The Ford Taurus was thoroughly redesigned for 2010. Those who remember the midsize family hauler from its genesis in the mid-1980's might be shocked to see how it has grown over the years. It's now the large "standard Ford," a full-size sedan that occupies the space above the midsize Fusion in Ford's model lineup.

The big story is that Taurus is now as fully featured as most any car on the road, with options like adaptive cruise control, blind spot information system and cross traffic alert. This high-tech safety equipment is made possible by radar sensors, of which there are three, one for cruise and two for the other systems. Adaptive cruise adjusts your speed both by cutting the throttle and applying the brakes, and can slow the car to below 20 mph before the driver has to take over. Blind spot information system lights up an indicator in the side-view mirror anytime a car pulls alongside. And cross traffic alert sounds an alarm if you're backing up and it detects a car coming from the side.

A fully loaded Taurus is as plush and luxurious as even the best luxury sedans of a few years ago, yet it has a starting MSRP of just $25,170.

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