Push-Button Keyless Ignition? Now I've Seen Everything!

carI mentioned Ford has lent me a 2010 Ford Taurus SHO for the week. When you're coming from a '99 Protege with manual windows and locks, it's always a shock getting used to the modern conveniences a car like this has to offer.

One feature that's hard to get used to is the push-button keyless ignition. Absolutely no key required, in fact, there's no keyhole at all. To start this car, I press a button and press down on the brakes.


Starting a car without keys without having to hotwire. Now I've seen everything!

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Does your Taurus have the Ford Sync?

July 12, 2010 @ 5:35 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Yes. Got the Blackberry and iPod all synced up.

July 12, 2010 @ 6:11 PM


It's becoming quite common on conventional cars today.

July 12, 2010 @ 7:47 PM


You always had trouble finding the (key)hole anyway.

July 12, 2010 @ 8:18 PM

Mike from Lowville

Ford Sync is almost a standard item now. A friend in Windsor has a SHO. I believe it's the best domestic built car on the road, next to the Fusion Hybrid!

July 13, 2010 @ 10:15 AM


The push button ignition first appeared in the 1950s, but the technology was unreliable so it was discontinued. Chevy, Volkswagen and British autos.

July 14, 2010 @ 11:08 AM

Mike from Lowville

Trish, my father's 1949 Mercury pickup had a push button starter. Nothing new to Ford. Just re-introduced.

July 16, 2010 @ 7:29 AM


Maybe I am overlooking the obvious but......What is the purpose of the keyless ignition and really what is the benefit?

July 21, 2010 @ 8:31 AM

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