2010 Ford Taurus Limited Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Ford Taurus - Road Test Specs

2010 Ford Taurus Sedan

(3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2010
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


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


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, 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 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rearSolid 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 under WOT (i.e., torque steer). Without a distinct redline, the manual shift mode would be futile. Upshifts occurred between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm depending on gear (slow tach?), and were reasonably quick.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsAside from the readily obvious ABS pump and 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 pad, so there's no 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)20.4
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


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


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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