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How does it drive? There's a singular answer, since the only engine and transmission fitted to the 2010 Ford Taurus is the corporation's well used (and mostly well-liked) 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 263 horsepower, which is plenty to move this full-size sedan off the line smartly. Acceleration is smooth and plentiful at all sane speeds. Mileage is impressive, at 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive models. Adding all-wheel drive subtracts 1 and 3 mpg.
The ride characteristics are sportier than you might expect from such a big sedan. The car feels taut but not highly strung. It's responsive without being the twitchy. There is some body roll, but it is not objectionable. The steering is direct and precise, and provides plenty of feedback. Driving the 2010 Taurus feels natural and intuitive. Even though it's not tomb-like, the interior is quiet and vibration free. Bumps and road acne are filtered out by the suspension, sub-frame isolators between the suspension and the body, and by well-placed insulation.
Just as the original 1986 Ford Taurus was a revelation for mid-size American sedan buyers, the 2010 Ford Taurus is a welcome reinvention of one of America's favorite sedans.
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