The Ford Taurus: Then and Now
Even if you’ve never driven a Taurus yourself, chances are you’ve taken a ride in one. The 4th oldest model in the Ford arsenal, the Taurus sold a whopping 7.5 million cars and wagons prior to its temporary hiatus in 2007. Luckily for drivers everywhere, the Ford Taurus is back at Terry’s Ford in Peotone, and it’s better than ever.
The Taurus debuted in 1986 to widespread praise from experts and everyday drivers alike. It offered buyers their choice of manual or automatic transmission and a four-cylinder or V6 engine, and was renowned for having controls that were easily recognizable to the touch, which afforded drivers the ability to adjust controls while keeping their eyes on the road. As a result of its wide range of options and innovative features, the Taurus was named Motor Trend’s “1986 Car of the Year” and secured a place on Car and Driver’s “10 Best Cars” list.
The Taurus saw great success through the late 1980s and early 90s, and in 1992 it became the best-selling car in America—a title that it then held for four consecutive years. This coincided with the Taurus’s 1992 introduction of optional passenger-side airbags, and the model became the first in its class to offer them as standard equipment starting in 1994.
In 1996 the Taurus got its first major redesign, taking on an ovular shape that proved to be a bit ahead of its time for most drivers. It was redesigned with a more conservative shape and upgraded to a full-sized sedan for the 2000 model year.
Six years later, the SUV boom forced Ford to end production of the Taurus on October 26, 2006—a dark day for Ford fans, indeed. However, little did they know that their passion would pay off, and Ford wouldn’t wait long to reintroduce its beloved model.
In 2008, the Ford Taurus and the Taurus X debuted at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show due to overwhelming demand for the model. Back in full production for the 2008 model year with significant changes and a new engine, it wasn’t until 2010 that the Taurus underwent a full redesign. The first model in this current generation featured an all-wheel-drive option for the first time ever, along with collision warning and blind spot monitoring. The 2010 body is similar to the one you’ll see on the current 2013 Taurus, which runs on a standard 3.5 litre V6 Eco Boost engine. Upgrades to steering and braking and the addition of Ford MyTouch infotainment technology round out improvements for 2013.
Today’s Taurus models are powerful, graceful, and every bit as innovative as when they were introduced in 1986. Want to experience a new or used Taurus for yourself? Visit Terry’s Ford of Peotone, where we have new 2013 Ford Taurus models in stock, as well as a quality selection of earlier models.
From Bradley, we are located just a 15-mile drive down IL-50 North. You’ll see us on your right, just past the Will County Fairgrounds. Stop on by or give us a call at 888-832-3250 to schedule your test drive in advance. We’ll be happy to serve you either way!