Ford Motor Co. homogenized the styling on the '00 Taurus/Sable with all-new sheet metal, but it's what's under the skin that the company is touting. Loaded with safety features, including new dual stage smart air bags, adjustable pedals (an $85 option) and a new safety belt restraint system, Ford believes the changes will help the Taurus close the sales gap with Honda Accord and Toyota Camry when it hits the market Oct. 1. Ford successfully played the safety card with its '97-'98 ...

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