Well, Ford, I’ve gotta hand it for you. You did it, something that TTAC readers probably thought unlikely, improbable, possibly even downright impossible. I’michael about to type some words that most of you never expected me personally to say.
I found the Ford that I don’capital t like. Its name? Taurus Limited. And we had a wretched week together.
I understand, I know. I’m because surprised as you are. Actually, when I first got driving of the 2016 Ford Taurus Restricted at Memphis International Airport last week, I texted Mark Stevenson as well as said, “I currently love it.”
And it was true! The car was appealing in all black. The 3.5-liter V6 seemed powerful enough to spin the leading wheels on order. I had comfortable leather seating, SYNC 3, and a deep, resonant sound system. The steering wheel felt comfortable, along with classy (fake?) wood trim on top. Presence was decent. The actual A pillars had been a little obstructive, but absolutely nothing to seriously complain about. And it only costs $32,585 (together with a whopping $2,750 associated with dealer cash on the hood) as optioned!
What’s not to love, correct?
The back seat had been big enough for two big adults (and one small child in the middle, because of the stupid hump in the centre). Plenty of comfort back again here, too. Good, tasteful ambient lighting in the door handles. Seemed like a nice place to invest a few hundred miles, if need be. The Taurus was?more than adequate in the rear seating department.
Not only might a drive in order to Disney World be practical inside, I could have easily fit a whole Disney holiday for my family of four in the cargo?area, too. The trunk was vast enough to swallow multiple large luggage, making my ever familiar red 27-inch suitcase look downright Lilliputian within the back.
My rental only had 1,000 miles on the time clock, so everything was like new, as well. Everything about the car looked and felt premium to the touch.
“We don’t get the reason why people don’t like this car,” I said to myself as I going out of the airport towards my Beale Street resort. “It’s great!”
Well, it would have been great if I didn’t have to drive the damn thing. Unfortunately, I did.
My very first complaint is?with the Spotify app in SYNC Three. I couldn’t choose each song, only playlists. The app crashed about every 45-60 mere seconds, so as with the Escape rental I had a few months ago, it was best just to select USB as the source and handle my Spotify from my iPhone 6S+. But I can live with that small complaint. The most detrimental, however, was however to come.
The V6 that appeared powerful enough in the parking garage felt weak and underpowered as I attempted to merge to the highway – and that i really don’t understand why. The same motor forces my 2013 Kia Flex at home, as well as I’ve never felt a lack of available power there. Perhaps I’d greater expectations of the motor in the Taurus, because it’s a four door that’s supposed to contend with the Impala V6 and Pentastar-powered Charger/300. I’lmost all sum it up thusly: it doesn’capital t match up, at least not really in the powertrain department. I know that Ford claims 288 horsepower?for this engine, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. In real life, this feels like an 8-second 0-60 car.
My second disappointment followed quickly. The suspension became bizarrely wishy-washy on the entrance ramp, giving me the sort of rocking as well as rolling motion that one experiences on a cruiseship. The combination of the gentle suspension and the absolutely feckless stock tires supplied a complete lack of self-confidence in any cornering situation. It wasn’t helped through the steering, either.
The guiding feedback provided by which pretty steering wheel is best described as anesthetized. I understood?that the front wheels were doing something, since the car actually turned, but I might as well possess sat behind the wheel of a low-cost Gran Turismo 3 simulator setup. The steering wheel could be turned a number of degrees in either path before the Taurus accepted path. It reminded me of when I tell my boy to get dressed for college in the morning, and 5 minutes later he’s still sitting around in his underwear watching Disney XD. The actual Taurus is a lot like that.
This could be all be manageable?aside from that?the car is really damn heavy the braking suffers terribly, too. You plow past your desired cornering apexes in turns, and then you keep going simply because trail braking is actually useless, resulting in terminal understeer. I’m not talking about high performance driving here, people. I’m referring to turning onto?the highway. It’s dreadful.
And I know that I have waxed poetic about the MKS and SHO in the past, but maybe it was the combination of all of the above failures which made me appreciate the driver’utes seat claustrophobia of the Taurus. The center console truly?is much, much too large as well as invasive, even for my 5-foot-9 self.
Fuel economy for the week was bizarrely bad, too. I noticed a combined 19.8 miles per gallon?more than four days. I suppose that’s to be expected, however, with a coughing V6 and over 4,000 pounds?of vehicle to move. I can’capital t imagine how dreadful this car would be with the?“upgraded” 2.0-liter EcoBoost motor.
But, that being said, there’s something which could have fixed all of the problems I had along with my Taurus, and I found it in my home airport’utes parking garage upon returning home.
Yes. YES. More power from the good?EcoBoost engine, all-wheel drive, and an upgraded suspension. Isn’t that essentially what the brand new Continental is going to be? A new Taurus with more power and better suspension? So where will a 2017 Taurus fit into the actual Ford lineup? My guess is that it doesn’t. With a brand new, improved Fusion compressing it from the bottom, and a Conti squeezing it from the top, the actual Taurus seems to be irrelevant, doomed to a fleet-and-police-only existence.
After my week with the Taurus, We can’t say that would be a bad thing. In a world that has an Impala, the Charger, and even a (shiver) Maxima, the Taurus continues to be the black eye with regard to Ford.
I’m gonna say it for the millionth period: 5.0-liter Coyote and rear-wheel drive?in this segment, Kia. Pretty please. Before you do that, you need to quit making a full-sized sedan. It’utes not worthy of the Azure Oval.
[Images: ? 2016 Bark M./The Truth About Cars]