2010 Ford Taurus - Road Test Specs

Vehicle
Model year2010
MakeFord
ModelTaurus
StyleLimited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$31,995
Options on test vehicleRapid Spec 302A Package ($2,000 - includes adjustable pedals, auto-dimming driver mirror, auto high-beams, blind-spot information system, keyless ignition, rain-sensing wipers and Sony premium sound), Adaptive Cruise Control ($1,195).
As-tested MSRP$35,190
Drivetrain
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine type60-degree V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,496cc (213 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3:1
Redline (rpm)6,700
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)263 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)249 @ 4,500
Transmission type6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.484, II = 2.872, III = 1.842, IV = 1.414, V = 1.000, VI = 0.742, Final Drive = 2.77/3.16, R = 2.882
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson strut, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.0:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RS-A
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP255/45R19 100V
Tire size, rearP255/45R19 100V
Wheel size19-by-8-inch front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.8-by-1.2-inch ventilated disc with two-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear13-by-0.4-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.0 (5.0 traction control on)
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8 (7.9 traction control on)
0-75 mph (sec.)11.4 (11.5 traction control on)
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 88.9 (15.8 @ 88.7 traction control on)
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.5 (7.6 traction control on)
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.3 (stability control undefeatable)
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79 (stability control undefeatable)
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.3
@ Full throttle (dB)72.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.0
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsVirtually nothing to be gained with wheelspin. Steering wheel gets a little darty, with torque steer under wide-open throttle. Without a distinct redline, the manual shift mode would be futile. Upshifts occurred between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm depending on gear, and were reasonably quick.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsAside from the readily obvious ABS pump in the pedal feedback and the loud tires, all stops were straight, controlled and well grouped at an acceptable distance for a 2-ton sedan. Some forward pitch and medium-travel pedal.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Non-defeat stability control system chops throttle to limit speed around the pad, so there's not under- or oversteer at all. Still, 0.79g indicates a decent amount of grip. Steering load is moderate and I could hear moaning as I turned the wheel. Slalom: Non-defeat stability control limits yaw with brake applications. The system is obviously set to conservative levels, but adequate grip provided a decent speed nonetheless. Some delay/gain between steering input and change in direction, but at 60 mph, it was easily predictable.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)75.6
Wind (mph, direction)5.9
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/28 highway (estimated)
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.1
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.0
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,015
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,042
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.5/39.5
Length (in.)202.9
Width (in.)76.2
Height (in.)60.7
Wheelbase (in.)112.9
Track, front (in.)65.3
Track, rear (in.)65.5
Turning circle (ft.)39.7
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)38.1
Headroom, front (in.)39.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)20.1
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution (standard), collision warning system with brake support (optional)
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
Emergency assistance systemStandard on Limited (Sync services)
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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