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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 260 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

4 years old and still like the day I bought it new

By on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfort, quiet ride."

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

"I have 135000 miles on this car in 4 years and it is still rides like new. Quiet spacious interior and extra large trunk. I drive long distances and the seat is supportive and comfortable. All options, sync, Bluetooth, heated seats are still operating as new. Never had to service except for tires, brakes and oil changes. Averages 25-26 MPG overall. Looking to get another one soon."

13 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Best Car Ever

By on Monday, November 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

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: "Best driving car I have ever owned!"

Cons: "No problems."

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

"This SHO is the best car I have ever owned. I purchased it in May 2011 but it was a new 2010 model. It has excellent performance, is comfortable and the electronics are fantastic. It is a pleasure to drive, the service has been superior and I have had virtually no problems. It is truly a marvelous machine."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Fantastic Automobile!

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I don't own this car

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: "pleaser to drive, great creature comforts, powerfu"

Cons: "gets very dusty around bottom of doorjams"

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

"I own a 2013 limited and man,after owning A Nisson,Toyota, and a Ram1500, im thrilled to be back in a fabulous car.its got tire chripping torque,roomie,all the comforts of a Lincoln or Cadie. I will never part with this car!!!"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

A solid feel and a well built car.

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solid feel, well built, great driving car"

Cons: "Tire noise, strange down shift"

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

"Fun car to drive on the highway with great MPH for a large car. The 3.5 liter motor has the power to get the job done. Love the fighter jet feel on the inside but, could feel a little close inside if your not into the cockpit feel. The exterior is more progressive then the conservative style of Fords past body designs. The only negatives about the Taurus is the road noise from the low profile tires, new tires might help this problem. A strange down shift when coasting on a down hill, don't see it as a problem just feels strange."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Beautiful Automobile!

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,550

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: "Beautiful car. Good gas mileage. Plenty of power."

Cons: "Thick side pillars."

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

"2011 Taurus SEL. Most beautiful car on the road. Ford designers really did a good job. Love the body style. Great gas mileage for a car this size. Can't say enough about it here."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Many mechancal design flaws. Not a high milage car

By on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "None in mind."

Cons: "Maintenance, poor brake system."

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

"Braking system is a joke. Calipers , brackets, rotors and bearings of poor design and worse quality. Have had several issues and made my own modifications and it needs constant monitoring. Lucky I'm an engineer and a mechanic myself. Transmission has always shifted hard and is constantly shifting while coasting downhill. Not engineered well. Overall this thing is nothing like the original Five Hundreds. The five hundred was a fantastic car with an excellent ride and mileage and a vey low maintenance car. This thing is the exact opppsite."

9 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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