Ford Taurus2000-06 models
results also apply to: 2000-05 Mercury Sable
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Ford Taurus and the Mercury Sable were redesigned for the 2000 model year to provide more advanced occupant restraint features. The Sable was discontinued after the 2005 model year, and the 2006 Taurus was sold primarily to fleets. The Taurus was then discontinued after the 2006 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.
- Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.
- Power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals that move back and forth are an option that allows drivers of varying heights to maintain a safe distance from the steering wheel yet still reach the foot pedals.
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional).
- Antilock brakes (optional)
- Daytime running lights (optional on cars sold to fleets)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2000 Ford Taurus SES 4-door
- Class: Large family car
- Weight: 3,333 lbs.
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
- Wheelbase: 108 in.
- Length: 198 in.
- Width: 73 in.
- Engine: 3.0 L V6
- EPA ratings: 19 mpg city | 28 mpg highway