The 2005 Ford Taurus has seen some revisions to interior
detailing, new exterior colors, a simplified series strategy
for the various models and minor changes to the availability
of optional packages.
The value-oriented Ford Taurus is available in two body
styles: a four-door sedan that seats five or six passengers
and a four-door, seven- or eight-passenger station wagon.
The 2005 Ford Taurus comes in SE and SEL trims for wagon
and sedan for four models in total.
Customers looking at the Ford Taurus can choose between
the refined sedan and the roomy wagon. Taurus sedans use
a three-passenger front bench seat for six-passenger capacity,
or two front buckets for five-passenger capacity. Wagons
also offer an optional two-passenger rear-facing third-row
seat for up to eight-passenger capacity.
New for 2005, Ford has enhanced the SEL with a wood steering
wheel and shift knob and woodgrain appliqué trim
on the center console, door trim and instrument panel. Though
value-oriented, the Taurus SEL model still features a generous
collection of standards that includes automatic climate
control, power-adjustable pedals, a leather-wrapped steering
wheel and an AM/FM/cassette player with 6-disc CD changer.
Nearing twenty years old, the Ford Taurus continues to evolve.
2004 models have a new egg-crate grille and front and rear
fascia for a more upscale sort of look.
Two engines power the front-wheel drive Taurus group of
vehicles. The standard model is a 3.0-liter V6. it has 153
horsepower at 4900 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3900 rpm.
The second engine ups the power, giving the 2005 Ford Taurus
more bite off the blocks and better passing ability. This
optional (SEL only) 3.0-liter is a dual overhead cam V6
with 201 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 207 lb-ft of torque
at 4500 rpm.
Both engines are linked to a 4-speed automatic transmission
with adaptive shift control programming, fast-acting hydraulics
and an enhanced torque converter. Fuel economy benefits,
with 20/27 mpg (city/hwy).
Safety and Security
The Taurus has been rated as one of the best family cars
in terms of safety. In addition to the standard package,
which improves as you move up the model lineup, customers
can also pick up the optional Safety and Security package
that is newly available for all models and includes side-impact
airbags, antilock brakes and traction control.