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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.

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
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 111 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

good wagon/SUV

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,400

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Bought used in 2010.Owned this TaurusX six years. Put 60K on it. This is a solid vehicle. It has served my family just fine. Love the cargo space and versatility of third row. Very good engine. Good ride and handling. I will however offer some negatives. After about four years the paint bubbled and chipped on the lip of the hood. I heard that this was not uncommon for this model and year. That should not happen on cars today. After 6 years AC is unreliable. Ford cannot find the problem apparently. Had two occasions of water invading the interior. Heated seat stopped working; once under warranty and once out of warranty and way too expensive to fix out of warranty. All to say, some issues here but solid vehicle otherwise."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I love the car even with 140K miles.Looke new!

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Pleasure to own this car. Cannot beat FORD"

Cons: "Clothes hanger is only complaint"

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

"This car has been awesome and will keep for a while. Have had only one repair over $100 in all the years owned. Looking at it people think it is a new car at 7 years old. I have towed a sail boat from NC to MS and back with no issues.Replaced driver side tie rod ($50) recently and can drive without even moving steering wheel on a straight away. Awesome, why Ford discontinued don't understand. If you can find one in nice condition Buy it! Also, at 140,000 miles go oil change to oil change without having to add oil. :-)"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I have been pleased with my Taurus X

By on Thursday, October 1, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 159,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "room"

Cons: "gas mileage"

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

"When I traded down for this car I had never heard of them but have very well surprised with how well it has held up and been trouble free. The only thing I have done to it ,aside from normal upkeep, is I had the fuel injectors cleaned hoping to increase gas mileage."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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."

12 people out of 20 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."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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