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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 271 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
    9.0/10

Excellent Family Car with Performance Benefits.

By on Friday, May 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,500

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: "Handling, Performance"

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

Kentucky Red Bull

"Great drivers car ... handles well in all weather conditions. Nice controlled ride. Performance is great for an automobile that weights 2 tons. Blistering acceleration! Nothing that I do not like about this car."

Kentucky Red Bull

Great performance vehicle at a reasonable price.

By on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Love driving this vehicle and it is a beast on the highway. Had some challenges with the exterior hardware such as the roof molding coming off in the car wash and side panels around the rear wheels not being aligned properly. It took the dealership several tries to get the key fob to work properly when first purchased. Sync voice control is a challenge since it doesn't pick up words very good. Lastly, battery needed to be replaced right after the 36 month/36,000 mile warranty expired."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Nice vehicle. Well maintained.

By on Thursday, May 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice ride with many extras."

Cons: "Syc syatem but no navigatio included."

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

"My company car which I bought at retirement. Well maintained with all regular service work performed. Clean inside and out. Good looking car. You will not be disappointed in this vehicle. We do not need two newer cars, so I am selling this to buy an older vehicle just to run around in."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great vehicle in town or out on the Interstate

By on Friday, April 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Little pricey but fun to drive great milage"

Cons: "Better fitting body panels"

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

"Ford Taurus is a great car. When purchased new it came with Good Year Eagle tires, not good. Tires rumbled, wore uneven, inside the car it sounded like the wheel bearings were shot. In 2015 I eather had to replace the car or by a new set of tires. After consulting with several sources I purchased a top of the line set of Michelin tires. A whole new world of wonderful handling and a very quiet ride was achieved. The car preforms beautifully plenty of power and a very smooth ride. I now love my Taurus. There is a small panel on the left rear by the door that does not fit properly and Ford says it normal. How can normal be a 1/8th gap between the small panel and the body. I have looked at others exactly like mine,the fit is flush. My wife is short but the adjustable pedals were a great selling point for us.Actually it was a decision point to purchase after considering other manufactures."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

VERY NICE FAMILY CAR

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

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
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "One of the most comfortable cars to drive"

Cons: "Tough to keep clean on country roads"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This is the first Ford I have owned that wasn't a muscle car. It has a very nice ride and very comfortable. The car is very luxurious looking. Now for the downfalls I've had with it. The rear brake calipers have froze and burned the pads off it three times. The rear brake hose collapsed causing the caliper to freeze one of those times. All of this was covered by warranty. Next I've had rust forming from the inside out on the trunk lid and had it to the dealership repeatedly with multiple pictures taken with no resolution from Ford. The gentleman who commented about all the dust getting in the door jambs is spot on. I've never seen a car that held so much dust. I keep my cars spotless but this car makes it a full time job."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Solid ride !

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent cruiser, great value - Nice Engines also"

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

"I work in sales and need to drive often. I have owned a 2010 SEL + 2013 SEL (V6). Both rides were turned in at 55,000 miles with ZERO defects. These are nice cars, smooth and reliable. I just moved into a 2016 SEL-2.0L Turbo, so far so good. I prefer the V6 but my company wants us to select cars with better MPG. The 2.0L offers decent power and performance. Overall, the Taurus is a great value, nice craftsmanship and a very smooth ride. Very nice looking car as well considering the style has been around for a few years now. The second row seating seems to be a little tighter than expected but the massive trunk more than makes up for it. Kids are comfortable in the 2nd row and really that's all that matters."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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