Difference Between Ford Taurus SE and Taurus SES

Ford Taurus SE vs Taurus SES

The Ford Taurus is a sedan that has been in production for nearly three decades. It has gone through a number of revisions and models. Two such models are the Taurus SE and the Taurus SES. The main difference between the Taurus SE and the SES is their position on the trim scale. The Taurus SE was considered a mid-level offering with the Taurus SES right above it as the next trim level.

I used the word “was” because this is no longer the case. Both the SE and SES were introduced in 2000, in the fourth generation of the vehicle, to add more options to the Taurus lineup. This persisted until 2005 when Ford decided to drop the SES line along with another. The SE continued for 3 more years, but was also removed in 2008.

While the two existed, there were a variety of minor differences between the Taurus SE and SES. While the actual differences may vary from year to year, it’s the SES that has the best features to match the higher price. Some of the premium options on the SE were also standard on the SES, and some of the options on the SES were not available on the SE.

But, the most notable option that you can only get on the SES is the Duratec 30 V6 engine. Although it has the same displacement as the Vulcan V6 you’d get in the SE, it makes 45 more horsepower for a total of 200. It also makes a lot more torque for increased acceleration.

If you buy the Taures SES as stock, then the differences between it and the Taurus SE are minimal; Just a few minor tweaks and features. The real reason to get the Taurus SES is that you can upgrade to the Duratec 30 engine. This gives you the sporty performance without paying the hefty price tag that other models command.


  1. The Taurus SES is one trim level higher than the Taurus SE
  2. The Taurus SES has been discontinued since 2004 while the Taurus SE is still in production.
  3. The Taurus SES may have a more powerful engine than the Taurus SE.

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