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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.
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.

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
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 176 Ratings for the 2010 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Luxurious sporty family car at an affordable price

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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

Pros: "Sharp look, excellent handling, wide tires"

Cons: "Good for its size but wish for better mpg"

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

"I love the feel and handling characteristics of the 2010 Ford Taurus. Quiet and powerful. It feels (and sounds) the same at 55 as it does at 80 (or more). The interior leather with heated and cooled seats are a perk worth having, and so is the sunroof. The cockpit design is roomy and comfortable with good lumbar support where it's needed. The trunk is HUGE which is important for me since I move every couple years for the military! It got my family of four and all our luggage and gifts including a Power Wheels jeep home from Christmas vacation. I get about 23 mpg in the city and 27 on the hwy. I still get compliments on how sharp this car looks, and I've had it for about 4 years now. My favorite comment was a guy who said "That car isn't your daddy's Taurus." The sharp new look combined with all the safety features makes this my favorite car owned yet. I would definitely buy another."

Luxurious sporty family car at an affordable price

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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

Pros: "Sharp look, excellent handling, wide tires"

Cons: "Good for its size but wish for better mpg"

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

"I love the feel and handling characteristics of the 2010 Ford Taurus. Quiet and powerful. It feels (and sounds) the same at 55 as it does at 80 (or more). The interior leather with heated and cooled seats are a perk worth having, and so is the sunroof. The cockpit design is roomy and comfortable with good lumbar support where it's needed. The trunk is HUGE which is important for me since I move every couple years for the military! It got my family of four and all our luggage and gifts including a Power Wheels jeep home from Christmas vacation. I get about 23 mpg in the city and 27 on the hwy. I still get compliments on how sharp this car looks, and I've had it for about 4 years now. My favorite comment was a guy who said "That car isn't your daddy's Taurus." The sharp new look combined with all the safety features makes this my favorite car owned yet. I would definitely buy another."

Great value with versatility and performance

By on Thursday, April 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, highly reliable, comfortable"

Cons: "None to report"

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

"Own an SEL with 19" wheels and fwd. At 60k mi I'm into my second set of Goodyear eagle tires. ($1k !). Car has great ride and handling, good power too. Find transmission to be very well matched to engine for confident performance characteristics. Automatic downshifts when foot is off gas really saves on brakes too. Was worried about fat tires in snow, but even after this last winter, never any problems with getting stuck or in handling. Very reliable, only one wheel bearing needed replaced in warranty, nothing but wiper blades, oil changes and a set of tires since. Just lost a sports car to the snow (storage bldg collapse) so am Looking into a used SHO (2012-2013) at the moment. Would love to have one car that can be used all year round yet have that performance car fun! As for styling I love it, I think most either love it or hate it. Or just don't have an opinion in such matters. I'd Highly recommended this car to anyone that needs ample trunk room in an affordable and reliable full size sedan. Mileage averages 19-20 mpg city and 26-27 highway (at 75-79 mph)."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

It's Not Your Wife's Import

By on Sunday, March 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,896

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

Pros: "controls, sporty, fast, Sync system"

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

"When car shopping summer 2013 looked at few vehicles until was on the same street with the Ford dealership, I saw this 2014 Taurus SEL it's a beautiful nice looking car. What love about this vehicle are features from everything being excellent with Sync system, navigation screen while having fingertip electronics. Cooled and heated seats are ventilated memory best on car as is comfortable. It's quiet, the engine is bigger gives plenty of performance I enjoy a pleasant ride have out of it anytime driving at 40 mph or more. LED lights looks luxurious and interior quality is very appealing has nice looks and great features standard on SEL model. The rear backup camera is convenient on leaving out of tight spots include blind spot warning and xenon headlights is all excellent on Taurus. No need for me to drive around in a import because American vehicles has grown even more better got standard equipment, better ride and great engine performance ever. Ford Quality definitely has be well above averaged on all their new vehicles with styling and resale values on most."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Amazing Grocery Getter!

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Power - sleeper car! Looks great inside and"

Cons: "Seats cushions too short"

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

"For the money (mid 40's) I could not find a better vehicle. I would have to spend 15-20k more in a German made car with the same horsepower and technology that the SHO has. Great value for the price. We have had the car three years and no issues other than updating the my ford touch - works perfect now."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Outstanding vehicle, zero problems

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, economical, reliable"

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

"This was my wife's business lease vehicle and we both drove it daily. We were pleasantly caught off guard with Ford's redesign of the Taurus and its outstanding reliability. We literally had "no" problems with this vehicle and put many miles on it. The AWD is remarkable and has made us both AWD converts. The Sync system is another delight for both phone and music. We liked this vehicle so much, we now have a 2014 Taurus SEL AWD."

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