2010 Ford Taurus Expert Review

You'll Like The 2010 Ford Taurus If...

You might like the 2010 Ford Taurus if you want a roomy, comfortable sedan but also appreciate modern design, engaging handling and the latest technology.

You May Not Like The 2010 Ford Taurus If...

The Taurus delivers a good balance of comfort and responsive handling, but buyers who favor comfort above all might prefer something like the softly sprung Toyota Avalon.

What's New

From Ford's perspective the 2010 Ford Taurus is more than a full-size sedan; it's also a flagship for the brand as a whole. As Ford's standard bearer, the Taurus has become a technology and design showcase, showing off the capabilities of the Blue Oval.

Interior Features

When redesigning the Taurus, much of Ford's efforts went into improving the interior, as evidenced by the extensive use of soft touch materials, a modern dual-binnacle dash design and stylish sweeping center console. Head and leg room are plentiful in all seating positions – even the often uncomfortable rear middle seat – and with more than 20 cubic feet of space, the trunk is big enough to swallow several large bags, further enhanced by split folding rear seats.

Exterior Features

Standing in bold opposition to the models that preceded it, the 2010 Ford Taurus represents a visually ambitious take on the full-size sedan. A raised hood, slotted three-bar grille and highly-detailed wrap-around headlamps create a strong face for the Taurus. The striking design continues rearward with a raised belt line, a pronounced accent line that is stylishly bisected by the rear fender flare, and technical-looking tail lamps connected by chrome trim. The sportier Taurus SHO is subtly distinguished from lesser models by unique trim, dual exhaust outlets, inconspicuous SHO badges and a rear spoiler.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Ford Taurus drives with the supple feel expected of a full-size sedan while also delivering a reasonably engaging experience in the corners. The Taurus turns with an eagerness not always found in the full-size sedan world, giving it a welcome sense of agility. With the exception of a thick B-pillar over the drivers left shoulder, sightlines out of the vehicle are generally good, providing a clear view of the road. Accompanying the responsive handling is an energetic 3.5-liter V6 and standard six-speed automatic transmission that, besides an occasional abrupt shift, operates with a high level of sophistication. Those who enjoy driving fast will appreciate the extra horsepower and performance-tuned suspension of the Taurus SHO. On the road, especially in the curvier sections, the SHO's effortless performance make it a joy to drive and deceptively quick.

Pricing Notes

Prices for the 2010 Ford Taurus start at just under $26,000 for the SE trim, around $28,000 for the mid-level SEL, close to $32,000 for the Limited trim and just shy of $38,000 for the high-performance Taurus SHO. All-wheel drive adds about $1,850 to the price tag and, when fully loaded, the price for a Ford Taurus Limited tops out at a little less than $41,500. Prices for the Ford Taurus tend to be lower than those for the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300, but slightly higher than prices for the Chevrolet Impala. To get the best deal, be sure to take a look at the Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are currently paying for their Ford Taurus. We expect the 2010 Ford Taurus to hold its value better than previous versions, easily outpacing residual values for the Chevrolet Impala and Chrysler 300 while only slightly trailing values for the Toyota Avalon.

Notable Equipment

Included on the 2010 Ford Taurus' list of standard equipment are a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power driver's seat, steering wheel audio and cruise controls, power windows with one touch up and down function for the driver and Ford's programmable MyKey system. The standard audio system is a six-speaker CD player that includes an auxiliary audio input jack. Standard safety features includes anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, dual front airbags, front seat-mounted airbags and side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers.

Notable Options

Many of the high-tech features offered for the Ford Taurus are typically reserved for more expensive luxury cars. Among the more interesting options are seats with massage function, automatic high-beams, rain-sensing wipers and adaptive cruise control with collision warning. Other options include heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, keyless entry and start, power rear sunshade, power adjustable pedals and a 12-speaker premium Sony audio system. On the safety front, the optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) alerts the driver when other vehicles are in his blind spots, while Cross-Traffic Alert warns of approaching traffic when the vehicle is backing up.

Favorite Features

Miko Suede

In a nod to both fashion and the environment, the Taurus SHO features suede-like seat inserts made from recycled plastic beverage bottles. Novel origin aside, the seats feel nice, look good and offer excellent grip, helping to hold occupants in place during hard cornering.

Ford's MyKey

This system can be used to restrict vehicle speed, limit audio system volume and control other functions when a specific key is used to start the vehicle. In effect, MyKey lets parents better control the driving habits of their children, even when they aren't along for the ride.

Under the Hood

All 2010 Ford Taurus trims feature a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Taurus SHO offers 102 more horsepower than the standard Taurus V6 thanks to the use of direct injection technology and twin turbochargers. With the exception of the SE trim, all Taurus also feature steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, providing manual control of the transmission. Front wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available as an option on both SEL and Limited trims and standard on the Taurus SHO.

3.5-liter V6

263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm

249 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 FWD, 17/25 AWD

3.5-liter V6 Twin-Turbocharged

365 horsepower @ 5500 rpm

350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1500-5250 rpm

EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

Editors' Notes

The Ford Taurus has long been known as a family sedan, but the 2010 model forgoes that notion, instead targeting buyers who want a car for themselves that also happens to seat five in comfort. There are still the typical sedan trappings, including a roomy interior, a big trunk and comfortable ride, but the new Taurus has a sharper focus on progressive design, engaging driving dynamics and advanced technologies. Competing with vehicles like the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300, the Ford Taurus aims to infuse the often uninspiring full-size sedan category with a dose of passion.

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This Taurus gets 25-27 mpg which is really good for a midsize car.

2010 Ford Taurus

It performs well and is very reliable. It is comfortable. I especially appreciate how I can adjust the driver's seat upward & forward & yet tilt it down a bit in the front. It works really well for a short person such as I. By lifting the driver's seat up it also helps when It's sunny out to see better. The trunk is so roomy, you can fit a lot of stuff in there. I am thankful for 2 phone Charger hookups, one in the front & one in the back. About the only thing that concerns me is the front lower area of my car sits so low It's too easy to hit things & it could do damage. Otherwise I truly like my Taurus.

- Linda P

2010 Ford Taurus Size is perfect! Very large trunk.

2010 Ford Taurus SE

My Ford Taurus is a great car. It is easy to drive and very dependable. Air conditioner is very cold and has dual controls. The only real issue I have had were the brakes. They had to be replaced far sooner than they should have been. My car leather seats, but does not have heat/cool seats which I would like. The size of the Taurus is just right for me. It is not a compact, but also not too big. One of my favorite features is the size of the trunk, very large. There are plenty of outlets for charging devices and I love the sink controls on the steering wheel.

- Leslie W

A dependable and spacious car with great gas mileage.

2010 Ford Taurus Limited

Living in a state that had a long winter, I find my car handles very well in the snow and ice. I bought the car used, but in very good condition and after having it for 6 months now it has been a reliable mode of transportation to get me to and from work everyday. My commute is 45 minutes each way, but the car does very well on gas mileage. I like the space that the car has as well- it is very spacious inside. Overall I am pleased with the car and would consider buying another one similar in the future.

- Andrea Q

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