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2005 Ford Taurus Trims


Avg. Price: $5,785

The base model of this popular mid-sized affordable sedan is the 2005 Ford Taurus SE, which comes well equipped with power features, cruise control, remote entry, a trip computer, a cassette player, a security system, a tachometer, intermittent wipers (and a rear wiper in the wagon), and a tilt steering wheel. The interior is roomy enough for six, though four are more comfortable, and the wagon version can hold up to eight passengers with an optional rear-facing third row. Trunk size in the sedan is 17 cubic feet, and the rear seats do not fold down. The wagon starts with 38 cubic feet, and the seats fold down for up to 81 cubic feet of space. The wagon also features a roof rack.

A 3.0-liter, 153-hp V6 and 4-speed auto tran are standard, though a twin-cam version of the V6 that delivers 201-hp is available. Dual front airbags are standard, earning four and five-star ratings, but front-side airbags, ABS, traction, and stability control are optional. There are plenty of options, including a power driver's seat, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, a sunroof, a CD player, and a rear spoiler. There is also a flexible fuel option for the 2005 Ford Taurus SE. Drivers like the roomy interior and affordability and the overall practicality. Less than advertised 21/27 mpg, some engine and brake shudder, and cheap-looking interior materials mar the overall picture.

SE Wagon

Avg. Price: $6,559


Avg. Price: $6,203

A bit more luxurious than the SE, the 2005 Ford Taurus SEL offers more features, but keeps the same powertrain, a 3.0-liter, 153-hp V6 or optional DOHC V6 that gets 201-hp. Both come with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The biggest change for the 2005 Taurus SEL is the wood package that is now standard, and includes wood trim for the doors, dash, and shift knob. The SEL rides on 16-inch wheels and features dual front airbags. A tire monitor will be offered later in the year, joining ABS brakes, front-side airbags, and traction and stability control on the options list.

Building on the power features, trip computer, cruise control, and security system of the SE, the SEL adds a 6-way driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a CD player. The sedan seats up to six, while the wagon seats up to eight with an optional rear seat, and the wagon's trunk can hold up to 81 cubic feet with the seats down, compared to 17 cubic feet in the sedan. Options on the 2005 Taurus SEL include automatic headlights, a CD changer, a power passenger seat, leather upholstery, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, sunroof, and upgraded audio system. Poor resale value, sluggish acceleration, and bland materials are downsides to the 2005 Taurus SEL, but owners are pleased with the reliability, smooth ride, and interior space.

SEL Wagon

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Avg. Price: $6,211