Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tested the 2010 Taurus, but the '09 Taurus, which was almost structurally identical, got perfect scores in all crash tests. Plus, Ford has endowed its new flagship model with a host of new safety equipment.
Standard safety features include six airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction and stability control; automatic high beams; and rain-sensing wipers. An SOS post-crash alert system is also standard; after an impact that causes airbags to deploy, the SOS system unlocks all doors, turns on the hazard flashers, and sounds the horn.
“Protective parents can program an optional MyKey to sound chimes when 45 mph is exceeded, to restrict radio volume and top speed, and to alert text-messaging teens with early low-fuel warnings,” reports Automobile Magazine.
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 provides an optional rearview camera.
The sole strike against the Taurus thus far—crash-test agencies haven’t tested it yet—is rearward visibility, which several reviewers note.
“Another first for the 2010 Ford Taurus is adaptive cruise control, a $1,195 option that maintains a driver-selectable following distance to the car ahead. If someone swerves into the gap or if traffic ahead slows unexpectedly, it flashes a bright LED collision warning in a head-up windshield display and pre-charges the brakes in anticipation of a quick stop,” reports Edmunds.