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2006 Ford Taurus SEL

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Stock # :
8039
VIN # :
1FAFP56U76A169373
Engine:
3.0L V6 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Tungsten Metallic
Interior Color:
Gray
Body
Sedan
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
20
Highway MPG:
27
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2006 ford taurus

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4
52 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (40%)
4 Star - (37%)
3 Star - (15%)
2 Star - (8%)
1 Star - (3%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4
COMFORT
4.3
INTERIOR
3.9
RELIABILITY
4.3
VALUE
3

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

No longer a contender in the midsize car segment, the aged Ford Taurus should be avoided. If you want a Ford sedan, the newer Fusion and Five Hundred are better-qualified candidates.

What's New

The wagon has been dropped from the lineup, leaving just the Taurus sedan, and the Duratec V6 engine is no longer available.

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PROS

Low price, roomy interior, seats up to six.

Introduction

For two decades, the Taurus was the Yankee entry in the midsize car sales war, the Ford sedan that jumped into the ring to duke it out with the top-selling Camry and Accord. But even with substantial fleet and rental sales numbers to prop up the figures, the Taurus hasn't won a match since the mid-1990s. This year it loses its starting role in the Ford lineup to the Fusion, a stylish new sedan based on the excellent Mazda 6 platform.

The 2006 Ford Taurus will stick around as a lower-cost alternative to the Fusion and the larger Five Hundred sedan, but its wagon body style and the 200-horse Duratec V6 are history. Still, the Taurus does have a few lingering advantages. It's roomy, safe and loaded with features for the price. Downsides include poor expected resale value, spotty build quality and a generally unrefined driving demeanor. And don't go looking for state-of-the-art features like a navigation system, stability control or even side curtain airbags -- those aren't available. If you're at a Ford dealership and looking at midsize sedans, we suggest skipping the Taurus.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Ford Taurus comes in two trim levels, SE and SEL. Standard items on the SE include remote keyless entry; air conditioning; cassette stereo; power locks, windows, and mirrors; cruise control; a trip computer; and a front bench seat (allowing the car to seat up to six). Move up to SEL trim and you get all of these items standard, along with a keyless entry keypad on the driver-side door, body-color rearview mirrors with approach lamps, alloy wheels, perimeter alarm system and a stereo with CD player. Additional SEL features include wood trim accents and front bucket seats with a center console, floor shifter and power adjustments for the driver. SE models can be upgraded with a Preferred Equipment package that includes alloy wheels, rear spoiler and power driver seat. The SEL offers a Premium Package with a six-disc CD changer, automatic climate control, leather seating, rear spoiler, power passenger seat, HomeLink universal transceiver and auto headlamps.

Powertrains and Performance

There is one V6 engine offered: the 3.0-liter "Vulcan" V6. Power is rated at just 153 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. This V6 is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Expect to average 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Safety

Front disc/rear drum brakes are standard. An optional Safety/Security package bundles seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants, antilock brakes and traction control into one group. The Ford Taurus earned a perfect five-star rating in NHTSA frontal crash testing and three stars in side-impact tests. In 40-mph frontal offset testing conducted by the IIHS, the Taurus has earned a "Good" rating and was named a "Best Pick" among family cars.

Interior Design and Special Features

Ford Taurus cabins have a dated look and feel, but most controls are easy to find and use. The broad, flat seats aren't especially supportive but can accommodate occupants of all sizes. Carrying six passengers is a legitimate prospect if your Taurus has the front bench seat. The front bench seat also includes a flip/fold center compartment with cupholders and storage cubbies. The trunk measures a spacious 17 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

The engine is noisier than most competing V6s and has less power than most competing four-cylinder engines. The automatic transmission gets the job done but is slow to downshift and not especially smooth. Ride quality in the 2006 Ford Taurus is generally comfortable, but can be harsh over more severe bumps and ruts. Braking distances are longer than those of most peers, and neither the suspension nor the steering is suited for brisk driving around corners.

Factory Installed Options

  • 3.0L SOHC SMPI 12-VALVE V6 VULCAN ENGINE

    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Security System
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • CD Player

Safety

  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor

Seat & Trim

  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
  • Woodgrain Interior Trim

Tires & Wheels

  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • 130-amp alternator
  • 16" 7-spoke machined aluminum wheels
  • 18.0 gallon fuel tank
  • 3.0L SOHC SMPI 12-valve V6 Vulcan engine
  • 58-amp/hr low-maintenance battery w/battery saver
  • Black rocker panel moldings
  • Center console w/cupholders, storage
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Cloth-covered sun visors w/covered illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Color-keyed body-side protection moldings
  • Color-keyed carpeting w/integral driver footrest
  • Color-keyed pwr mirrors
  • Delay-off dome lamp
  • Driver/passenger side rear grab handles
  • Dual auxiliary pwr points
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Emergency inside trunk release

 

  • Engine block heater *STD on retail vehicles only in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY. Optional on fleet vehicles*
  • Fixed whip antenna
  • Front ashtray
  • Front door/ashtray/luggage compartment courtesy lights
  • Front wheel drive
  • Front/rear color-keyed bumpers
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Fuel shutoff switch deactivates fuel pump upon rear impact
  • Gauges-inc: temp, fuel, trip odometer, million mile odometer, tachometer, 120-mph electronic speedometer, message center w/compass & external temp display
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension-inc: strut-mounted coil spring, lower control arm, cast knuckle w/integral ball joints
  • Independent MacPherson strut rear suspension-inc: strut-mounted coil spring, tension strut, parallel control arms, cast spindle w/forged stem
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) System on rear outboard seat locations
  • Light group-inc: dual-beam map, dome
  • Mini spare tire
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Perimeter anti-theft system

 

  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering w/variable assist
  • Pwr windows
  • Rear floor heat ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • SecuriLock/immobilizer anti-theft system
  • Security approach perimeter lighting
  • Side door high strength intrusion beams
  • Solar-tinted glass
  • Speed control
  • Tilt steering column
  • Trunk grocery bag hooks
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/washer
  • Warning lights-inc: airbags, door ajar, battery, oil pressure, service engine soon, seat belt reminder, low fuel, low brake fluid
  • Wood trim-inc: center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gear shift knob, door switch bezels

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