2010 Initial Quality Study Results
2010 Ford Taurus
The Ford Taurus is a full-size, family-oriented, 5-passenger sedan. One of the longest-running nameplates sold under the Ford brand, the Taurus is offered with a choice of 6-cylinder engines mated to an automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The SHO model is designed for performance.
The Ford Taurus debuted in 1986 as a replacement for the Ford LTD. The Taurus promised modern styling and amenities in an efficient front-wheel-drive package. The debut of the performance-oriented Taurus SHO, utilizing a Yamaha-sourced V-6 engine and a manual transmission, was in 1989. The first-generation Taurus, offered in both sedan and station wagon body styles, was in production until 1991.
Today's Ford Taurus is in its sixth generation, completely redesigned for the 2010 model year. Unlike Taurus models from the past, the new model is offered with options such as all-wheel drive, cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder powerplant.
Dimensions and Interior Room
|Passenger Volume||102.2 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||20.1 cubic feet|
Features and Options
The 2010 Ford Taurus is offered in four different models: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. The standard Taurus SE is offered with cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, keypad locking, manual tilt/telescope steering wheel, multiple 12-volt power outlets, and more. The SEL model delivers many more features, including automatic dual-zone climate control, Sirius satellite radio, perimeter anti-theft alarm, and more. The Limited model adds leather upholstery, Sync in-car connectivity, reverse-sensing system, rear-view camera and more. The Taurus SHO is a high-performance variant. In addition to a twin-turbocharged powerplant, the SHO features standard all-wheel drive, leather-trimmed seats with Miko suede inserts, intelligent access with push-button start, and more.
Popular option packages add Sync in-car connectivity, climate-controlled front seats, blind-spot information system, power moonroof, heated second-row seats, rear power sunshade, an upgraded Sony audio system, and more.
The 2010 Ford Taurus is offered with a standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 263 horsepower and 249 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is sent through a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission to the front-wheel-drive or optional all-wheel-drive powertrain. The Taurus SHO features a twin-turbocharged variant of the 3.5-liter 6-cylinder rated at 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Its power is also sent through a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, but an all-wheel-drive powertrain is standard. The EPA fuel economy for the 2010 Ford Taurus ranges between 17 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Safety and Crash Testing
|Front Driver||5 stars|
|Front Passenger||5 stars|
|Side Driver||5 stars|
|Side Rear Passenger||5 stars|
|Rollover 2WD||4 stars|
|Rollover 4WD||4 stars|
|IIHS||** TOP SAFETY PICK **|
|2010 IQS||Highest ranked in segment|
|2010 VDS|| |
|2009 APEAL|| |
To learn more visit:
2010 Ford Taurus Model Page
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