As we prepare to drive the 2010 Ford Taurus today (our first road test review is coming next week), it's important to have a frame of reference. A good comparison for the all-new 2010 Ford Taurus is the outgoing model. formerly known as the Five Hundred. Pitting these two sedans against one another shows how differently Ford Motor Company is thinking these days.
While we've given you a quick summary below, check out this link that compares the 2009 Ford Taurus vs. 2010 Ford Taurus. It utilizes our Car Compare tool to provide a great snapshot of how these cars stack up.
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2009 Ford Taurus
The outgoing Taurus hasn't been a big sales success for Ford, but it does have some interesting personality traits. In our Bottom Line for the 2009 Taurus, we pointed out the positives in this big, front- or all-wheel-drive sedan:
- Spacious trunk
- Comfortable, roomy cabin
- Nimble handling
- Great braking performance
- Available SYNC interface
The big Ford also rides smoothly, responds to driver inputs more quickly than its looks would suggest, and posts commendable results in the safety category. In other words, the 2009 Ford Taurus is a traditional full-size American car that targeted buyers who wanted comfortable, if a bit boring, transportation.
Now for the dislikes:
- No fun for enthusiasts here
- Yawn-worthy exterior, especially in the rear
- Disappointing fuel economy
Next up? The new Taurus, which arrives in showrooms in a few weeks with reshaped sheetmetal, a more up-to-date interior, and a raft of new safety gear and features.
The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO uses the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which pairs gasoline direct injection with twin turbochargers to generate an estimated 365 horsepower.Enlarge Photo
2010 Ford Taurus
You've likely read that the 2010 Ford Taurus shares some mechanical DNA with the 2009 model, but don't let that scare you away from considering this new sedan, especially if you like some visual and dynamic spice mixed into your automotive diet.
The old and new Taurus ride on an identical 112.9-inch wheelbase, but the 2010 Taurus looks nothing like the humpbacked 2009 model. The new design is crisp and strong looking. Careful detailing gives the 2010 edition character. If you didn't know it was a Taurus, you could easily mistake it as a luxury car from some other manufacturer.
Some basics; while the 2009 Taurus was large, the 2010 model is larger: 1.1 inches longer overall and 1.7 inches wider. Mercifully, the roof of the new Taurus is shorter, a dimensional cut we're glad to see.
While the 2009 Taurus may be smaller on the outside, it actually offers more interior room in six of eight measurements compared to the 2010 edition, plus the 2009's larger trunk boasts a 1.1 cubic-foot advantage. Based on time sitting in each Taurus model, I don't think you won't miss the room that's missing from the 2010 model. The issue is how much room does a person need? The 2010 Ford Taurus delivers plenty. And when it comes to the interior, what's more significant is the design: Ford's recent interiors have been world-class. The inside of even the base 2010 Taurus models look and feel rich and high-quality.
Mechanically, the base models of the 2009 and 2010 Taurus share the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The combination provides more than adequate acceleration with 263 horsepower. Mileage is expected to be similar between model years, at 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway.