I've had the new Taurus now since Dec 21, and have driven something around 1000 miles. I got the SEL with SYNC and 'leather trimmed' seats. Tuxedo black/charcoal leather.
This is a 'love it' or 'hate it' car. The center console pretty well keeps you in place, and if you like to stretch out, you probably won't like it. I like the feeling of defined space... that adds to the 'driving experience' for me, and I enjoy driving... so I'm loving it. The seats are just the right 'soft'... firm, but comfortable. Until this week I would've pooh-poohed the need for heated seats, but they've been very nice! We've never had a vehicle before with automatic climate control, and that works way better than I thought it would. I used to have to switch to 'defrost' every several minutes to keep the Fusion from fogging up... the Taurus keeps track of that for me (and does an excellent job of it). I'm 6'1" and fat , and find it uncomfortable getting into the back seat. I hit my head and shoulder. Once in, the seats are nice, and with the front seat pretty far back I could still be comfortable. The trunk is huge. The seats don't fold down all the way flat, but they do get probably 80%. Very much a 'big car' ride, but not 'soft' like the Buick Lacrosse I drove. It handles very nicely... much like the Fusion (which rode much 'bigger' than it was). I don't make a habit of 'putting my foot in it', but the couple times I've done so, it was very nice. Smooth through the gears, and quick. I had occasion to drive in fierce wind the other morning when this stupid cold front came in, and was amazed to not hear ANY wind noise at 65MPH. This is the quietest car I've ever had in that regard. I haven't had a chance to do a real test of the highway MPG, but combined MPG is something over 24, and I like this car 'more enough' than I did the Fusion to get over losing 3 or 4 MPG. So if you're shopping for something comfy, safe, and kinda sporty, this one is worth a look.