2010 Ford Taurus

SE FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

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Once a family favorite, the American full-size four-door sedan napped while the storm of imports, crossovers, and SUVs blew in. To revive its Taurus for life in the twenty-first century, Ford has endowed the 2010 edition with fresh thinking, modern engineering, and a wealth of contemporary content. Welcome aboard the recommissioned flagship of the Ford fleet.
Before we set sail, a quick recap of Taurus history might be helpful. With its debut in 1986, this nameplate brought aero design to the masses. The Taurus topped the car sales charts for five years starting in 1992, but the egg-shaped design that arrived for 1996 was less palatable. By the end of its second decade, Ford's bull had lost its snort and was consigned to rental fleets. Following a brief hiatus, the nameplate resurfaced on face-lifted Five Hundred sedans and Freestyle crossovers for the 2008 model year. Finally getting its act together, Ford has buried the Taurus X (née Freestyle) and most of the baggage from the misbegotten Five Hundred era to launch the 2010 Taurus, which hits the streets late this summer, followed by a twin-turbo Taurus SHO.
Lowering the roof, raising the beltline, and loading the wheel wells with a selection of seventeen-, eighteen-, and nineteen-inch wheels has swept most of the fuddy-duddy from the exterior. Inside, the dash and center console are integrated in a grand sweep that designers love to flaunt on show cars and engineers habitually veto before production. But the real proof that Ford is onto something is that the new Taurus drives nothing like a living room on wheels.
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The damping is firm and fully packed. The tires don't howl in bends, and the body maintains an even keel during quick maneuvers. Actual road information is transmitted to your hands via the steering wheel, and the power assist is calibrated to share the work of guiding the car down the road. There's a teenager's enthusiasm in this Taurus's step.
Instead of focusing on old folks' smooth-ride preferences, Ford engineers shifted their thoughts in the BMW direction. Although the basic underpinnings are a throwback to the Volvo S80, improvements developed for the Lincoln MKS and a new rear suspension help avoid compromising either ride or handling. Rubber isolating the rear subframe takes the sting out of potholes without sacrificing composure, as does locating the rear dampers closer to the wheels.
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All three trim levels (SE, SEL, Limited) share the same basic 3.5-liter V-6, six-speed automatic, and front-wheel-drive system. The top two editions have a paddleshifted automatic capable of holding gears to the 6700-rpm fuel cutoff as standard equipment and on-demand all-wheel drive as an $1850 option. The goodie list includes radar cruise control, a blind-spot warning system, Sync, voice-controlled navigation, and massaging front seats. Protective parents can program an optional MyKey to sound chimes when 45 mph is exceeded, to restrict radio volume and top speed, and to alert text-messaging teens with early low-fuel warnings.
Our hats are off to Ford for reinventing an American classic without a penny of taxpayer assistance.
The Specs:
ON SALE: August
PRICE: $25,995/$31,995 (SE/Limited)
ENGINE: 3.5-liter V-6, 263 hp, 249 lb-ft
DRIVE: Front- or 4-wheel
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Rooted in legend, steeped in technology, and dressed to thrill, the Ford Taurus SHO is finally here to save the day for Ford if not the entire beleaguered domestic auto industry. Weighing heavily on the shoulders of this twenty-first century Hercules is the task of convincing reluctant buyers to open their hearts and pocketbooks for an American sedan with sporting intentions.
Ford has fingers and toes crossed hoping that lightning might strike thrice. Two decades ago, a Taurus fortified with a 220-hp Yamaha V-6 and decorated with a SHO (Super High Output) badge shared a locker room with the Audi 80, BMW 3-series, and Nissan Maxima. The second edition, which arrived with V-8 power in 1996, was less illustrious but good enough to sustain the Taurus SHO's avid fan club.
To create a revival worthy of this legendary nameplate, Ford equipped its new-for-2010 Taurus with a 365-hp, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, a paddleshifted six-speed automatic, all-wheel drive, and extensive chassis, trim, and appearance upgrades. With a base price of $37,995 and window stickers that venture well into the $40,000 range, this is the Ford with BMW price, performance, and prestige aspirations.
Those not discouraged by the SHO's XXL build and over-two-ton mass will find a thoroughly modern sedan with a broad range of capabilities. There's ample elbow room for four, plus a fifth in a pinch, and more than enough cupholders to go around. The cabin is nicely appointed with leather, suede, and deco-metal trim. The trunk is huge, and the rear seats split and fold. The all-wheel-drive system is so sure-footed that we measured practically the same acceleration on wet and dry surfaces. The integrated dash and console is the Starship Enterprise's command center downloaded for road use.
In lieu of the honking V-8s that power such SHO rivals as the Dodge Charger R/T and the Pontiac G8 GT, the energy converter working here is a transversely mounted Duratec DOHC V-6 pumped up with what Ford calls EcoBoost. While that name is new, the technology behind the badge (slated for use throughout the Ford fleet) is nothing more than direct fuel injection combined with turbocharging.
Force-feeding combustion chambers with fuel at 2150 psi and air at 10 psi is an excellent way to squeeze the maximum power out of every drop of gas. Higher compression and expansion ratios are possible without risking detonation because of the internal cooling effect of the fuel's change of state from liquid to vapor. Side benefits are lower emissions and higher cruising fuel mileage with a medium-size V-6 doing the job of a larger V-8.
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We clocked the new SHO's run to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and the quarter mile at 14.2 seconds with a trap speed of 101 mph. Those results are very similar to those of the aforementioned rivals, as well as BMW's 550i. That said, the wheeze of this pressurized V-6 holds no candle to the guttural snarl of a hairy V-8.
Moving the SHO's T-handled shifter to its M (manual) position places two steering-wheel-mounted paddles in charge of gear changes. A yank back on either paddle cues the next higher ratio while thumbing a paddle forward orders a downshift. Unfortunately, the actual gear changes are far too polite for a sport sedan of the SHO's caliber.
The $995 Performance Package adds twenty-inch wheels and tires, sport-tuned steering, a numerically higher final-drive ratio, performance brake pads, and two extra modes for the electronic stability system. The suspension fortifications standard on all SHOs do an excellent job of limiting body roll, but there's too much dive during hard braking and hints of torque steer while accelerating aggressively out of tight bends.
Steering effort builds linearly off center and cornering limits are in the competitive mix, although the fashionable twenty-inch tires are harsh over expansion joints and textured pavement. Skip them if a plush ride is your preference. While the performance package's stouter brake pads are a good start, what any car this heavy and speedy needs to stop smartly are massive brake rotors gripped by opposed-piston calipers. They're missing.
Other lumps baked into the SHO's batter are what keep this Ford from posing any threat to BMW. The 7000-rpm tach has no redline, and a governor stops the speedometer needle at a Hyundai-esque 131 mph. The bucket seats' lower cushions provide minimal support, and their hard-plastic sides grate your behind during entry and exit. Your foot howls oatmeal every time it presses the brake pedal.
Note to Ford engineers: Get back to work on the SHO. With the right care and feeding, this car has the potential to fulfill its critical mission.
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2010 Ford Taurus SHO
Engine: V-6 twin turbo
Displacement: 3.5 liters
Power: 365 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 35 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1
Tire Size: 245/45YR-20
Weight: 4337 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: 60.3/39.7%
Test Results
0-60 MPH: 5.7 sec
0-100 MPH: 14.1 sec
0-110 MPH: 17.2 sec
0-120 MPH: 22.0 sec
1/4-mile: 14.2 sec @ 101 mph
30-70 passing: 3.0 sec
Speed in gears (in MPH):
 1) 36
 2) 56
 3) 88
 4) 114
 5) 131
 6) 100
Cornering L/R: 0.91 / 0.88 g
70-0 braking: 175 ft
Peak braking: 0.63 g
2010 Ford Taurus
2010 Ford Taurus
The Ford Taurus has been a top selling model for Ford for many years. It was the bestselling car in America for some time. The most recent updates to this classic 4 door sedan bring a more modern transmission and an all new EcoBoost twin turbo V-6 engine option to the Taurus. The big style changes made in 2005 are still around and now there is a completely new frontend that makes this car look much more recent. On the inside there is still all the great design that consumers have come to love and there are some new options packages available that make the new year's Taurus as well equipped as ever.

The Ford Taurus still is a very popular passenger vehicle an offers a very smooth ride in town or on the highway. With a big 20.1 cubic foot trunk, there is plenty of room to pack for those long trips too. The Taurus base models price tag is around $25,000 and well equipped will run you around $30,000.
The new Ford Taurus took a decisively bold step away from the Blue Oval's sedan formula of old but it's paying off with improving resale values.
Though he's a DJ by trade, we think Funkmaster Flex may just have an eye for automotive design. We weren’t bowled over by the garish Ford Expedition that bore his name, but his customized Taurus SHO -- which we found lurking at the back of Ford’s New York show display stand -- left us impressed.
In response to General Motors’ latest round of incentives, Ford today launched its own incentives program -- although it isn’t limited only to Toyota drivers.
With the launch of the 2010 Ford Taurus, executives improperly forecast the models that consumers would find most appealing. Of the four trims available for the 2010 Taurus, the SEL and SHO have proven to be the most highly requested models.
Fashionably late to the party, Ford is the last of the Detroit three to offer remote start as a factory-installed option. It does have a bit more to offer, though. A heated steering wheel can be part of the package on Lincoln models.

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2010 Ford Taurus Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
263 hp @ 6250rpm
249 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Taurus vehicles manufactured November 24, 2008, through February 28, 2014, originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. When used in areas that use road salt, the license plate lamp assembly may experience an electro-chemical reaction and corrosion as a result of water intrusion.
This corrosion may result in a short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the license plate lamp assemblies, free of charge. The recall began on July 26, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S08. Note: Under program 14R01, Ford will notify owners in non-corrosion states, and, at the customer's request, dealers will replace the license plate lamp assembly.
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Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Ford Taurus vehicles manufactured December 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, and 2011-2013 Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured June 1, 2011, to October 31, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.
If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall began March 23, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S02.
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