A loaded 2005 Taurus costs just over $28,000. A loaded 2005 Sable costs just over $27,000 with more options than the loaded Taurus. I thought Mercury was the luxury edition of Ford. Why does it cost $1000 less?
The 'tec is an option on the 05 taurus cuz there is only one plant making the engines and there are now about a dozen vehicles that take them, as opposed to about 3 when the engine was released. lets see:
Freestyle/Mariner/Aviator (the 06 will no longer be an explorer clone)
Need I continue? Once the new 3.5 comes out in a few years (new estimate=06 for Aviator, 07 or 08 for everything else) then the supply will free up a little, but Taurus is gone after 05, expect LS to follow.