According to ConsumerGuide, “this generation of Ford's flagship sedan offers a breadth and depth of features, gadgets, and trim levels, all at prices that make it stand out among a wide variety of midsize and large cars.”
Standard features no the $25,995 Taurus SE include an AM/FM/CD player with MP3 playback; tilt/telescope steering; a 60/40 split-folding rear seat; a power driver seat; and power locks, windows, and mirrors.
The next trim up, the $27,995 Taurus SEL includes Sirius Satellite Radio, automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel; the $31,995 Limited adds 19-inch wheels, ambient lighting, a six-CD changer, reverse parking sensors, leather seats and power controls for the front passenger, and the SYNC entertainment console.
“Sync comes standard when you step up to the Limited model, along with a six-disc CD changer plus 10-way-adjustable perforated leather seats,” states Edmunds. “From here you can buy voice-activated navigation with a 10GB hard drive for music storage for $1,995. Several first-time Taurus options such as heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade, automatic high-beams and rain-sensing wipers are available as package options.”
USA Today says, “Optional radar systems notify you of traffic and obstructions in the danger zones, including traffic from the sides as you back blindly out of that narrow slot at the boutique grocery where customers are mainly car-haters. Optional radar-based cruise control can slow the car (dramatically, we verified) if you get closer than a set distance to a car ahead. It's theoretically capable of emergency stopping, but Ford doesn't think people want to surrender that much control.”
The SHO starts at $37,995 and, with its unique powertrain and suspension, gets a spoiler, push-button start, sueded seats, and high-intensity discharge headlamps. On the options list, all-wheel drive adds $1,850 to the SEL and Limited; there’s adaptive cruise control; keyless entry with push-button start; and Ford's keyless entry keypad with a new flush-mounted pad on the driver’s side B-pillar. Also available: Ford’s MyKey feature that lets parents program a specific key fob with restricted vehicle function, such as maximum speed and maximum radio volume. A navigation system and sunroof are big-ticket options, too.
“The $995 Performance Package adds twenty-inch wheels and tires, sport-tuned steering, a numerically higher final-drive ratio, performance brake pads, and two extra modes for the electronic stability system,” reports Automobile Magazine.
Edmunds sums up the features and options of the 2010 Ford Taurus: “Even if you don't load yours up, the very presence of these items on the options sheet is a clear sign that Ford wants the 2010 Ford Taurus to be a more aspirational sort of full-size sedan, a flagship with a recognizable name.”