Ford offers a collision warning system and adaptive cruise control on the new sedan, as well as Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Alert systems; these use rear- and side-aiming radar to alert drivers to impending disaster. The Taurus SHO also offers an optional rearview camera.
Crash-test results for the Taurus have been among the best of any vehicle, with top 'good' results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in frontal offset, side impact, rear impact, and roof strength; the 2011 Taurus has also been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. In the new, tougher testing and rating system employed by the federal government for the 2011 model year, the Taurus earned a four-star rating overall, including four stars in frontal impact and five stars in side impact. In the tough new side-pole test, which simulates the side collision with a tree or pole, it earned a top five-star score.
The sole strike against the Taurus thus far is the poor rearward visibility that comes from its styling and big headrests on the backseats.