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Somehow the Ford Taurus manages to be a rather large sedan with a tight and cramped interior. Poor packaging efficiency, led by a center console resembling the Great Wall of China and not much rear-seat room results, in an interior that feels smaller than many midsized sedans. Small windows and thick pillars add to the claustrophobic feel, making it difficult for the driver to see out.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2000; side and head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

Somehow the Ford Taurus manages to be a rather large sedan with a tight and cramped interior. Poor packaging efficiency, led by a center console resembling the Great Wall of China and not much rear-seat room results, in an interior that feels smaller than many midsized sedans. Small windows and thick pillars add to the claustrophobic feel, making it difficult for the driver to see out. All but base trims add to the frustration with MyFord Touch's confusing and distracting controls.

Maybe some of this could be forgiven if the Taurus was rewarding to drive, but that's not the case either. It feels like a big car and comes up short on agility. At least the cabin is quiet and the ride is smooth.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (263 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“It just does not seem to cool the vehicle appropriately”

Jeffrey F., MN (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Damper motors needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Blower blend door actuator”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front passenger side air temperature control failed”

Anonymous, SC (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“the shift control would only allow heat or a/c on the passenger side of the dash board. No air would come through on the drivers side”

Francis C., MO (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Failure of blend door actuator”

Lawrence G., FL (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“when car is started there is a loud knocking under the dash on passenger side”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Only had heat out of one vent. All other vents cold”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Intermittent, shuts off for a about 30 seconds or so then turns back on”

Jeffrey F., MN (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“SOUNDS LIKE FAN IS HITTING SOMETHING WHEN MOTOR IS STARTED, AND SOMETIMES WHILE DRIVING”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Whenever I turn on the fan motor it makes a clicking sound before it starts to work”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“dual temperature control inoperative on passenger side due to an electric motor that controls the routing of the cool or hot air. The dealer wanted $90 just to diagnose the problem and apply it to the repair so I told them I'll do it myself and I di”

Ronald S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Drivers heated seat element went out”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“Heater blows cold at idle. Most notable on days under 40 degrees F”

Brian H., NE (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Not producing heat”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Had the heater door for the passenger side replace twice. (only blowing cold air)”

Russell M., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“The heater unit on the passenger side stopped working and was replaced”

Neil G., OH (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

“Dealer says the ac is full and does not work, dealer says the unit is low and it does not work. It just does not work right”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Condenser

“It leaked and was replaced”

David S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Na”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Rear brake calipers are in need of replacement. Calipers simply shouldn't need replacement and in my opinion are defective. Ford should replace these”

Cory G., IL (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“they were rusted in the closed position”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Calipers were defective on both rear sides. Replaced prematurely. Ford claims that it was wear and tear. I call it poor quality and craftsmanship”

John B., ON (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Parking brake

“Parking Brake would only engage about half of the time”

David N., OH (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Breaks recalled, last lest than 50k miles”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

“Rotors warped and had the turned, rotors warped again in 3000 miles and had to replace them”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Purchased Dec 2004 (new 2005) brake problem after 2nd week of owner ship. Dealer could not find problem after 2nd month brake problem reacured, dealer replaced front calapers, under warrenty. During 2nd year rear brakes failed, again dealer found no”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“had rust and were worn”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Rotors build up rust on inside and outside edge,causing pulsating”

Gertrude C., MA (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced twice”

Anonymous, SC (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“metal trim started to peal two years ago. was replaced by dealer”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“the silver paint/tape around tail lights peeled off leaving white plastic exposed had fixed once, came off again. had tail light assembly changed due to moisture took 3 different assemblies before moisture didn't come back”

Joseph D., NJ (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“front bumper panel came off..reset by ford and fell off again”

Anonymous, PR (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“I don't know what to call it but 2010 Ford Taurus's have a silver (decal, trim don't know what it is called) around the rear brake lights, it continually comes off and I have to buy some and put it on or have someone do it. Will have to do it again before I sell it this spring/summer, but it's a constant problem with this model year”

Joseph D., NJ (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint peeling from rear tail light”

George M., NV (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“same thing as I wrote before, silver tape around tail lights peeled off leaving white plastic exposed, had 1 fixed once the other 3 times since tail light assembly was replaced, they both peeled off and are still that way today”

Joseph D., NJ (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“the car came with the chrome package. The chrome is peeling and deteriorating”

Michael P., NY (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Paint is chipping away at door handles”

Stephen D., FL (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“two dealers couldn't properly adjust them. Did it myself- no help from ford”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Front side bulbs, just behind the headlights”

Stephen H., TX (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The bulbs continually burn out prematurely. Very frustrating”

Paul O., ON (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Actually, it was the rear window sunshade”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“The unit no longer works on the driver side. Living without it, but it is no fun in the winter. Passenger side works fine. Both units in my Edge work fine as well. Not made for 240 pound males to sit upon”

Paul O., ON (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Horn

“Seems only half as loud as it used to be”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Took several trips to the dealer to finally have them address this problem”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“This problem was repaired 2 different times based on Ford TSBs. The problem was never resolved, but occured less frequently and unless an authorized dealer could replicate it then according to Ford there wasn't a problem. Poorly built vehicle overall”

John B., ON (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Slipping transmission

“Occasional ( 1 out of 30-40 ) stops - the cad does not downshift into 1st, step on the gas the engine revs-up and then slams into 1st gear”

Paul M., PA (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“after stopping at a stop sign or traffic light the transmission will slip sometimes harder than other it does frequently not all the time”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“At 100000 miles the #4 cylinder burned through because the engine had been running lean its entire life”

E C., TN (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

“Had slight oil leak at turbo charger. Turbo charger replaced under warrantee”

Anonymous, ME (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Oil leak in turbo causing a burnt oil smell. This happened in both turbos at different times”

Anonymous, AK (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Two O2 sensors were replaced”

David S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The check engine light came on, but the ca continued to run flawlessly”

Greg S., TN (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“car made sound when starting to move forward after backing up”

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Can't explain”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Navigation instructs driver to veer left when road to be taken is on right and vice / versa intermittently. Must read street signs when following navigational information”

J A., GA (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Radio

“With Speed Sensitive Volume turned off. Volume responds to speed when driving in rain”

J A., GA (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Oil leak - a seal kit was installed”

David S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“It was replaced because of an oil leak and internal failures”

David S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

“Had to replace one of the coils in the engine”

Atul T., NY (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

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