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Compared: 2010 Ford Taurus vs. 2009 Ford Taurus Page 2

2010 Ford Taurus SHO

The 2010 Taurus rides on a suspension similar to the 2009-2010 Lincoln MKS, a vehicle well liked here at The big Lincoln is responsive, and the Taurus should be as well. The biggest change is the rear suspension that is completely different from the 2009 model. The standard wheel and tire combo on the 2010 Taurus is also larger than the 2009 model, with sizes of P237/55R18 vs. P215/60R17. More tire contact area along with a lower-profile sidewall helps sharper handling responses and increases the amount of mechanical grip available to the driver.

Of course, when it comes to performance, we're all looking forward to the release of the 2010 Taurus SHO with its 365-horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 engine. This will separate this Taurus from any regular flavor of full-size car.

In advance of our drive this week, here's what we like about the Taurus at first glance:

  • Interesting new lines
  • Revamped interior with higher-quality feel
  • Reborn SHO edition has 365 horsepower
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Cutting-edge features like SYNC

And what we're not so fond of:

  • SHO Taurus is pricey at $38K
  • Still not as handsome as Malibu or Altima
  • Very big car

So what does the 2010 Ford Taurus say about its maker that the outgoing Taurus didn't? How about that Ford Motor Company has style, is bold enough to resurrect a performance icon (the SHO), and wants to win buyers back to the Blue Oval based on its products, not the size of its rebate checks?

Stay tuned for more coverage of the 2010 Ford Taurus as I cruise around eastern Tennessee today, and report on the Taurus next week and the SHO the week after.

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Comments (5)
  1. Rex,
    First and foremost you are a big idiot. Ford delivers what you picky auto writers have been askig for and now you take pokes at it. Still not as handsome as Malibu or Altima
    Very big car are your comments. A big car with excellent fuel economy and power, quit your gripping. If you want a small car keep your smart car. As for looks, don't give me your opinion on looks, let the people decide what they like, your unfounded, baseless comments only add to your undeniable stupidity.

  2. Some of your comments about the new Ford Taurus are absolutely OFF THE WALL.
    "Big car" The car was,is,will be a big car because It was meant to be a FULL-SIZED SEDAN.
    IF YOU CONSIDER YOURSELVES GOOD AUTO JOURNALIST, Never ever mention your personal preferences, even a FOOL knows that styling is highly subjective in other plainer english, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    It's also pointless to compare it to mid-sized sedans like the malibu and Altima, that's what the 2010 Fusion is for, which by the way blows them out the water in the syling.
    did you see that? that was my personal opinion.

  3. Stewart and Carguy - I agree. Ford is doing this right. The Taurus is a full sized sedan to fill the need of the codgers who still love their old Ford 500 sedans. However, the SHO (pricy you say? Not so much for genuine muscle car) will appeal to car nuts who will come up with the dollars. An American made four wheel drive muscle car, ala MB/BMW will do the job.
    Stand back! Ford is on a roll.

  4. I agree with the others, Ford is on a roll. Best styling, powertrains, and reliability.

  5. Mystified by your poor fuel economy. Have 3000 miles on a SE FWD . 22.3 MPG overall since new including 300 mile highway trip which was 30.1 MPG averaging 63 mph. All but the highway trip on oxigenated fuel.

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