We are very satisfied with our Taurus. It was cheap to buy new, insure, taxes, and a comfort to own as far as only having a $15000 car to worry about dings and dents in parking lots, but this $15,000 car is very comfortable, reliable, and roomy.
Some of our friends and family have had some issues with a few Taurus, but they were older ones like 1996 and bought used.
We kind of had to buy a new Honda Accord last month, out son is a salesman at the Honda place and he needed to sell 2-more cars last month to get his bonus ($11,000) and trip (Valued at $7000), otherwise we would have saved a ton of money and got another Taurus.
The trade in on our like new 2001 Taurus with 110,000 miles was only $3200. We decided to keep the car and sell it ourselves, but have had no traffic what so ever. Only 1 call from a dealer who wanted the car for nothing.
The Taurus does seem to have virtually no resale vale, but we only gave $15,000 for the car, including sales tax, and we have drove it 110,000-miles.
I'd highly recommend a newer Taurus to anyone who wants a comfortable, reliable, affordable-good looking car, that is safe as well.
Ours was serviced like clock work and never failed. Having the car serviced is very cheap also.
Our 2001 Taurus has a far more comfortable interior as compared to our 05 Accord. The Accord does handle and drive much better though, but I am comparing a car with 4,000-miles to one with 110,000-miles.
The Taurus for sure has more interior and trunk room. I prefer the dash lights and controls on the Accord. The Taurus is very quiet at road speed as to where the Accord has more noise. The Accord's idle can't be heard, but the Taurus produces a lot of noise at idle and the Taurus transmits some roughness from the engine while stopped and in drive, as the Accord feels as it the car isn't even on when the car is stopped and still in Drive, but the Taurus's Engine mounts are older and rubber hardens, I can't remember if the Taurus felt kind of ruff when it was newer.
I'd sure buy another Taurus. We had to spend about $9000 more on an Accord to get the same trim level with leather, as what we could have had with a Taurus.
Leather, trip computer, lumbar, compass, keypad entry-keyless entry Taurus $17,000 with all the rebates and cash back and 0%.
Same stuff on an Accord minus all the stuff that you can't get on an accord like key pad entry, $26,000 with no rebates and 3.99% apr.
O-what we do for our Children.