The Ford Taurus was once Ford’s best-selling full sized sedan offering only to be toppled by their own Ford Fusion in terms of their own sales; now, the 2016 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost is normally equipped with a V6 power plant common in full-sized sedans but for reasons, Ford offers a 2-Liter EcoBoost variant of the Taurus promising V6 performance but increased economy.
The 2016 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost Does Not Compensate for the Extra Bulk
The 2016 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost is scheduled for a refresh for the incoming next generation and thank goodness a refresh is coming. The current Taurus has grown into a massive sedan that looks good, and while bigger means better, the interior room is actually smaller than other sedans of the competition with smaller bodies.And the mention of a big body and EcoBoost seems to brew a sense of scepticism and indeed it does. The Taurus EcoBoost is equipped with a 2.0-Liter turbocharged inline four cylinder that puts out 240hp at a rather 5,500rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 3000rpm. This, combined with the heft of the sedan makes the tiny two-liter struggle.
The interior of the 2016 Taurus 2.0 boasts the quality and feel of a full sized sedan but when compared to the competition, the interior volume is actually trailing behind the competition despite the Taurus being larger on the external dimensions. The front seats are comfortable, and come with heating and massage functions. Rear passenger space could fit three passengers but is on the cozy side for a full sized sedan. So you might ask where did the external dimensions go? It went out back, and by that I mean it’s got a 20 cubic foot trunk to fit whatever you and your four passengers lug around.
Driving the 2016 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost, the steering is slow and lifeless, and the handling due to the bulk is almost SUV-like, the Taurus seems to be not fit for enthusiastic driving. Amazingly, the EcoBoost can propel the Taurus from 0-60 in just around 7.4 seconds which is not bad considering the weight of the car but the 5500rpm power band makes the engine work hard and work hard indeed it did. The engine struggled to accelerate the Taurus on digs and it seems it doesn’t want any more after a few tries on our review as the power went down and no warning lights came up on the dash. This is not good at all if you’re looking for a well-performing vehicle.