|Midsize SUV; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $11,500 – $19,000*|
2008 Ford Taurus X Front
2008 Ford Taurus X Rear
2008 Ford Taurus X Interior
2008 Ford Taurus X Profile
Often overlooked, the Taurus X combines the virtues of a midsize SUV with the tidier dimensions of a midsize station wagon. Taurus X earns our praise as a pleasant and comfortable family wagon with class-competitive power, roomy accommodations, vast cargo space, and relatively nimble handling. A crude-sounding engine and cheap-looking interior trim are our only major complaints.
Taurus X was the new name for Ford’s Freestyle crossover sport-utility vehicle, relaunched for the 2008 season. Along with the name change, this SUV got freshened styling and more power. All models had a revised front-end appearance and suspension for 2008. Taurus X was essentially a seven-passenger wagon version of the Ford Taurus (formerly Five Hundred) sedan. Although the Taurus sedan ranked as a large car and Ford called the Taurus X “full-size,” it was actually a midsize model, competing in a class that included the GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, and Mazda CX-9.
Front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models were available in SEL, Eddie Bauer, and Limited trim levels. The sole powertrain teamed a 263-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. These replaced a 203-horsepower 3.0 V6 and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), used for the Freestyle wagon.
Seating for six was standard, with second-row buckets that could flip and fold with one touch. A second-row bench could be installed instead for seven-passenger capacity. Standard antilock brakes and traction control were joined for 2008 by an antiskid system. Front side airbags and curtain side airbags also were standard. Eddie Bauer and Limited models had 18-inch tires versus 17-inch for the SEL edition. A navigation system and DVD entertainment were optional. Also available was Ford’s Sync, a voice-activated interface for cell phones and digital music players.
|2009 Taurus X
Modifications were minor for the 2009 Taurus X, including a newly available SOS Post-Crash Alert system, which could flash the turn-signal lamps and honk the horn to alert first responders to the vehicle’s location.