2000 Taurus New Car Test Drive
Generation four of Ford's Taurus goes out of its way to undo the loopie stylistic oddities of generation three. The basic form of the all-new 2000 Taurus is sleek and fresh. The foregoing model's fixation with ovals, ovals, ovals is replaced by an attractive contemporary appearance that confidently leads the way to Ford's future.
But the 2000 Taurus is more than just a styling exercise. Upgraded powertrains provide vigorous response. Its handling, while suitably smooth and comfortable, delivers a sporting crispness that will satisfy even the aspiring Formula 1 driver in the family. The new Taurus cabin is functional and attractive, with controls that are straightforward and easy to use. The materials, switchgear and interior textures have a high-quality look and feel. Should you opt for leather seating, the Taurus has clearly profited from Ford's relationship with the luxury sedans of Jaguar Cars.
The 2000 Taurus comes in two trim levels: the base LX Sedan ($17,695) and the high-end SE Sedan and Wagon.
The most fully equipped, luxurious and attractive versions of the SE are the $19,620 SVG (Special Value Group) and top-of-the-line $20,895 Comfort editions.
Key elements distinguishing the SE Sedan from the base LX are the SE's body-color exterior mirrors, alloy wheels, AM/FM/cassette stereo (the LX lacks cassette), available six-passenger seating and remote keyless entry. The upscale SVG includes anti-lock braking (ABS), power driver's seat, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat and dual lighted vanity mirrors. The SE Comfort adds to this machined five-spoke alloy wheels, leather seating and electronic automatic climate control. The SE Wagon adds four-wheel disc brakes.