Despite its old-school looks, dimensions, and feel, we expect the Ford Taurus to head into the 2018 model year as a carryover. This will make two straight years that the Taurus will see zero changes.
As a carryover model, we anticipate not a single change to the looks of the 2018 Taurus. It will continue on with its classic proportions, spacey interior, and massive 20.1-cubic-foot trunk.
With no changes in appearance, we also expect not a single change to its standard features list. Given this proves true, we expect the Taurus to continue with its standard 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, keyless exterior touchpad, six-way power front seats, Sync voice controls, Bluetooth connectivity, a 4.2-inch display screen, and a six-speaker audio system.
We expect no changes in the Taurus’ powertrain department. The base model will continue with a 3.5-liter that will produce 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, buyers can add a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that injects 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque into front-wheel-drive-equipped Taurus sedans. Topping the range, we expect to see the all-wheel-drive SHO model arrive with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that will produce 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
Though it lacks the small-overlap test -- the Taurus has decent safety ratings in the four categories the IIHS tested it in. It also lacks in the forward collision mitigation test due to it not having automatic emergency braking -- its most advanced system only pre-charges the brakes when it senses a crash is coming. With no changes in the works, these ratings should remain the same.
Expect a full review closer to launch.