The front-wheel or all-wheel drive Taurus is powered by a 288-hp 3.5-liter direct injection V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift manual gear control. A 240-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder engine is optional on front-wheel drive models as well. The high performance SHO is powered by a twin-turbo version of the 3.5-liter V6, it produces 365-hp and channels that through standard all-wheel drive and a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, six airbags, rearview camera, ignition disable and post-crash SOS alert. There are many kinds of technology features available such as Cross Traffic Alert, Collision Warning, active park assistance, MyKey parental features, SYNC, capless refueling, touch-pad keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, rain-sensing wipers and intelligent keyless entry.
For 2017, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on Limited and SHO trims. Heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, auto-high beams, rain sensing wipers, BLIS blind spot warning and Sony Clear Phase premium sound are all now standard on the Limited and SHO trims as well.