2017 Ford Taurus

large car / 4-door sedan

2017 Ford Taurus 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Basic

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2013-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Ford Taurus SE 4-door

The Ford Taurus was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Beginning with the 2013 model year, the side curtain airbags were lengthened to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Intrusion of the door hinge pillar, parking brake pedal, and instrument panel contributed to a significant risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1711
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 13
Footrest (cm) 6
Left toepan (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm) 11
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 4
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 11
Upper dash (cm) 9
Lower instrument panel (cm) 8

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1711
Head
HIC-15 42
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 2.2
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.19
Right 0.41
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.5
Right no data
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 63
Right 26

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2010-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Ford Taurus Limited 4-door 4WD

The Ford Taurus was re-engineered and restyled for the 2010 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0821
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 6
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0821
Head
HIC-15 178
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm) 39
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 0.2
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.36
Maximum tibia index - right 0.59
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 55
Right 64

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2010-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO 4-door 4WD with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Ford Taurus was re-engineered and restyled for the 2010 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS0802
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -12.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS0802
Head HIC-15 123
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.7
Combined force (kN) 5.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.1
L-M moment (Nm) 75
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS0802
Head HIC-15 207
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 43
Average deflection (mm) 33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.10
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.80
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.3
Combined force (kN) 3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.1
L-M moment (Nm) 103
A-P moment (Nm) 24

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Ford Taurus SEL 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,972 lbs
Peak force 16,759 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.22

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2013-19 models

Seat type: Power leather seats with 4-way head restraints

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seats with 4-way head restraints
Geometry
Backset (mm) 20
Distance below top of head (mm) 27
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.1
Head contact time (ms) 57
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 42
Max neck tension (N) 529

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SHO trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on the gradual right and both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left and gradual right curves and inadequate on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SHO trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 48.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 36.1 m None
250m radius right curve, left edge 55.0 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 35.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.6 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 33.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 145.2 m
Straightaway left edge 128.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 69.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 52.9 m

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 77.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 41.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 45.2 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 40.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 37.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 35.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 106.7 m
Straightaway left edge 74.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 44.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 37.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 37.9 m

Trim level(s)

  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 77.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 41.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 45.2 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 40.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 37.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 35.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 106.7 m
Straightaway left edge 74.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 44.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 37.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 37.9 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Collision Warning with Brake Support

Package name

  • Optional Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning

Applies to 2015-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.
Basic
Basic
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Limited
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 12
Clearance angle (degrees) 70
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 23
Clearance angle (degrees) 62
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 66
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 17
Clearance angle (degrees) 70
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated