Heated Cloth Seats, Reverse Parking Sensors, Dual-Zone Climate Control, AM/FM/CD player with MP3 playback, 60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat, Power Driver Seat, Power Locks, Windows, And Mirrors, Tilt And Telescoping Steering Wheel, Steering Wheel Audio, Cruise Controls, Ford’s programmable MyKey system, 3.5L V6 & 6-Speed Automatic with Paddle Shifters, 18” Alloy Wheels and only 143,460 kms
There’s a new Taurus in town—for the 2010 model year, Ford revamps the styling and packaging of its full-size sedan and creates a more attractive, more capable competitor in a class that includes top sellers like the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu.
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.
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.
Driving Impressions: The 2010 Ford Taurus drives with the supple feel expected of a full-size sedan while also delivering an 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. Accompanying the responsive handling is an energetic 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission that operates with a high level of sophistication.
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. The 2010 Ford Taurus is a full-size car with copious passenger room. Based on reviewer comments, it’s a great car for tall drivers and wide enough to seat three across in the rear.
The Taurus’ trunk is enormous, thanks to the high profile of the rear fenders and the tall decklid. ConsumerGuide says, “The trunk is wide and deep, with an opening large enough to accommodate fairly substantial cargo.”
Exterior: 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.
Once the best-selling car in America, the Ford Taurus spent the better part of a decade in automotive purgatory, but the storied nameplate finally got its luster back when the 2010 model was unveiled.
Thanks to its solid safety scores and competent performance, the highly-ranked 2010 Ford Taurus is a good choice among used large cars. Attractive inside and out. Roomy. Solid. Quiet. Exemplary fit and finish. A better car than the original in almost any category you care to cite.
***Winner 2010 Best Family Sedan for the Money