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2010 Ford Taurus Sedan

4dr Sdn Limited FWD

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  • $31,770 original MSRP
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2010 Ford Taurus Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2010 Ford Taurus Sedan

A clean, attractive redesign makes the Taurus's already good package much more appealing. With a very roomy interior and smooth ride combined with the striking new cabin appearance, the Taurus now offers a true luxury-car interior at a lower price. Ford has also decided to pile on the high-tech features, and the Taurus now offers many that aren't available on any other non-luxury-brand sedans. What's more, the Taurus SHO should make a great alternative to high-performance sedans from Germany, at a fraction of the price.

What's new for 2010?

Ford's big sedan is being given a full facelift for 2010, along with a completely revamped feature list and a new focus on technology features. A new high-performance version, called the Taurus SHO, returns for 2010 and promises a lot more driving excitement than the regular Taurus versions.

Model Strengths

  • Clean, stylish appearance inside and out
  • roomy, luxurious interior
  • great seats
  • range of high-tech options
  • safety
  • performance from new SHO model

Model Review

Most Taurus models remain powered by Ford's 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. SelectShift is a new option that brings steering-wheel paddle-shifters, for those who want more control around curves or on mountainous roads.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Crossing the Mississippi River on the massive M-shaped I-40 span at Memphis, we're rolling into Tennessee in a fancy sedan with a well-stocked passenger compartment that's big enough to transport five travelers in comfort and house a heap of luggage in the generous trunk.

These wheels de jour amount to a new flagship sedan for Ford in the package of a mid-size model but the cabin of a big car with high-riding seats and a load of high-tech and luxury gear.

It's the 2010 Taurus, a familiar moniker tracing back a couple of decades in various formats but applied now to a fresh design for the largest sedan in Ford's garage.

With its high arching silhouette and taut character lines cut into flanks between bulging wheel arches, the new body styling for Taurus '10 seems more sculptural and powerful -- note the powerdome hood and a flashy three-bar grille ahead of the articulated front fenders.

Also, check the chrome vents on those fenders.

Roots of this car trace to Ford's 2005 Five Hundred, a sedan fostering airs of a precise European touring car due to the rigid platform borrowed from Volvo, Sweden's automaker under the corporate umbrella of Ford.

Then for 2008 Ford applied the Taurus badge to a new and improved version of Five Hundred with more than 500 changes to enhance the vehicle.

Now for 2010 the car gets still another make-over with crisp new exterior styling, a larger structural package with expanded cabin room, and more electronic controls aboard for safety and convenience.

The platform has the same 112.9-inch wheelbase but the wheel track -- measurement of the width between wheels -- expands by a full inch.

Structural changes include an inch added to the overall length and 1.7 inches more breadth, yet the roofline has been whittles by almost an inch for a sleeker silhouette.

Still, it's a tall package.

Doors run deep to make cabin entry and exit easy and seats are elevated so passengers sit a few inches higher than in other sedans of comparable size. Ford labels the design as 'Command Seating' and compares the upright seat position to that of a crossover utility vehicle.

And while the beltline is high, so too is the wrap of windows around the cabin so a driver has good sight lines with virtually no blind spots -- note triangular glass in rear roof pillars to diminish corner vision blockage.

The suspension system for Taurus is completely independent. In front there are MacPherson struts with rear-facing L-shaped lower control arms and isolation via a sub-frame. In the rear a multi-link design has stamped steel lower control arms and cast upper control arms with vertically mounted shocks positioned at the outboard end of the suspension arms.

New suspension tuning -- dubbed SR1 for the 1-to-1 rear shock absorber ratio -- sets a balance between cornering and handling with a stable and smooth baseline.

Stock wheels are painted aluminum at 17 inches but there are options for 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum rollers on top trims.

Taurus '10 scores in the power department with a twin-cam 3.5-liter aluminum V6 engine with four valves per cylinder and intake variable camshaft timing.

The V6 produces 263 hp at 6250 rpm and torque of 249 lb-ft at 4500 rpm.

Yet it runs efficiently on 87 octane unleaded fuel with EPA estimates of 18 mpg City and 28 mpg Highway.

The V6 engine in Taurus links to a six-speed electronic automatic transaxle with standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) or optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction.

Entry issue Taurus SE in FWD employs a six-speed automatic with Grade-Assist hill-holding feature and a 2.77 final drive ratio.

Taurus SEL and Limited get a six-speed electronic automatic SelectShift transaxle with shift paddles perched on the steering wheel and racy match-rev downshifts.

For Taurus SEL the final drive ratio amounts to 2.77-to-1, but on Taurus Limited there's a 3.16-to-1 gear for the FWD version and a 3.39-to-1 ratio for the AWD model -- all for an extra kick in the throttle.

The optional AWD device for Taurus is a sophisticated electronically controlled system developed by Haldex of Sweden. It's always engaged and automatically splits the engine's torque between front and rear wheels -- up to 100 percent in either direction -- to keep tires rolling on pavement wet or dry.

Purpose of AWD hardware is to maintain forward momentum and keep the vehicle heading safely down the road.

The spec sheet for Taurus lists lots of active and passive safety equipment.

Passive devices include smart dual-stage frontal air bags for front riders, plus seat-mounted side air bags up front and curtain-style side air bags front and rear.

Active safety systems range from four-wheel disc brakes tied to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) and traction control system (TCS) or Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic anti-skid mechanism.

Essentially, the passenger compartment on Taurus was designed around body sizes of intended occupants, with more than adequate room for long legs and broad shoulders.

The cabin layout pitches a pair of bucket seats up front divided by a multi-function console and followed by a rear bench for three with seatback split in sections.

The instrument panel houses round analog gauges ringed by thin beads of chrome.

Cool ideas make it nice inside:

* Intelligent Access with Push Button Start -- a driver totes a keyless fob, taps a touch pad on the door pillar to enter, then cranks the engine from a push-button starter.

* Adaptive Cruise Control -- a radar-based system capable of maintaining a precise distance between the Taurus front bumper and the back bumper of a vehicle ahead.

* BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert via icons in side mirrors.

* Ford Sync -- voice-activated control over in-car phones, media players and USB storage devices.

Ford surprises with price points on the 2010 Taurus at the level of 2009 models, beginning at $25,180 for base Taurus SE FWD.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/60,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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