2010 Ford Taurus

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Ford Taurus. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Sportier styling
  • Improved cabin quality
  • Big trunk
  • Available luxury features

The Bad

  • Boat-tail rear styling
  • Backseat feels smaller than before

Notable Features of the 2010 Ford Taurus

  • Redesigned for 2010
  • 263-hp V-6
  • Available heated and cooled front seats
  • Available collision-prevention system
  • FWD or AWD

2010 Ford Taurus Road Test

Joe Bruzek
Performance returns to the Ford Taurus for 2010 in the form of the all-new Taurus SHO. Wait a second ... "performance" and "Taurus" in the same sentence? Indeed; while its performance moniker isn't as widely known as "Shelby" or "Cobra," many Ford enthusiasts have equal respect for the "Super High Output" Taurus-turned-sports-sedan that was introduced in 1989 and phased out in 1999. Much of the equation that made the original SHO a cult favorite is back for 2010, including a powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension and subtle interior and exterior enhancements.

Cult status aside, the SHO is a heavy car, and it doesn't give the feeling of a well-rounded package. What's special about it is entirely under the hood: a 365-hp, twin-turbocharged, direct-injection V-6.

For our review of the non-SHO 2010 Taurus, click here.

EcoBoost Me
Ford's combination of turbocharging and direct injection is called EcoBoost, and it's good. Very good. Unlike most turbocharged engines, the SHO has gobs of power available low in the rev range. I was never left waiting for acceleration at any speed. Whether at a dead stop or already going 55 mph, punching the gas yields the same pinned-to-your-seat acceleration that doesn't taper off throughout the rev range.

Ford says the SHO's EcoBoost engine has V-8 horsepower with the gas mileage of a V-6, and the numbers back it up. The turbo V-6 makes a V-8-like 365 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque, and with its impressiv...

Performance returns to the Ford Taurus for 2010 in the form of the all-new Taurus SHO. Wait a second ... "performance" and "Taurus" in the same sentence? Indeed; while its performance moniker isn't as widely known as "Shelby" or "Cobra," many Ford enthusiasts have equal respect for the "Super High Output" Taurus-turned-sports-sedan that was introduced in 1989 and phased out in 1999. Much of the equation that made the original SHO a cult favorite is back for 2010, including a powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension and subtle interior and exterior enhancements.

Cult status aside, the SHO is a heavy car, and it doesn't give the feeling of a well-rounded package. What's special about it is entirely under the hood: a 365-hp, twin-turbocharged, direct-injection V-6.

For our review of the non-SHO 2010 Taurus, click here.

EcoBoost Me
Ford's combination of turbocharging and direct injection is called EcoBoost, and it's good. Very good. Unlike most turbocharged engines, the SHO has gobs of power available low in the rev range. I was never left waiting for acceleration at any speed. Whether at a dead stop or already going 55 mph, punching the gas yields the same pinned-to-your-seat acceleration that doesn't taper off throughout the rev range.

Ford says the SHO's EcoBoost engine has V-8 horsepower with the gas mileage of a V-6, and the numbers back it up. The turbo V-6 makes a V-8-like 365 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque, and with its impressive 17/25 mpg city/highway, the SHO's mileage matches that of the non-EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 — and it doesn't require premium gas. So basically you get 102 more hp while using the same amount of gas. Sounds good to me.

Many enthusiasts like to hear the whistle of a turbocharger, and you won't get that in the SHO. I picked up a few faint whistles during initial acceleration with the windows down, but otherwise the no-nonsense EcoBoost power plant gives little indication of its impressive power — other than the speedometer needle swiftly arcing forward.

No Manual
The new SHO does not come with a manual transmission, which the first few model years had exclusively. I talked with a group of first-generation SHO owners, and they're bitter about it. To them, the SHO name is synonymous with "manual transmission." When asked what they would like to see improved in future model years, all three said a manual transmission needs to be added.

The current SHO's six-speed automatic works well teamed with the EcoBoost engine, and the steering-wheel-mounted paddles shift the transmission quickly. It's no replacement for a manual, but I sense that adding a manual transmission would be difficult because of the Taurus' massive center console. Imagining trying to grab a gearshift on the elevated, wide console put me off.

Suspension & Handling
Unlike the original SHO, which was based on a midsize sedan, the new Taurus is a genuine full-sizer, weighing in at a portly 4,368 pounds. Despite having been upgraded, the suspension has a hard time keeping up with the car's heft. What's good is that the car never feels sloppy or uncontrollable. Body roll isn't significant, but it doesn't long to be thrown into corners like a good sports sedan should.

The standard all-wheel drive plants power to the ground, preventing wheel slip, but it doesn't feel as effective as some all-wheel-drive systems in terms of helping the SHO's handling. In contrast, Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which is used in the similarly priced TL SH-AWD, does an amazing job controlling the car and rotating it around corners. Bonus: The TL SH-AWD is available with an authentic manual transmission for 2010.

Like the suspension, the SHO's brake pedal didn't feel up to the task. Its family-sedan roots were apparent every time I hit the soft, mushy brake pedal. With a performance car, you typically want a solid, firm brake pedal that communicates well how the car is reacting.

Appearance
There's little to distinguish the SHO from a Taurus Limited in terms of outward appearance. Stepping up to the SHO gets you unique 19-inch wheels, a deck-lid spoiler, dual tailpipes and a few SHO emblems. There aren't any scoops, ground effects or obnoxious wheels included. The SHO manages to look aggressive without being flashy, which it owes mainly to the fact that the new 2010 Taurus is already an aggressive-looking sedan. The reception would have been a lot different if Ford had tried to turn the previous, 2009 Taurus into an SHO.

On the inside, the Taurus' interior is already an impressive execution, and little is added to the SHO. It's much more upscale than most would expect a Taurus to be. When I took the SHO guys out in the car for a ride, the most-repeated remark was "This is a Ford? Really?"

The SHO package adds bonus pieces to the already classy interior, including suede seat inserts, an aluminum appliqué over the instrument gauges and dash, and aluminum covers for the brake and accelerator pedals. There's a sole SHO badge on the passenger-side dash, plus floormats with SHO branding.

Pricing & Features
Sitting at the top of the Taurus hierarchy, the SHO's pricing starts at $37,170. Our tester had an optional voice-activated navigation system ($1,995), 20-inch wheels (replacing the standard 19-inchers) ($695), multicontoured seats ($595), and an optional equipment package ($2,000) that added a moonroof, an upgraded stereo, and heated and cooled front seats. The grand total was $42,455.

SHO in the Market
Looking at the SHO as a sports sedan, there's a lot to be desired. The EcoBoost engine is by far the sedan's best asset; from a performance-to-dollar standpoint, there are cars with rear-wheel-drive balance and more brute acceleration for the same price. The 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP ($37,610) and 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8 ($38,180), for instance, are genuine muscle sedans, and even the less-powerful GT and R/T versions of each offer similar performance to the SHO for less money.

What the SHO does offer is an unparalleled interior experience, with quality and style the others can't match. In the end, the SHO is a better fit for regular Taurus buyers who are looking for more get-up-and-go, not buyers who want a performance car. Would I have chosen to call it an SHO? Definitely not. "Ford Taurus EcoBoost" has a better ring to it, and far less history to live up to.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best car I've ownex

by Dawn415 from New york on July 29, 2018

Car is a great car, all power. Very comfortable, lots of leg room.Trunk is huge. Very reliable. Never had any issues with this car. So much better than older models Read full review

(4.0)

Pretty decent all around Sedan

by Jad2045 on July 12, 2018

The car is a bit big and clunky feeling. For those who prefer a more precise control might feel uneasy here, but if you?re in it for the long cruise, it?s pretty comfortable. Great for families, ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Ford Taurus currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Ford Taurus SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Taurus received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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