All eyes were on the Big Three at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Between the federal aid and rumors of possible bankruptcy, everyone wanted to see what Detroit’s finest had up their sleeves for the next few years. While Dodge made big waves on the run up to the show with news about new electric concepts and Chevrolet beat its chest about more Volt news, Ford remained pretty quiet. As it turns out, that’s because the company was hard at work.
Ford took this year’s show by storm. The Blue Oval rolled out an arsenal of all-new rides as well as plans for future hybrid models to show off the company’s viability in an uncertain market. Instead of a bunch of flashy never-to-be-produced concepts, Ford brought along a slew of production-ready rigs, the most exciting of which has to be the 2010 Ford Taurus.
Sure, Ford also rolled out the brand-spankin’ new GT500 Mustang, but those cars will only go to a handful of buyers. The Taurus, on the other hand, could easily find its way into driveways across the country. If you remember the sedan’s previous iterations, the cars weren’t exactly anything to get excited about. Bland styling, just enough power and lackluster interiors were all elements in the car’s boring recipe.
For the Taurus’ resurrection, Ford walked straight to the trashcan and ditched all that. The 2010 Ford Taurus rocks an incredibly stylish exterior. Up front, narrowed headlights, a defined hood and a bold grille make for a sedan that exudes purpose. Large, stylish wheels define the car’s sides along with a well-placed fold to break up the sheet metal down both doors. The high waistline and far-reaching rear rake also lend the car a deceptively low-slung look.
Despite the visual cues outside, inside there’s plenty of room for five adults, including enough headroom for passengers above the six-foot mark. The sharp dash displays the kind incredible fit that’s become standard on all new Ford products. The center stack blends seamlessly into the Taurus’ center console, too, making for an interior that’s all soft lines. The whole package makes for something we wouldn’t have dreamed of from Ford just a few short years ago – and we like it.
Ford plans to release the front-wheel drive Taurus with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that boasts 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque. That means fuel economy in the mid-to-high 20’s when coupled to Ford’s six-speed automatic transmission. Rumors suggest a performance variant of the Taurus may also be in the works, complete with Ford’s new Ecoboost twin-turbocharged V-6 as well.
The 2010 Taurus marks a new definition of what it means to be a domestic vehicle. It’s clear Ford has begun to walk away from the kind of low quality transportation we used to see from the company. The company plans to sell the new Taurus from $25,995 – which is a steal for this level of vehicle.