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.