Vehicle Profile: The 2011 Ford Taurus Limited

The 2011 Ford Taurus Limited conquers its class.

The Ford Taurus is an innovative and stylish full-size sedan that infuses modern design and dynamics into its most recent iteration. The Taurus Limited edition packs a huge helping of standard features, safety and technology as well.

A large car in the most modern interpretation, the 2011 Taurus Limited has a cavernous interior, deep trunk and tidy on-road manners. Its striking exterior exhibits tasteful brightwork and muscular good looks, and gains three new colors for 2011: Bordeaux Reserve Red Metallic, Kona Blue Metallic and Sterling Gray Metallic. The body assembly will stand up to scrutiny with tight panel gaps like you’ll find on more costly luxury sedans. With an MSRP of $31,770, the 2011 Taurus Limited (also available in SE, SEL and SHO models) is a true bargain, especially after you glance at the spec sheet.

The 2011 Taurus Limited is a superbly equipped car. Standard equipment in the Taurus Limited interior includes 10-way power driver and front passenger seats with perforated leather upholstery and power lumbar control. Also standard is a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents, reverse sensing system and rearview camera. Industry-exclusive Multi-Contour with Active Motion™ front seats, which include six-way lumbar adjustment and massage features, aid alertness and comfort. Ambient lighting is also standard in the Taurus Limited, lending a calm glow at night. Standard 19-inch wheels are weight-saving aluminum and clad in chrome. Power heated mirrors with memory and approach lamps are also included.

Driver convenience and safety is aided by Ford’s voice-activated SYNC® system, which enables hands-free calling and voice-activated music searches as part of its communication and entertainment connectivity capabilities. The optional, highly praised Voice-Activated Navigation System with SIRIUS Travel Link™can clue you in on real-time traffic, weather and fuel prices, as well as movie listings and sports scores. When the car is parked, the eight-inch screen atop the handsomely styled center stack acts as a video display for DVD playback.

Safety is an area in which the 2011 Taurus stands out. A rearview camera is standard equipment on the Limited, and Ford’s MyKey™ system allows owners to limit audio system maximum volume, restrict top speed and program seatbelt and other warnings for less-experienced drivers to help keep them out of trouble. AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control is standard as well. The optional BLIS® with Cross Traffic Alert blind spot information system keeps an eye on vehicles lurking out of sight and warns of crossing traffic when backing up. Available Adaptive Cruise Control will keep the Taurus Limited following traffic at a consistent distance. Collision Warning with Brake Support warns of impending collisions and pre-charges the braking system to ensure maximum stopping ability to help avoid accidents. Taurus is the only vehicle in its class to offer these advanced features.

Safety for the 2011 Ford Taurus Limited begins with SPACE – Side Protection and Cabin Environment Architecture™ – deep in the basic structure of the car. The design of the front frame rails and structural members make for a rigid foundation that absorbs and redirects crash forces. High-strength materials like Boron steel in the B-pillars enhance side-impact protection as well. Front and side airbags work with Ford’s Safety Canopy System®, which consists of front and rear side-curtain airbags, a rollover sensor and roll-fold technology to protect passengers in a collision. Optional all-wheel drive increases traction, making the Taurus Limited a safe, confident vehicle in all climates.

Providing enough power to confidently merge into traffic and stay out of trouble, the 3.5-liter V6 in the Taurus Limited is smooth and refined. The EPA estimates that the Taurus will return 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, numbers that are shockingly high for a vehicle with so much space. The six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission in the Taurus Limited makes the best use of the engine’s power with smooth shifts and a manual control mode that puts racing-inspired shift paddles at the driver’s fingertips. Taurus’ finely tuned chassis uses fully independent suspension and delivers not only a comfortable ride, but also a solid, secure handling without slop.

The 2011 Ford Taurus Limited signifies a triumphant return to an icon that has been absent from the highways for decades: the affordably priced, full-size American car. It’s full of space, comfort and technology without consuming huge amounts of precious natural resources or your available cash flow.

 

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