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2010 Ford Taurus

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2010 Ford Taurus Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car 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 This Car 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 for 2010

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.

Driving the Taurus

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.

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.

2010 Ford Taurus Details
2010 Ford Taurus photo Interior

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
2010 Ford Taurus photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard 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.

Optional Equipment

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.

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

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2010 Ford Taurus Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 222 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Best company car I have driven. Fun for a big car.

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable yet fun."

Cons: "None to report"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have driven this car for 3 years. I enjoy the control of the paddle shifters and find it fun on winding roads, yet comfortable on long journeys. I have only carried out routine oil changes in 65,000 miles making this the most reliable car I have ever driven. It is still on the original tyres with good tread depth remaining. Averaged 24 mpg over 3 years of mixed highway and city driving, with the power of a big V6 when it is needed."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

OWNED FOR 1 YR, IT AS BEEN A GREAT CAR.

By on Saturday, February 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "PRICE, COMFORT, PREFORMANCE AND GAS MILEAGE"

Cons: "STOCK GRILL, SMALL DRIVERS SIDE FOOT WELL."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"2014 SEL, BLACK. OWNED FOR 1 YR, IT AS BEEN A GREAT CAR. BODY: UGLY STOCK GRILL ON THE SEL MODEL. I REPLACED STOCK GRILL WITH THE SHO GRILL AND ADDED SHO STYLE RIMS BY FOOSE. INTERIOR: COMFORTABLE WITH NO COMPLAINTS. ENGINE: STRONG AT 288HP AND AVG 25MPG AT HWY SPEEDS OF 80MPH. AVG 28-30MPG AT 70 MPH. CITY AVG 23 MPG. SUSPENSION: HAS BODY ROLL, ITS NO SPORTS SEDAN, BUT I HAVE A HEAVY RIGHT FOOT.. OVERALL ITS A GREAT DAILY DRIVER WITH GOOD LOOKS (SHO EFFECTS) AND COMFORT. RECOMMEND HIGHLY !"

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

I Love this car

By on Thursday, February 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value, fun to drive, comfortable for long tr"

Cons: "Nothing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car. I have never been more happy with a car in my life. I needed a car to drive a lot of miles for work (20-30K per year) and picked this one up at a local dealer. It rides great looks cool and has plenty of power to push you to the back of your seat. Spending 6 hours in the seat is just about as nice and 6 hours on the couch. Everyone that rides in it or takes it for a spin comment on how much they like it and how nice it is."

11 people out of 25 found this review helpful

This is an amazing automobile

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is spectacular. It is big but handles so well. It gets over 22 miles per gallon combined driving. It has all the gagets and then some. I mean, really, cooled seats! So impressed with the confort and style. People come up to me often and ask what kind of car it is. It doesn't look like a Taurus. I've owned Taurus before and they are indeed Ford tough. This one is a rich red with the 19 in wheels. I love to ride in it and drive it. I've given up driving my Mercedes SUV for this car. Get one."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Good value, nice bells and fun driver gadgets

By on Friday, February 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great look, good performance, smoothe ride"

Cons: "weight of car, sight lines, Sync system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"People compliment my car often. Love the Deep Impact Blue color; very unique color. I take much pride in my car. Handles well. Good performance. Better gas mileage than my 2003 Taurus that had a smaller 3.0 liter engine. One drawback that bothers me is the Sync system by Microsoft. There are still many bugs they need to work out and should of worked out before installing in 2013 vehicles. Look for other reviews about Sync system. Wish they would of offered a grey interior color rather than just black; I didn't want the tan/sand interior color. But I still love the leather seats. Wish I would of got the heated steering wheel option. Driver seat presets are cool; preprogram 2 choices. Lots of control of everything right at your fingertips. Love the voice control features."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

dependable vehicle, excellent value

By on Saturday, January 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price comfortable drive"

Cons: "drive seat does not align with steering wheel"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"purchase new. aside from oil changes, no other repairs. front tires shown little wear rear tires no wear at all."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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