After it hit the market for the 1986 model year, the Ford Taurus quickly became a sensation in America. This front-wheel-drive midsize family sedan looked like no other Ford before it and won over car shoppers with its comfortable and roomy cabin and affordable price.
Throughout its first decade of production, the Ford Taurus was consistently one of the best-selling cars in America. As the years wore on, however, the Taurus’ popularity declined considerably due to stagnating design and more desirable competitors. Although Ford briefly killed the Taurus in late 2006, the company resurrected the Taurus moniker for 2008 when it renamed its revamped Five Hundred full-size sedan.
As a used car purchase, an older Taurus will likely work out fine, though in general there will be better midsize sedan choices available. The same could be said of a late-model Taurus and how it compares to other full-size sedans. The current Taurus, however, is significantly better thanks to some notable updates.