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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 237 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

Very good reliable vehicle

By on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I've driven this vehicle problem free for 110,000 miles and am confident it has nearly the same amount of use in it left."

Awesome Vehicle

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,400

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun To Drive, Driver Assist Package, Sound System"

Cons: "Leather wearing fairly fast, 25 MPG could be bette"

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

"I have owned this vehicle for about a month a bought it new from the dealer. Design on the taurus has came a LONG way sleek and sexy design great interior and exterior the new design is just a pure 10!!! I love the car the the ride is smooth and very powerful V6 with about 288 HP not to shabby. Has ambient lighting that you can control and the whole car is so hightech and use friendly. I have the driver assist package I love it awesome feature. Actually saved me from an accident in a bad storm when a car infront of me lost control I wasnt paying attention playing witht the radio the car sensed it and slowed me down automatically pretty insane technology. Also the sony sound system sounds awesome. Best MPG i've gotten is 25 MPG if I could do over 30 I'd be stoked."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

LIMITED VISIBILITY

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "large trunk, sync option works great"

Cons: "poor visibility"

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

"This car has some fairly nice features and is quite large. The trunk is huge! But the visibility is poor which makes it stressful to drive. Has a nice ride and gas mileage is average. Sync works great."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car. Fun to drive for it's size.

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

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: "Looks good, great value, good mpg, roomy, quiet"

Cons: "Yours won't be the only one in any parking lot"

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

"This is the first sedan I've owned (always been a SUV or pick-up guy). We've had this car for about 4 years now. We had a Navigator before and got tired of 10-12 mpg around town. Every time we took the big Lincoln in for service/repairs (which was all too often), the dealership would give us a Taurus as a loaner. My wife and I both preferred driving the Taurus to the Navigator, so we traded for a 2011 SEL. The car has never had any mechanical issues. Only in the shop for scheduled maintenance and one recall of interior door handles. The almost 300hp V6 moves this big sedan surprisingly well. It handles like a much smaller car. We get 20mpg driving around town, and average around 28mpg on road trips. The trunk is HUGE. The interior is spacious and comfortable. The backseat is big enough for my two teenage sons and our 65 pound dog. I don't see how you can beat it for the price."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great value for a near luxury car

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great value - smooth, relatively fast"

Cons: "Seats should have a power back and lumbar"

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

"I currently own a GL450 and a King Ranch F150. Recently I have owned an Acura Legend, TL & RL and 3 Lincoln Navigators, and Corvette. All great rides! The Ford Taurus SEL FWD compares very favorably with some of my rides. My Taurus has leather, moon roof, red metallic paint, navigation, rear view camera and back up sensors. This is a practical car but also one that drives well for a big sedan. It is a big value when you consider the features and ride quality. This is no GL450 but it doesn't cost $70K plus either. The Taurus shifts effortlessly, the interior materials are mostly soft and attractive and the trunk is incredibly large. The paint upgrade is worth the nearly $400 up charge. Puts my Vette's paint job to shame - great luster and depth. The back seat is a bit tight but the front row seating is roomy and the center console gives you an 'in a cockpit' feel. While the music system is OK and no where near a GL450's - the Ford Sync is very easy to operate and the voice activation aspects incredible."

10 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Large Car - Great Performance

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Power train"

Cons: "Roof weather strips"

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

"Large car, great performance. Bought it brand new and got a great deal. Best bang for my buck. I agree with the other reviewers that the vehicle does have side and rear blind spot issues because the car seems super safe like a tank. However, the dual mirrors correct the issue. Living in Miami, you just cant trust other motorists . It rides really nice in the city and the highway. No mechanical issues to report at 15K miles, however the roofline strips came unglued in the rear portion. Decent gas mileage for its size."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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