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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
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 107 Ratings for the 2008 - 2009 models.

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

Love this car

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Only in the last year have I had any problems. The engine light came on and had a new chip put in, but now I need cam phaser. Not sure if I will replace or trade. Overall, it has been a great vehicle. It drives and rides better than any vehicle I've owned. The 3rd row seating has really come in handy and convenient. The air and heating vents in the roof work great. I especially like the adjusting pedals, since I'm short it's easy to adjust for me."

Dependable SUV

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "All Positive. Great car/Suv."

Cons: "Typical Ford hood hold up rod."

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

"All I've replaced were Tires last year and a Battery two weeks ago. One minor electrical problem repaired under warrantly by dealer four years ago. Dealer serviced at proper intervals. Great SUV. Too bad they discontinued this model."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Nice responsive performance, comfortable

By on Sunday, May 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Responsive, comfortable"

Cons: "Startling poor quality rear seat engineering."

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

"We sought this vehicle out to replace an Explorer to take us plus products/displays to craft shows. Disappointing in that regard, it has a slightly shorter cargo deck and less useful capacity (albeit the same volume) than the Explorer. THE BIG STOPPER, however, is the unbelievably cheap rear bench seat cable control. The release cable is of smaller guage than required and stretches, eventually failing to release the seat back and preventing folding the seat down. At some point, the weak plastic lever which operates the seat release breaks off in your hand. The same device and problem is found in base/SEL and all but Limited models of the FLEX. And the cable cannot be replaced. One has to buy a new seat frame at a cost of $2,000.00. Astounding that a company as rich in good engineering talent as Ford would accept - let alone repeat over several years, such a truly "YUGO" class component. Ruins the car. We will sell it at the end of this season. Will probably go back to an older Explorer or a Tahoe."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

great all around car great visability

By on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "GREAT DRIVING, CAN SEE OUT ALL AROUND"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"This car needs to be brought back, very useful with all the cargo space, the all wheel drive ( a volvo system) is great, smooth trany, peppy engine. Up to 30mpg hiwy and 22 in town."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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