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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
Safety features include front, side and curtain airbags
Now comes standard with electronic stability control and a new standard SOS-Post Crash Alert System
With its Volvo roots, top safety equipment, and only the best crash-test ratings across the board, the 2009 Ford Taurus is one of the safest sedans on the planet. With the previously optional electronic stability control system now offered as standard, the Taurus is a perfect 10.
The 2009 Ford Taurus features one of the most structurally sound bodies on the road today, as TheCarConnection.com discovered when researching crash-test reports. In NHTSA testing, the latest Ford Taurus earns perfect five-star ratings across the board, a very unusual feat given the stringent requirements for achieving such a high tally. The IIHS also reports perfect scores for the 2009 Ford Taurus, including a rating of "good" in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. In addition, the IIHS awards the 2009 Ford Taurus a Top Safety Pick award, citing the Taurus's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control."
Speaking of electronic stability control, that feature, along with "a new standard SOS-Post Crash Alert System," is standard on the 2009 Ford Taurus, according to ConsumerGuide. MyRide.com reviewers also appreciate that the Ford Taurus has "multiple airbags—two in front, side impact and curtain airbags that deploy in a rollover—and one of the strongest structures in the industry, courtesy of Volvo." As for other safety features, Cars.com reports that all but one of the five seats has head restraints. Buyers with infants and small children will like that "the Latch child-seat anchors for the outboard seats are spaced a few inches inward of the door," which means that when installed properly, the seats will be "farther away from potential side-impacts, and the inboard anchors are close enough to easily secure a seat in the center position—the safest spot for kids."
Visibility from within the 2009 Ford Taurus is another strong safety feature, and reviewers are unanimously impressed in this regard. ConsumerGuide says "visibility is very good," while Cars.com calls it "excellent, unhindered by sweeping rooflines or chunky C-pillars."
When you take price and value into consideration, the 2009 Ford Taurus is ahead of every one of its rivals and probably the safest car for the money.