEL models get painted aluminum wheels and chrome exhaust tips; they also get supplemental parking lamps and heated exterior mirrors. The Limited adds power leather seats, a reverse sensing system and a premium sound system that includes the Sync voice-driven interface for phones and portable music devices. Limited models also get showy 19-inch chromed aluminum wheels.

The high-performance Taurus SHO is powered by a 3.5L, turbocharged and direct-injected "EcoBoost" V6, which makes 365 horsepower and 350 ft-lb of torque. The engine's two small turbos permit it to make peak torque just above idle, and direct injection technology claims to deliver "the power of a V8 and the efficiency of a V6," according to Ford.

The SHO's powerful engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic "SelectShift" transmission with paddle shifters, which allow the driver to shift manually to suit the driving conditions. Torque-sensing all-wheel-drive is standard on the SHO and it employs electromechanical clutches to send torque to the wheels with the most grip. Electronic power steering works with the sport-tuned suspension to handle the power and bring an agile feel.

The SHO rides on Eagle F1 summer performance tires on unique painted wheels. Inside, the SHO gets "Miko Suede" seat inserts made from recycled materials, plus aluminum-trimmed pedals and aluminum trim throughout. Multi-contour heated-and-cooled seats are available, and there's also a 12-speaker Sony surround sound audio system.

The Taurus is one of the top-rated vehicles in its class in crash tests and comes with a long list of safety features, including stability control, anti-lock brakes, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, a Post-Crash Alert System and crash severity sensing.

Across the Taurus line, technology features are emphasized. Several systems utilize front and rear sensors and cameras to improve safety. Cross Traffic Alert warns the driver of vehicles to the rear that may be obscured when backing out of a driveway or parking spot. Collision Warning will warn a distracted driver of impending contact with another car and even employ the brakes if necessary. Adaptive cruise control, a system that monitors traffic ahead and will follow at a predetermined distance is also available. Intelligent Access and a MyKey entry system give parents control over who has access to the car and what happens when they give young drivers the keys. Sirius Travel Link, a set of features for the navigation system that brings live traffic information, weather forecasts, gas prices, and other info, is also available.


Model News

Following a thorough facelift and extensive rethinking of features and packages in 2010, the Ford Taurus comes into 2012 with no significant changes.


Value Writeup

Clean, attractive packaging makes the 2012 Taurus one of the most appealing big sedans on the market. With a roomy interior and smooth ride and a striking interior styling , the Taurus now offers a luxury-car feel at a family sedan price. The Taurus is packed with high-tech features, offering many that aren't available on any other non-luxury-brand sedans. What's more, the high-performance Taurus SHO makes a solidly performing and stylish alternative to sport sedans from Germany--at a fraction of the price.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7

EPA Classification
Large Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
28 MPG

Cruising Range - City
342.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
18 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
22 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
532.00 mi

Engine Order Code
99W

Engine Type
Gas V6

Displacement
3.5L/213

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500

Trans Order Code
44J

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
102.2 ft³

Front Head Room
39.0 in

Front Leg Room
41.9 in

Front Shoulder Room
57.9 in

Front Hip Room
56.3 in

Second Head Room
37.8 in

Second Leg Room
38.1 in

Second Shoulder Room
56.9 in

Second Hip Room
55.8 in

Wheelbase
112.9 in

Length, Overall
202.9 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
76.2 in

Height, Overall
60.7 in

Track Width, Front
65.3 in

Track Width, Rear
65.5 in

Liftover Height
30.4 in

Trunk Volume
20.1 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4015 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
1000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
100 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
1000 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
150 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.1 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.8 in

Front Tire Order Code
TCK

Rear Tire Order Code
TCK

Front Tire Size
P235/60R17

Rear Tire Size
P235/60R17

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
41.0 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.4 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.0 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
19.0 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
60,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
13V109000

Mfg's Report Date
MAR 27, 2013

Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected
3,037

Summary
Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and model year 2013 Explorer vehicles manufactured July 19, 2011, through March 15, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed seam in the side of the tank. As a result, the fuel tanks may not provide the expected strength in the event of an impact. The tanks may also leak.

Consequence
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 9, 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S03. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V247000

Mfg's Report Date
APR 26, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
695

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Ford Flex, 2008 and 2010-2012 Ford Taurus, 2008-2009 Ford Taurus X, 2008 Mercury Sable, 2009 and 2011 Lincoln MKS vehicles. The driver frontal air bag may improperly inflate during second-stage deployment in the event of a high speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

Consequence
An improperly inflated air bag increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the driver's frontal air bag module, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 13, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16C06.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
14V285000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 28, 2014

Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected
183425

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Taurus vehicles manufactured November 24, 2008, through February 28, 2014, originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. When used in areas that use road salt, the license plate lamp assembly may experience an electro-chemical reaction and corrosion as a result of water intrusion.

Consequence
This corrosion may result in a short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the license plate lamp assemblies, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S08. Note: Under program 14R01, Ford will notify owners in non-corrosion states, and, at the customer's request, dealers will replace the license plate lamp assembly.

Dates of Manufacture
NOV 23, 2008 to FEB 27, 2014

Manufacturer Recall No.
14S08

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V340000

Mfg's Report Date
JUN 02, 2015

Component
STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected
393,623

Summary
Ford Moor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford Fusion vehicles without a 3.5L engine and Lincoln MKZ hybrid electric vehicles, 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with a 3.5L GTDI engine and 2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with any available engine. The affected vehicles have electric power steering assist systems that may shut down as a result of a steering motor sensor fault.

Consequence
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will check the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). If dealers find any loss of steering assist DTCs, the steering gear will be replaced, free of charge. If, no codes are found during the PSCM inspection, the PSCM software will be updated, free of charge. Interim notices were mailed to owners on July 20, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S18.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V040000

Mfg's Report Date
JAN 28, 2015

Component
STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected
194,889

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Ford Taurus vehicles manufactured December 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, and 2011-2013 Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured June 1, 2011, to October 31, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.

Consequence
If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 16, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S02.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
11.3%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

3.5L V6 Duratec engine

6-speed automatic transmission -inc: hill mode

2.77 final drive ratio

Front wheel drive

Pwr steering

4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes w/brake assist

Easy Fuel capless refueling

Dual chrome exhaust tips

P235/60R17 all-season BSW tires

17" painted sparkle silver aluminum wheels

Compact spare tire

Automatic wiper-activated halogen headlamps

Remote perimeter lighting

Incandescent tail lamps -inc: red surround

Black pwr mirrors -inc: integrated spotter mirror

Solar tinted glass

Fixed interval intermittent windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, audio input jack

Front cloth bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar/recline, 2-way manual passenger seat

60/40 split fold-flat rear seat w/adjustable center head restraint -inc: fold down armrest w/cupholders

Vinyl-wrapped front center console -inc: armrest, storage bin & removable trinket tray

Front/rear carpeted floor mats

Tilt/telescoping steering wheel -inc: cruise & audio controls

Instrumentation cluster -inc: message center w/trip computer

Pwr windows w/driver one-touch up/down

Delayed accessory lighting

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry w/SecuriCode entry keypad -inc: integrated key-head transmitter

SecuriLock passive anti-theft system

Cruise control

Air conditioning w/particulate air filter

Rear seat heat ducts

Rear window defroster

Lockable glove box w/damped door

(3) auxiliary pwr points

Sliding front sunvisors w/illuminated visor vanity mirrors

Front dome/map lamp

Rear seat reading lamps

Front seatback map pockets

Brake & engine actuated traction control

AdvanceTrac w/electronic stability control

Dual-stage front air bags w/front passenger sensing system

Front side-impact air bags

Safety Canopy front/rear curtain airbags w/rollover sensor

SOS Post-Crash Alert System

MyKey system -inc: top speed limiter, audio volume limiter, early low fuel warning, programmable speed alert chimes, BeltMinder w/audio mute

Personal safety system -inc: safety belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors, driver seat position sensing, crash severity sensing

BeltMinder for driver/front passenger safety belts

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system on rear outboard seat locations

Child safety rear door locks

 
STANDARD EMISSIONS
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS NOT REQUIRED
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS EXEMPTION FOR PUBLIC SERVICE/EMERGENCY VEHICLES
$0

 
FEDERAL EMISSIONS STATE DEALER ORDER FOR CALIFORNIA EMISSION STATES REGISTRATION
$0

 
3.5L V6 DURATEC ENGINE
$0

 
6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
$0

 
100A EQUIPMENT GROUP ORDER CODE
$0

 
P235/60R17 ALL-SEASON BSW TIRES
$0

 
STERLING GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
INGOT SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
WHITE SUEDE
$0

 
DARK BLUE PEARL
$0

 
CINNAMON METALLIC
$0

 
TUXEDO BLACK METALLIC
$0

 
EBONY BLACK
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
LIGHT STONE, CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
FRONT LICENSE PLATE BRACKET
$0

 
ALL WEATHER FLOOR MATS
$75

 
POWERCODE REMOTE START SYSTEM
$425

 
SMOKERS PACK W/ASH/COIN CUP
$95

 
CARGO ORGANIZER
$160

 
PRICED DORA
$0


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