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2009 Ford Taurus

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2009 Ford Taurus Review

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Not many domestics can go toe-to-toe with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but over the last two decades Ford's Taurus has consistently been a big sales generator hot on the heels of its overseas competition. The Taurus name took a brief hiatus in 2007, but was quickly returned to the lineup last year. For 2009, the Taurus continues to offer consumers a roomy and safe full-size sedan, set to do battle with the likes of Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Dodge Charger. With its fresh look and low entry-level price tag, the Taurus is better than it's ever been and worth a look for those seeking a sedan that can comfortably hold a family of five.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a large sedan that is similar in size to its competitors, including the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Dodge Charger, but are on a tight budget, the 2009 Ford Taurus comes with a standard V6 engine, available all-wheel drive and a very reasonable starting price. The optional SYNC feature is also worthy of consideration.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although the Taurus has similar features and a comparable powertrain to its competitors, its interior and exterior still cannot compare quality-wise with the other players in the segment. Also, the Taurus lacks a V8 engine option.

What's New for 2009

Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control is made standard, as are a few previously optional features. A new entry-level trim, the SE, is added to the lineup.

Driving the Taurus

Driving Impressions On the highway, the 2009 Ford Taurus is quick when onramp sprints and passing slower cars is necessary, although the economy-geared transmission does downshift a bit slow. Wind and road...

noise are at a minimum, even on the bumpiest roads, and the Taurus handles reasonably given its soft ride characteristics and big, bulky stature. Although smooth and comfortable, the Taurus still doesn't have a pillow-soft ride like the Toyota Camry or a refined look like the Chrysler 300, but at a cheaper starting price, it proves more than sufficient for those looking for a large family sedan with a lot of optional features to choose from.

SYNC In-car Communications System
Developed in conjunction with Microsoft, this state-of-the-art in-car hands-free cell phone and personal media player interface is remarkably functional and amazingly affordable at $395.

Rear Seat Entertainment System
This optional feature consists of an overhead DVD player with an eight-inch flip-down screen, two sets of wireless headphones and a remote control. The system also has audio/video jacks so you can plug in portable entertainment devices.

2009 Ford Taurus Details
2009 Ford Taurus photo Interior

Overall, the 2009 Ford Taurus has a roomy, comfortable interior that should cater to passengers and drivers of most, if not all, shapes and sizes. The interior is an extension of the exterior's clean and simple look. Everything from the generous use of wood accents to the available leather seating and contemporary analog clock exude bargain luxury. The seats are comfortable and sit high for better road view, but the front passenger side foot well feels narrow and somewhat cramped. The rear seat stomps the Accord and Camry for leg room and offers front seat-like comfort, and also split 60/40 split to make room for large cargo. To easily accommodate longer items, the front passenger seat also conveniently folds flat.

Exterior

Building on the "clean and modern" look of brandmates Fusion and Escape, the 2009 Taurus sports Ford's signature "three-bar" grille and has numerous touches of bling – thanks to bright chrome – on the side mirrors, projector beam headlamps and fog lamps. The rear fascia is revised with new brightwork tail lamps and seven new colors make up the exterior pallet. Rounding out the Taurus's stream-lined look are 17-inch or optional 18-inch wheels, available in bright aluminum or chrome.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2009 Ford Taurus SE comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, AdvanaceTrac electronic stability control, power steering, power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, six-way power driver's seat and two-way power passenger seat, remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and auxiliary input jack, 17-inch aluminum wheels and an anti-theft system. Safety features include dual front and seat-deployed side airbags, Safety Canopy side curtain airbags for both front and rear seats, the LATCH child seat system and Ford's new SOS Post Crash Alert system that, in the event the airbags deploy, unlocks the doors, sounds the horn and activates the emergency flashers.

Optional Equipment

Options for the Taurus include the Ford SYNC voice activated communications and entertainment system, an in-dash six-disc CD/MP3 Audiophile sound system, heated front leather seats, eight-way power driver's seat, 18-inch chrome wheels, cargo management system, power moonroof, voice-activated navigation system, power adjustable pedals, rear-seat entertainment system, reverse sensing system, remote engine start and a rear window sunshade.

Under the Hood

With an improvement in horsepower over the previous Five Hundred, the new 3.5-liter V6 scoots the Taurus easily onto freeways and allows it to pass slower cars. The six-speed automatic transmission is slow between shifts, but is better than the previously available CVT transmission. Those looking for the best fuel economy should stick to the two-wheel drive version, as bumping up to all-wheel drive sees a significant drop in highway mileage.

3.5-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
249 lb.-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 (FWD), 17/24 (AWD)

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2009 Ford Taurus Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 129 Ratings for the 2008 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

A great car, perfect 10 in every way and I had no

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

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: "price, ride, roomy interior, and 100% reliable,"

Cons: "wish it had heated seats but no big deal"

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

"A great car, perfect 10 in every way and I had no idea it would be as comfortable, reliable, and good in the snow as it is. Bought it off lease in '09 with 16,000 miles on it and now have nearly 100,000 mid '15 and NEVER had an issue. It had two tires replaced around 80k and it's about time for the other two so that goes to show if you're good to this car it is awfully easy to get along with. More stylish than it's given credit for and anew awesome interior and ride quality. Average of 22 mpg, but the ride is superior to a Honda or Toyota without a doubt and I bought this the same day I tested an Audi A6 and have 0 regret and plans to buy a newer one when the time comes but it's paid for (a lot easier to do than, say, that Audi) and why jump the gun if I'm still 100% satisfied!"

Impressed

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

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: "Very comfortable"

Cons: "Can't think of any cons."

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

"We were looking at the Ford Fusion when the sales person suggested we look at a Taurus that he had. Remembering the quality of earlier model of the Taurus I was rather reluctant, after a test drive I was impressed, I purchased it 4 yrs old with 62K miles on it, 3 yrs later and 34K miles later I have replaced the original equipment battery, the only expense I have had other than regular maintenance. 17-18 mpg city and 25-26 mpg highway consistently and as high as 29 mpg highway on flatland So Cal or Nevada highways with no head winds. With a 20.4 gal tank you have a 400+ mile range on trips so you can choose where to stop for fuel. Interior and exterior fit and finish is very good, trunk is large and with the rear seats down I have loaded 10' lengths of pvc pipe and 10' lengths of baseboard and I could still close the trunk lid."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

A great car for the money.

By on Sunday, March 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Outstanding interior, looks good, fun to drive."

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

"We have owned our Taurus Limited for 7 years. During that time we have driven it for more than 120000 miles, without any major repairs. It has an exceptional ride, good gas mileage (24 city, 28 highway) and is a pleasure to drive. We have taken it on many extended trips and find that we are able to emerge from the car after driving 10-12 hours and feel great, ready to continue our day."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent 4 door Sedan

By on Tuesday, February 03, 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
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "MPG great, fun to drive, comfortable, great handli"

Cons: "None that we could find, overall a ten!"

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

"Exceptinal ride, truly a super car for handling in bad weather. Gas mileage remains at a on even 30MPG. No major repairs. Leather seats, easy to maintain, huge trunk space with drop down capabilities, easy access to trunk. Comfortably seats 5 with excellent leg room for the tallest folks. Very responsive in handling,,with the feeling of a sports car. Very nice design body wise. You get the bang for your buck with this one, and retains it's value."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

as fine a car as I have ever driven

By on Sunday, December 14, 2014

I want this car

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have owned many cars over the past 60 years, from Caddies to Chevies,Fords , Dodges and Plymouths, this is as fine a driver and comfortable, trouble free auto as I have ever owned"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

A great car for traveling or for family.

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good gas mileage, room for luggage and other items"

Cons: "Has a blind spot that could be tricky."

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

"I have had this car for approximately seven years. During that time I have driven from upstate New York to California and back, plus to Colorado and back at least four times. Several times to Florida and back also. Never an issue. This car would hold four passengers and a load of luggage with no problem. My husband took three friends golfing. All four sets of clubs fit into the trunk. The mileage is good, the ride is very good and the seats are comfortable.It is easy to enter and exit, no ducking needed. The controls on the dash are user friendly, easy to identify, unlike some cars where you have to read the manual to turn on the heat. Actually, my sister has the exact same car, bought without my knowledge. She feels exactly the same about the ease and comfort of the car.The only things I have replaced are tires and brakes which would have to be done to any care with 128000 miles on it."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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