Compared: 2010 Ford Taurus vs. 2009 Ford Taurus Page 2

June 15, 2009

2010 Ford Taurus SHO

The 2010 Taurus rides on a suspension similar to the 2009-2010 Lincoln MKS, a vehicle well liked here at The big Lincoln is responsive, and the Taurus should be as well. The biggest change is the rear suspension that is completely different from the 2009 model. The standard wheel and tire combo on the 2010 Taurus is also larger than the 2009 model, with sizes of P237/55R18 vs. P215/60R17. More tire contact area along with a lower-profile sidewall helps sharper handling responses and increases the amount of mechanical grip available to the driver.

Of course, when it comes to performance, we're all looking forward to the release of the 2010 Taurus SHO with its 365-horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 engine. This will separate this Taurus from any regular flavor of full-size car.

In advance of our drive this week, here's what we like about the Taurus at first glance:

  • Interesting new lines
  • Revamped interior with higher-quality feel
  • Reborn SHO edition has 365 horsepower
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Cutting-edge features like SYNC

And what we're not so fond of:

  • SHO Taurus is pricey at $38K
  • Still not as handsome as Malibu or Altima
  • Very big car

So what does the 2010 Ford Taurus say about its maker that the outgoing Taurus didn't? How about that Ford Motor Company has style, is bold enough to resurrect a performance icon (the SHO), and wants to win buyers back to the Blue Oval based on its products, not the size of its rebate checks?

Stay tuned for more coverage of the 2010 Ford Taurus as I cruise around eastern Tennessee today, and report on the Taurus next week and the SHO the week after.

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