• Aug 4, 2009
2010 Ford Taurus SHO - Click above for high-res image gallery

Color us unsurprised that the new 2010 Ford Taurus earned a coveted Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. After all, the previous-generation Taurus took home the award in 2008 and 2009 and the pre- name-change Ford Five Hundred was a Top Safety Pick way back in 2007.

In order to win the Top Safety Pick award, the IIHS says "a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute's front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control." Click here and you'll see that the 2010 Ford Taurus got solid green marks all across the board.

We'd love to show an image gallery of the 2010 Taurus crash test results, but none are available. The last full-size Ford sedan actually crash tested by the IIHS was the 2007 Five Hundred. Therefore, the Top Safety Pick was awarded based on Ford's own internal crash test data after being verified by IIHS researchers.



Photos Copyright ©2009 Chris Paukert / Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Insurance Institute For Highway Safety]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the new Taurus. But I'd rather have a Mondeo 5 door or estate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should come as no surprise. The IIHS loves recommending 4,000 pound land yachts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well yeah, when I looked into buying one I was told I needed Semi plates based on the vehicle's size and weight so I would at least expect Semi safety in the event of a collision.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's nothing wrong with 2 ton, 350HP AWD land yachts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "land yacht"

        In person it looks bigger than it actually is. I know the Lincoln MKS is on the same platform / frame so they are very similar in size (that's about the only similiarity)

        I've got to say, the Lincoln MKS is incredible in person. This should prove to be the same! I'm a HUGE 2010 Taurus Fan... And MKS fan now too!
        • 5 Years Ago
        We used to have an '87 Taurus in the family, and my first impression of the new model at the auto show was that it's absolutely enormous. Sadly, reviewers are right that it rather lacks interior room for its size.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Luis

        The old versus new comparison also shows how big mainstream Americans have become. :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Didn't this happen in the 60's and early 70's? Gas was cheap (relatively), cars got huge. Gas skyrocketed in the mid-late 70's, cars got small, seems like its proportional. But it is incredible to see how much bigger cars have gotten over the past two decades. I noticed this seeing a new BMW 5-series park up next to a late-80's model, looked like the new Bimmer had been cowing out on donuts. Maybe its the drivers that are getting bigger, and cars to follow suit?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Land yacht? I think you're exaggerating the sheer size of this beastly truck with 4 doors and no bed. It's massive, square and boring, but hardly large enough to equal a yacht. Anymore overhang and maybe...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is really a great post!
      This FORD Taurus really deserves to be pick from IIHS.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well the previous confusion of a 500/Taurus was the safest car (structure wise) the IIHS had ever tested, so it's no suprise that the new one is a "Top Pick".
        • 5 Years Ago
        +100

        I also think that even the older Taurus was one of the safer vehicles on the road for decades.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The sad thing is how bad it looked. Now we can have safety and style. :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Duh! Its a big car. It is now Ford's flagship vehicle and replaces the Crown Victoria in the lineup. I suppose that is difficult to understand for many, but that is what Ford chose to do with the Taurus. I suppose Ford could have called this Crown Victoria but the same knuckle draggers and idiots that troll these boards would be whooping it up over that renaming.

      Perhaps it should be stated to the numb nuts here - Ford built a perfectly competent vehicle in the 2009 Taurus that had all the room you wanted and more. You didn't buy it then. So shove it if you don't like the decreased room and the more stylish outside. This vehicle is quite frankly more vehicle than you are competent to appreciate.

      And to the AutoBlog staff - shove it - if you want passion - copulate with a Porsche.
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey,

      I just need to say that if it wasn't for my 2002 Ford Taurus, I would not be here. I was broad sided by a drunk driver about 3 months ago. The witness in the car behind me said it was like watching a movie on a big screen and that he never wants to relive it ever again. And he agrees, my Ford Taurus saved my life. I was so extremely in love with that car and I miss her dearly, now that she's in that great junk yard in the sky. To know that the new Ford Taurus 2010 has this safety rating is a huge plus for me. Can you say, "repeat buyer?" I always called my dear car my Mommy Mobile because I have two little girls, who, thankfully, were not with me at the time of the accident. To look at the inside of the car you would never know that it had been in an accident. But I knew it was bad when rescue units couldn't get the door open. I was hit Ford engineers because I am still here. :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats Ford.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ford can thank volvo for that
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just because a vehicle shares a platform does not mean that it will inherit 100% of its attributes. Case in point the Mazda 6 vs. Ford Fusion crash test ratings (according to IIHS). That example, along with previous Taurus' crash test ratings, should prove that Ford knows how to engineer safety into their vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup. The Taurus is based on the S80 architecture.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, surveys show that safety is still one of the most important things people consider when they buy a car, and Ford's marketing has always had a lot of ads with emphasis on safety. Back in the 90s they had ads for the taurus that had "Safest Car in America" big and bold on a two page magazine ad. They've also done that more recently, I remember the '06 refresh of the Explorer had ads that showed off how it secured a 5 star crash safety rating in all categories untill 2011.
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