Test Driving a 2011 Taurus AWD Limited

carThe gang at Ford and I go way back. A couple of years ago, they put me in a Ford Focus for a week. Then, last year, I got a Ford Fusion for a week. This summer, I'll be driving two cars, starting with the 2011 Ford Taurus AWD Limited I picked up yesterday.

To be honest, I like smaller cars. I always have, and I think I always will. I'm looking forward to next week when I get the Fiesta, but this Taurus has been a fun drive. It's sure roomy, and it's got the Sync technology so I can have fun with my iPod and Blackberry. Not to mention the navigation system and Sirius radio, so I can listen to Howard Stern. It's fully loaded with plenty of fun perks. My current car doesn't even have automatic windows.

There's another reason I wanted to try out the new Taurus. Many moons ago, I owned an '86 Ford Taurus. I bought it for $100 and drove it into the ground. It's the car I drove before I bought my current car, and I loved it.

Here's my old Taurus:

My '86 Taurus

Here's the 2011 Ford Taurus AWD Limited I'll be driving all week:

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This will be fun.

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Wilfred Reinke aka @oshawaogre

I had an 89 Taurus, it was a great car, eventually it became my sons first car

July 10, 2010 @ 10:36 AM

Rick C in Oakville

The new styling is beautiful, we had a 90 sable which we drove to over 350000 KM and still got $400 bucks for it.

July 10, 2010 @ 10:58 PM


It looks good overall, but it's not without issues. One disappointing design detail is the fake vent on the quarter panel. It's not even a real opening, just a piece of black plastic. Also, the interior wood trim on the Taurus looks so obviously fake (and there are big expanses of it). That steering wheel looks clunky and I've also heard bad things about the raked roof in terms of backseat head room.

The car really catches your attention and I don't remember when Ford last made an everyday sedan that looked this good, but some of the fine details could have been better handled.

July 11, 2010 @ 6:33 PM


All it needs is a set of spinners and blacked out windows.

July 11, 2010 @ 9:56 PM


Lol what it used to look like, happy to erase and replace it with the current model.

July 15, 2013 @ 4:31 PM

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