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2010 Ford Taurus SE Review


A Delightful Reboot

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Ford Taurus

In short: A muscular five-passenger sedan loaded with accessories.

ompletely revamped for the 2010 model year, Ford’s Taurus breaks away from the non-descript contours of its previous incarnation, now showcasing a newly refined and athletic body. This reliable full-sized sedan is designed to be less of a utilitarian people-mover—although it does seat five passengers—and more of an upscale driver-focused automobile. A 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission powers the Taurus, which competes with the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Genesis. The front-wheel-drive vehicle comes as either an SE, SEL, Limited or SHO trim, with the base-level SE featuring cloth seats, a six-way power driver’s seat, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, and a single-disc CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and an auxiliary audio input jack. An Easy Fuel capless fuel filler and twin chrome exhaust tips are also standard. Other features (depending on the trim level and available technology package) include an adaptive cruise control with collision warning; blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert; rain-sensing wipers; heated and cooled front seats; and voice-activated navigation.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, safety restraint warranty and roadside assistance program; 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty.

Base Price: $25,995

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC Duratec V6
Horsepower: 263 hp @ 6,250 rpm
Torque: 249 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive

Curb weight:
4,015 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 202.9/76.2/60.7 in
Turning circle: 39.7 ft

all-wheel power-assisted disc with ABS

Suspension: MacPherson strut and rear-facing L-shaped lower control arm with isolated subframe and stabilizer bar in front; independent multi-link with coil-over shocks, stamped-steel lower control arms and cast upper control arms in rear

Traction: all-speed traction control; AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City:
18 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg

dual front airbags; front seat side-impact airbags; Safety Canopy system with rollover sensor; SOS post-crash alert system; tire pressure monitoring system


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PSV072809 (Updated 05/26/10 NW)