The Taurus’ standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Malibu’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Taurus Limited/SHO’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Malibu LT/Premier’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Taurus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Malibu doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Malibu’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Taurus has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Malibu has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the LS/LT/Premier.
The Taurus offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Malibu offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Taurus and the Malibu offer available heated front seats. The Taurus Limited/SHO also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Malibu.
Both the Taurus and the Malibu offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Taurus has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Malibu L/LS doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.