If asked to simply single out one sedan as the safest pick in the market—especially for the money—it's likely that each of TheCarConnection.com's editors would put the 2010 Ford Taurus on the shortlist.
Now, with new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) safety ratings for the Taurus, we can rest assured that the refreshed model will maintain the same top-notch protection that was reported for 2009. The IIHS has made the 2010 Ford Taurus a Top Safety Pick, meaning it gets top ratings in frontal, rear, and side tests and has electronic stability control.
The federal government has neither tested the 2010 Ford Taurus nor renewed its 2009 ratings, but the 2009 Taurus earned top five-star results in all frontal and side-impact categories. That said, TheCarConnection.com is confident enough that the 2010 Ford Taurus will do just as well to give it a perfect score of 10 in the Safety category of our Full Review.
And the same holds true for the new 365-horsepower, 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, which is a top pick for those who want an extra dose of performance while maintaining upper-echelon security. The SHO can accelerate to 60 mph in just six seconds.
The Taurus' safety features go beyond the expected airbag protection and accident-avoidance prowess that electronic stability control brings. An SOS post-crash alert feature is standard, unlocking all doors, turning on the hazards, and sounding the horn in the event of a crash, while Blind Spot Alert and Cross Traffic Alert systems are optional, along with a rearview camera. The adaptive cruise control system in the 2010 Taurus even has a collision-warning feature, and parents can set the available MyKey entry system to limit top speed or radio volume.
The only slight blemish for the 2010 remains rearward visibility that's just a little compromised, given the combination of a high beltline and trunk lid along with a steeply sloped back window. An available rearview camera helps with parking though.
The Ford Taurus—and the Five Hundred that preceded it—haven't been known for much excitement, but that changes for 2010. A fully revamped interior has a higher quality feel, reports editor Marty Padgett in his Bottom Line on the 2010 Taurus, and road manners have been improved.
The 2010 Ford Taurus starts just below $26,000, with the SHO starting around $37k.