Up Close: 2010 Ford Taurus

By Mike Hanley  on January 10, 2009

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Even with a large three-bar chrome grille, the previous Taurus was a bland-looking full-size sedan, even by full-size-sedan standards. It's still no stunner, but the 2010 Taurus has an elegance that the previous model lacked — especially on the inside, which features premium materials on uplevel versions.

The new Taurus incorporates styling cues of Ford's European cars, including a large lower-bumper opening. The slim headlights and trapezoidal grille — sans Ford's recent trademark three chrome bars — combine to create a sleek front end that carries all the way back to the rear roof pillars. I'm not a fan of the forward-leaning trunklid styling, however; it's reminiscent of the back of a classic wood boat, which doesn't translate that well to land.

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The Taurus' new interior styling is pretty nice. The instrument panel features sporty circular gauges with blue backlighting and a sleek center control panel that flows into the center console, much like the one in the Lincoln MKS. Overall materials quality in higher-end versions of the Taurus is good, on par with what's in the MKS. The Taurus' backseat is spacious and features some of the softest seat cushions around.

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Ford's changes to the Taurus take its flagship sedan in the right direction, and I suspect the interior will pleasantly surprise many shoppers. Let us know what you think of the interior in the comments.

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Senior Editor Mike Hanley is a father of three boys; he reviews new cars, admires classic cars and has embraced the minivan lifestyle.  Email Mike