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2008 Ford Taurus X

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2008 Ford Taurus X Review

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When it comes to the Ford Taurus X, the name is familiar and so is the vehicle, but for different reasons. That name belonged to a car that radicalized the world of mid-size sedans and wagons when it first appeared as a 1986 model, but then declined over the years to rental fleet anonymity. The vehicle itself, meanwhile, made an all but invisible debut as the Ford Freestyle, its solid foundations clad in forgettable sheetmetal and propelled by an engine unequal to the task. But the renewed and renamed 2008 Taurus X is more than just an attempt to improve upon sluggish sales by reviving a recognizable name. Along with the new appellation comes a substantial list of significant upgrades. Offered in front- and all-wheel drive editions, the Taurus X stacks up as crossover worthy of attention.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need an accommodating third row or just a sizeable cargo area, but would prefer to steer clear of tall SUV territory, the 2008 Ford Taurus X is uniquely qualified to meet your needs. It also scored five-star ratings in all four National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Like most car-based crossover vehicles, the 2008 Ford Taurus X doesn't offer the towing capacity (2,000 pounds) or off-road capability of a truck-based SUV. The X even falls short of other crossovers in ground clearance, a result of the lower profile and stance that distinguish it from its competitors.

What's New for 2008

In its waning days, the last generation Taurus was produced strictly for rental fleets before disappearing entirely at the end of the 2006 model year. The new Taurus and Taurus X owe nothing to that car and trace their structural origins to Volvo.

Driving the Taurus X

Driving Impressions Thanks to its rigid unit body, the 2008 Ford Taurus X delivers responses that are gratifyingly eager for a tall vehicle weighing over two tons. Tactile information from the steering...

is vague with the wheel on or near center, and the addition of a telescoping function to the column would make it easier to achieve an optimal driving position. But in general the X's road manners are devoid of nasty surprises, ride quality has a hint of Euro firmness without being excessively stiff, and the new-for-2008 V6 engine takes the excess drama out of passing on two-lane highways. The driver sightlines are better than average for a vehicle of this type, particularly looking forward. Only the braking performance leaves something to be desired, with long braking distances chief amongst our grievances.

Ford SYNC
Developed in partnership with Microsoft, Ford's new voice-activated communications system makes it easier to use cell phones and iPods, for instance, while also providing access to more of those devices' functionality.

Power Liftgate
Powered rear liftgates may seem hedonistic to those who have never lived with one, but once you do, you'll understand why they're becoming increasingly popular. A must-have for anyone who's ever juggled armloads of groceries or kids or both, particularly on a cold winter's night.

2008 Ford Taurus X Details
2008 Ford Taurus X photo Interior

One of the Freestyle's strong suits was exceptional roominess, and that carries through to the 2008 Ford Taurus X. A new one-touch flip-and-fold feature for the second row seats enhances third-row access, and numerous sound deadening measures make the interior quieter than the previous model. The X seats six or seven, and six-passenger versions provide an access alley to the third row.

Exterior
2008 Ford Taurus X photo

Though the Freestyle's front end was devoid of clutter, it was also understated to the point of invisibility. The 2008 Ford Taurus X update includes fresh sheetmetal from the windshield pillar forward, set off by an adaptation of the bright three-bar grille that's become Ford's new design signature. A power option is now available for the rear liftgate, making getting things in and out of the back easier.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A keyless entry keypad is unique to Ford products. Other standard features that aren't universally standard include a six-way power driver's seat, heated power side mirrors, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, 12 cupholders, and four 12-volt power points. Stability control, an option on the sedan, is standard on the X.

Optional Equipment

Notable options on the 2008 Ford Taurus X include navigation, DVD rear seat entertainment with two wireless headphones, power moonroof, perforated leather set trim, AM/FM audio with six-disc CD changer, dual zone climate control, power rear liftgate, Ford SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system, remote starting and Reverse Sensing System to aid in parking and backing up in tight spaces.

Under the Hood

Like its sedan counterpart, the 2008 Ford Taurus X has a single engine and transmission combination: a 3.5-liter V6 with a smooth six-speed automatic. This same V6 powers the Ford Edge, and with 263 horsepower, it gives the Taurus X respectable acceleration -- zero to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. Federal fuel economy projections under the new and more stringent rating system are 16 mpg city/24 highway for front-drive models, 15/22 for those with all-wheel drive.

3.5-Liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
249 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 15/22 (AWD)

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2008 Ford Taurus X Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 102 Ratings for the 2008 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Two minor problems in 6 years.

By on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,100

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, lots of room, the engine is quick."

Cons: "No telescoping steering wheel, no back-up camera."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've have had it to the dealer twice in the 6 years I've owned this car. Once for a window switch, the second to reprogram the power rear hatch. The bottom of the car is clean, no leaks."

The Ford Taurus X Limited is an awesome vehicle.

By on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive, roomy, sharpe looking"

Cons: "As of today I have nothing to complain about."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my Taurus X Limited. I just don't understand why they stopped making them. Mine drives and looks great. Mine is bright white with chrome side mirrors, chrome grill and elsewhere. It's a sharp looking vehicle. It has sooooo many great features. LOL I'm still finding out features I didn't know about."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Predecessor to the "New" Explorer...

By on Saturday, July 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Utility, room,AWD, good power, decent MPGs,comfort"

Cons: "Small Heat/AC buttons mounted low, eyes off road.."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This crossover has the body style of a Freestyle, the interior, drivetrain, and face of an Edge, with room to spare. Interior and drivetrain are very similar to the Latest Generation Explorer. Vehicle handles very well, feels confidently heavy, grips the road like a cat, is easy to drive with excellent sight lines. AWD makes the car winter friendly, handles New England ice and snow without worry. Leather seating is comfortable at any of the six bucket style seats. Rows 2&3 can fold flat. This third row is adult sized with ample headroom. 3.5L V6 MPGs average 21 to 22 in mixed driving, can get to 24 on a trip. Six speed transmission shifts well, I find the transfer / transaxle case noisy however...whirring noise, at low speeds, even changed front wheel bearings with no change. Body is well protected by cladding on wheel arches and lower body panels. Very safe accident rating, has 10 air bags. 18" Alloy wheels are beautiful, ample sized disk brakes at all wheels are confident. Highway ride is exceptionally quiet, suspension is firm. Tires can be a source of noise dependent on tread style and wear. Excellent lighting for nighttime visibility. Aluminum alloy hood will bubble paint at leading edge. This vehicle replaced a much loved early Escape SUV with over 200k miles, has more power, more room, more luxury, better MPGs. Taurus X Model only in 2008 / 2009. Ford did nothing to promote this vehicle. Funny how the "New" Explorer is so popular, expensive, and so similar."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love the room!

By on Thursday, June 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Value and room"

Cons: "Loud cabin noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I absolutely love the room and versatility this car offers. The power driver's seat is very comfortable and at 5'3" it gives a great view of the road. It's not the most stylish but very functional and it's not ugly... :) Mileage is very livable for an older model of this size. Myself and four teenage kids have no problem traveling with multiple power ports. I've had several types of vehicles and this crossover fits all of my current needs perfectly."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Good crossover for the money....sharp looking

By on Monday, April 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Good crossover for the money...rides nice...fair mileage...Eddie Bauer edition is sharp looking to the 30+ crowd (two tone) with well appointed bright metal accents. Huge cargo space compared to later model Suvs. Good durability. Only gripe is the rear glass/bumper is a dirt catcher due to aero dynamics of the pitched roof."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Saturday, April 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Spacious"

Cons: ""mouse fur" like material on the seating"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"One of the best company cars I've ever had so I purchased it. The day I picked it up new my neighbor backed into the drivers door which was unbelievable! The autobody shop did a terrible job and the white suede paint was difficult to match. Other than that I got a great deal from my company on the car at almost $10k off KBB value! I have the SEL AWD very roomy, confident and quiet ride, never any mechanical issues. I recently brought the car out of a 19 month storage and no problems other than a mouse building a nest in the air intake and gnawing on a few wires! My mechanic showed me the nest which contained the dead mouse!On that note the only complaint I would have on this vehicle is the "mouse fur" like material on the seating which is not very durable."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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