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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 122 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

best family car ever

By on Thursday, September 04, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: wanted all wheel drive version

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "pleasure to drive"

Cons: "Traction on ice could be better"

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

"Was extremely comfortable and reliable, handled very well and got good fuel economy (28.5 highway) for a car of its size."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Spacious, Roomy, almost perfect

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Roomy, quiet, comfort, good driving position."

Cons: "A few glitches, premature rust."

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

"Fantastic driving, with lots of room and great visibility. Mechanically the engine and drivetrain are a dream, and with 144k miles, only regular maintenance needed. Super quiet interior, and for long haul travel is a very comfortable vehicle. Some issues encountered: - Drivers heated seat failed at around 50,000 miles. - A/C 'air door' behind the dashboard has some cheap plastic worm gears that failed. Makes an annoying ticking sound when calling for change in heat/cool. - Drivers side rear wheel well has premature rust-through. Local dealership says 'tough luck, out of warranty'. In checking with a local body shop, he said he's seen several with same issue. All that said, I love this car."

Best vehicle ever!

By on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,248

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: "Will sell for $14,000 cash. White car!"

Cons: "No cons! I love the car!"

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

"This car is in mint condition. I am the only owner and I have a clear title to sign over at the sale."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Nice car

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Smooth ride"

Cons: "Awkward climate control and CD player"

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

"Rides like a dream on the highway. Very comfortable and spacious. Climate controls are awkward. 6 disk CD player is hard to use. I bought it for it's very comfortable seats and smooth ride which I love."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

One of best cars I ever owned.

By on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,400

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "od"

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

"Very comfortable and quiet (even with 80K miles) Feels very safe when you are driving or riding in it. Gas mileage good for its size."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great value for a reliable, spacious vehicle.

By on Sunday, May 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price / Quality / Quiet Ride / Cabin Space"

Cons: "Exterior is meh"

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

"I got this car from a former Farmer's Insurance employee (they used these as company cars) at around 55,000 miles. I'm at 90,000 miles now and haven't had any problems. The original battery is still in this thing. I had to change out the rear breaks, as they were grinding -- but other than that I haven't touched a thing. Very smooth ride, extremely spacious, and very safe. Considering what I paid for this, I recommend this car to anyone who wants a high quality vehicle w/o the high price."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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