The Taurus is Ford’s top of the line full-size sedan. It is available in four trim levels including the SHO and starts at $25,555. Average car insurance rates run around $1,300 a year for a full coverage policy, comparable to the insurance cost of many smaller sedans. Remember this is just an average other factors will affect the actual cost. Your age, driving record, and credit can raise or lower your premiums. In addition, some locations have higher than average rates due to more thefts or accidents.

When shopping for car insurance make sure to compare several different companies. Compare not only cost, but coverage as well, and ask about extra services available. You can usually get towing or rental car coverage for just a few dollars more.

Ford Taurus Industry Reviews

The 2012 Ford Taurus has received mixed reviews from consumers. It did win U.S. News awards for Best Affordable Large Car for the Money and Best Full Size Car for Families and received high ratings overall, especially in the safety category.

The vehicles has also received high marks from many independent reviewers for its stylish design, unique features and comfortable ride with a very quiet cabin. Consumers also liked the 365 horsepower in the SHO’s ecoboost engine.

However, the Ford Taurus did lose points for high price tag on options and a confining feel in the cabin. While Kelley Blue Book ranked it number 16 for fuel economy, many reviewers thought at 27 mpg, it could have been better.

What features come with the Ford Taurus?

The 2012 Ford Taurus saw little change this year from 2011. It does feature the new blind spot integration system and you can also get bumper detection or a back up camera. Many of Ford’s other features are available on the Taurus also.

Features like in-dash navigation, iPod input, and Bluetooth capability are optional on all models and standard on the Limited and SHO models. These two models also offer optional DVD entertainment systems. You can also get most models equipped with satellite radio and remote start engines.

The Taurus SHO has embraced the eco friendly world with its new suede feel seats. Theses seats may have to look and feel of suede but are 100% made from recycled plastic bottles. All models also feature clean air filtration systems to reduce dust and particles in the car.

The Taurus received the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Safety features that come standard on this car include vehicle stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes. It also front and side airbags as well as rear head air bags and the passenger seat is also equipped with an air bag detection sensor (which deactivates if a passenger is under a certain weight).

What changes are planned for the 2013 Ford Taurus?

The Ford Taurus debuted in 1986 and was an instant success. It rode this success for many years including the 1989 release of the SHO. In 1992, they revamped the Taurus to make it sleeker and smoother without changing the overall dimensions.

In 1996, Ford designers went crazy with the third generation redesign but it managed to hold its place as a top-selling car. Sadly, 1997 sales started to slip and by 2000, they tried to make the car friendlier by dropping the outrageous design and the SHO completely.

The latest attempt to revise the Ford Taurus came in 2008 when the Ford Five Hundred was redesigned and renamed with the Taurus name. The 2013 model is expected to be the biggest revision since it new release.

The biggest change will be the engine. The 2013 model will have a new 2-liter turbo charged ecoboost engine. The SHO will keep its V6 ecoboost engine though. In addition to more power, the new engine will give drivers a better fuel efficiency rating of 31 mpg.

The car is also getting improved torque and an enhanced electronic power assisted steering system for better control on turns and at high speeds. The brakes will be more responsive with the new master cylinder to address complaints of soft brakes.

The exterior is also getting a new look with a smoother scalloped hood and larger tires. Chrome exhaust tips and LED lamps will finish off the look. The Taurus SHO is getting even more style. It is receiving a new black mesh grill and HID headlights to accent it. The tires are being replaced with larger painted rims and it will be finished off with black accents on side mirrors and a new deck spoiler.

Of course, no revamp is complete without a new interior. Upgrade materials promise to provide a softer more luxurious feel and a new heated steering wheel is being included. Ford will also be offering the My Ford Touch system on the new Taurus. This includes touch screen navigation and HD radio with Sony speakers.

Although car insurance quotes are not out yet for the 2012 Ford Taurus many expect these to stay in line with current average premiums.