The Ford Taurus is all-new for 2010 and ready to take on the world’s best with an upscale new design, impeccable driving dynamics, and class-leading technologies.

It debuted as a family sedan, but with the advent of crossovers, the 2010 Taurus is aimed more at drivers who place more of a premium on the driving experience and technologies aimed at making time on the road more meaningful and fun.

Exterior design details are sculpted and powerful — from the powerdome that speaks to the strength behind its confident grille to the pronounced fenders and fascia. Bold headlights combined with recessed parking lamps frame a new expression of the signature Ford three-bar grille. New wheels, from 17 to 20 inches in diameter, fill the sculpted wheel wells and lend Taurus a muscular and athletic stance.

Inside, a forward-leaning center stack — home to the climate controls, audio components and available navigation screen — flows in a continuous unbroken form through the instrument panel and down into the center console.

To match its athletic looks, the Taurus features sportier driving dynamics. The 2010 Taurus comes with Ford’s proven Duratec 3.5-liter V-6, generating 263 horsepower and 249 lbs.-ft of torque. Suspension components are tuned to deliver on the sporty and aggressive design with optimized roll stiffness for cornering control, responsive steering with sharp turn-in and precision accuracy.

Base model estimated mpg: 18/28

Estimated starting price: $25,995

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