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2009 Ford Taurus X

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2009 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. In 2008, Ford returned the Taurus nameplate to their big wagon and along the way added a substantial list of significant upgrades, as well as earning a spot in Kelley Blue Book's list of Best New Family Vehicles. 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 2009 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 2009 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 2009

Ford's SOS Post-Crash Alert system is added to the Taurus X's list of standard safety equipment.

Driving the Taurus X

Driving Impressions Thanks to its rigid unit body, the 2009 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 3.5-liter 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.
Favorite Features

Ford SYNC
Developed in partnership with Microsoft, Ford's 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 arm loads of groceries or kids or both, particularly on a cold winter's night.

2009 Ford Taurus X Details
2009 Ford Taurus X photo Interior

With the exception of a somewhat cramped front passenger side foot well the Taurus X's strong suit continues to be its exceptional roominess. A one-touch flip-and-fold feature for the second row seats enhances third-row access, and numerous sound deadening measures make the interior near luxury-car quiet. The X seats six or seven, and six-passenger versions provide an access alley to the third row. That third-row, by the way, can comfortably fit two adults and still leave a useable measure of cargo space intact. A long list of optional features, including rear seat DVD entertainment, should keep the kids occupied for hours on end.

Exterior

Last year's Taurus X update included 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. The Taurus X's tall roof may be difficult to access for some, but the low step-in height makes entry and egress much easier than with a tall SUV. Returning for 2009, the Eddie Bauer trim adds two-tone paint, 18-inch wheels and wiper activated headlamps.

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 cup holders, and four 12-volt power points. Stability control, an option on the sedan, is standard on the X.

Optional Equipment

Notable options on the 2009 Ford Taurus X include navigation, DVD rear seat entertainment with two wireless headphones, power moonroof, perforated leather seat 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 2009 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: 17/24 (FWD), 15/22 (AWD)

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2009 Ford Taurus X Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 95 Ratings for the 2008 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Why did they stop making this?!

By on Thursday, April 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, fun to drive, spacious"

Cons: "limited parts"

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

"I love this car, everything about it. Great deal and best car I have ever owned. It has 3 rows of seating which is great for children and other passengers. It isn't wide like an SUV so with 3 car seats, the oldest child puts their booster seat in the way back. She prefers this anyway! My only regret of this car is it was made for a very short time. I accidently back into the side of the garage and knocked my mirror off. The parts for this vehicle are very hard to come by, unless you go to the dealer and pay an arm and a leg. It handles beautifully in snow and all other types of weather. The back up sensor is a great feature as well. Great car all around and I have had it for 2 years!"

My Taurus has been great! It has provided quality

By on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,984

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great in every way"

Cons: "Not as wide as a surburban for putting your handba"

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

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"My Taurus has been great! It has provided me w safe, dependable ride since the day I purchased it new. I highly recommend this car. It was even a hard decision to sell it. Great for a family or antique dealer or someone that needs transport space."

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LOVE THIS CAR!!!

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "EASY TO CAR POOL, COMFORTABLE FOR 6 + LUGGAGE"

Cons: "NO BACK SEAT ARMRESTS (KIDS FIGHT)"

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

"GREAT MPG FOR THE SIZE, THE KIDS SAY IT IS GREAT (9YEARS AND 11 YEARS) NEW TIRES MADE IT THROUGH THIS WICKED WINTER @ 400 AM TO WORK. NO MAJOR PROBLEMS AND A GREAT VALUE FOR ANY FAMILY. WISH WE GOT ONE WITH A DVD..."

Great car - not so great mileage

By on Friday, January 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliavle - Huge cargo space."

Cons: "Bad gas mileage."

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

"I wish they still made this car. 98,000 miles and nothing but normal maintenance. Great AWD, ABS. Lots of cargo space for a crossover - that's why I bought it. fold down third row seats are great. This is my first American car after years of imports. Ford has really stepped up the quality. And the comfort features that are standard or so much less than on a Honda or Toyota (which are all extras) make this a great value. But. I live in Minnesota. And like my Volvo (this car is basically a Volvo since Ford owned Volvo at the time and essentially built this out of Volvo parts) in temps below 20 degrees the car is sluggish and needs 2500 rpm just to go 5 - 10 mph. After it warms up it's fine. But that and the fact that after about 60,000 miles it no longer gets more than 15/22 mileage might make you think twice. Still, I'd get another one. Great car."

Great family car!

By on Sunday, January 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable, plenty of room, rides great,"

Cons: "terrible gas mileage :("

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"If this car got better gas mileage, it would be the best car ever. I have never had any problems with my Taurus X and it rides very smoothly, with plenty of room for the whole family. It has a nice design and it's a pleasant alternative to the "soccer mom" minivan."

powerful engine, chariot ride

By on Sunday, December 01, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,444

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfort, safety, reliable, seats 7"

Cons: "back seat needs easier adult access"

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

"Comfortable ride. Seats with lumbar support, safety with all around air bag protection. Powerful engine never leaves me wanting. 21 miles in city, 26 on the road."

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