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Five stars side; five stars side pole
Torque Vectoring Control becomes standard on all Taurus models; it can selectively apply one of the front brakes to help mitigate understeer when accelerating and turning
The current Taurus has an excellent record for safety and is one of the top-rated sedans of any size or price. For 2013, Ford bolsters that reputation with even more safety-tech. In it there's a new Curve Control feature that senses when the driver has entered a curve (or freeway ramp) too quickly, smartly scrubbing off speed. Other noteworthy features include adaptive cruise, collision warning with brake support, a blind-spot system, cross-traffic alert, and Ford's MyKey electronic-nanny system, which has proven appreciated by both parents and fleets. An SOS post-crash alert system is standard, too; after an impact that causes airbags to deploy, the SOS system unlocks all doors, turns on the hazard flashers, and sounds the horn.
Crash-test ratings for the Taurus have for years been excellent. But as of yet the revised 2013 Ford Taurus doesn't have a complete set of scores. The federal government hasn't yet tested the 2013 Taurus for frontal impact, but it carried the Taurus' five-star side impact rating over from last year--as well as its top five-star score in the federal side-pole test, simulating a side collision with a tree or pole, and indicating that the Taurus' structure is especially robust and protective. And at the time of posting, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't yet tested the 2013 model or carried over any of its ratings from previous model years.
Poor rearward visibility is an additional strike against the Taurus, as our editors have noted, although the rear camera system helps somewhat.
Several optional high-tech driver aids could add to the Taurus' already strong record for safety.