- 263 hp horsepower
- 3.5 liter V6 DOHC engine
- 4 Doors
- 4-wheel ABS brakes
- Air conditioning with dual zone climate control
- Audio controls on steering wheel
- Automatic Transmission
- Center Console - Full with covered storage
- Chrome grill
- Clock - In-radio display
- Cruise control
- Dusk sensing headlights
- External temperature display
- Front seat type - Bucket
- Front-wheel drive
- Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 27 and EPA city (mpg): 18
- Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row
- Interior air filtration
- Intermittent window wipers
- Multi-function remote - Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate
- Overhead console - Mini with storage
- Passenger Airbag
- Power door locks
- Power heated mirrors
- Power windows with 1 one-touch
- Privacy/tinted glass
- Rear bench seats
- Rear defogger
- Speed-proportional power steering
- Stability control
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Traction control - ABS and driveline
- Transmission controls on steering wheel - Gear shift controls
- Trip computer
Most Taurus models are front-wheel drive standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Standard power comes from Ford's 263-horsepower, 3.5L V6, coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The high-performance variant that powers the Taurus SHO is a 3.5L, twin-turbocharged "EcoBoost" V6, which makes 365 horsepower and 350 ft-lb of torque. The engine's two small turbos permit it to make peak torque just above idle. The engine also has direct injection, which Ford claims delivers "the power of a V8 and the efficiency of a V6."
Taurus SHO includes SelectShift paddle shifters, which allow the driver to command the 6-speed automatic transmission's shifts for curves or mountain roads. Torque-sensing all-wheel-drive is standard on the SHO and it employs electromechanical clutches to send torque to the wheels with the most grip. Electronic power steering works with the sport-tuned suspension to handle the power and bring an agile feel.
The SHO gets a number of other performance features designed to help drivers get the most out of the driving experience. The electronic stability control comes with a "Sport Mode," and the SHO rides on Eagle F1 summer performance tires on painted wheels. Inside, the SHO gets "Miko Suede" seat inserts made from recycled materials, plus aluminum-trimmed pedals and aluminum trim throughout. Multi-contour heated-and-cooled seats are available, and there's also a 12-speaker Sony surround sound audio system.
The regular Taurus is offered in three trim levels: SE, SEL and Limited. SEL models get painted aluminum wheels and chrome exhaust tips; they also get supplemental parking lamps and heated exterior mirrors. The top-of-the-line Limited adds power leather seats, a reverse sensing system and a premium sound system that includes the Sync voice-driven interface for phones and portable music devices. Limited models also get showy 19-inch chromed aluminum wheels.
The Taurus is one of the top-rated vehicles in its class in crash tests and comes with a long list of safety features, including stability control, anti-lock brakes, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, a Post-Crash Alert System and crash severity sensing.
Across the Taurus line, technology features are emphasized, with several features showcased. The Cross Traffic Alert and a Collision Warning system promise to aid safety, while Intelligent Access and a MyKey entry system allow parental control programmability. Sirius Travel Link, a set of features for the navigation system that brings live traffic information, weather forecasts, gas prices, and other info, is also available, as are adaptive cruise control and rain-sensing wipers.
Following a thorough facelift and extensive rethinking of features and packages in 2010, the 2011 Ford Taurus sees no significant changes.