2010 Ford Taurus SEL FWD

In its role as mainstream sedan, the Taurus will never be the most exciting car in the Ford fleet, but this latest redesign has at least injected it with some sorely needed upgrades. The exterior design has been given a bolder, more modern look with a new grille and headlights, a higher beltline, and more pronounced fenders. The modernization continues inside, with a nice-looking center stack that houses audio and climate controls and, of course, Ford's Sync multimedia system.

The 263-hp V-6 is perfectly adequate for the purposes to which it will most likely be called on to perform, and the suspension, while not tuned for enthusiasts, does a good job of absorbing the bumps on rough road surfaces without making the driver feel completely isolated from the road.

All in all, a nice upgrade from the previous Taurus/500.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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