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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
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 134 Ratings for the 2008 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

We realy like this car, it is a good driving car.

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

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

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"My wife likes to drive this car, that is why I still have it. Visibility is great, you can see out the back when backing up, and it handles great in traffic. I guess that is why we are slow in getting a newer one. Thank you"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

LOVE THIS CAR!!!

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very sharp looking car! I always get compliments!"

Cons: "NONE!"

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

"This is the best car I have ever driven. My husband is over 6' tall and it fits him, even in the back seat! I'm only 5'1" and it fits me just as well. I love the options such as the memory seats that remember the settings for both of us. Lots of get up and go. I've had my car for 5 years and only have had to replace brakes and regular oil changes. Great gas mileage for a car this size. Huge trunk and plenty of leg room for all!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good looking,safe and reliable"

Cons: "Gas mileage not great"

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

Ford Taurus with precious cargo

"This car has great visibility from the drivers seat.Very comfortable and safe with curtain air bags.Good performance and unstoppable in all weather with the all wheel drive."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Ford Taurus with precious cargo

This Taurus is well made and stylish...

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,600

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "size, speed, comfort, style..."

Cons: "lousy gas mileage....14 city/ 22 road"

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

"This body style Taurus is not only nice looking and comfortable, but it has plenty of room in the cabin and trunk!! As a big guy, it's fits well and is roomier than one would think. Mine is sage green and has a modern looking front on it even though it is 7 years old. Love the front grill, the fog lights, the Mercedes style rear lights, the trunk size, and the speed. It has the 24 valve DOHC DuraTec engine which has 263 horsepower. Love to sit at a light and have some loser behind me think I'm a slowpoke. When I leave him in the dust, I get some real satisfaction!!!!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great value, Great car

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Spacious interior/trunk, FWD Does great in snow"

Cons: "Gas (18 city, 23 hwy), Manual headlights, Parking"

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

"I purchased this car about 6 months ago for $9000 with 53k miles. So far it is great. It did better than expected in the snow (great traction, did not slide, went up hills/bridges with ease) this was important to me. Being somewhat tall (6' 2") I was looking for a vehicle that was spacious and had high ceilings. The Taurus gives me plenty of room between my head and the ceiling (8+ inches), the drivers seat is also higher off the ground than other cars I have driven. Both of these aspects are comparable to a small suv/crossover. The back seats are very spacious and are comparable to a Lincoln town car. There are only a few negative aspects to this vehicle. The headlights are not automatic (they stay on when the car is turned off) and you need to turn a switch every time you turn them on/off. My previous car had automatic lights so this took some getting used to but is not a big issue. Another negative is gas mileage. Other reviews have said they get up to 28 mpg, but I disagree. I drive about 60% of the time on the freeway and 40% city. Typically I get about 18-21 mpg on average, and never more than 23 or 24 mpg when I am driving solely freeway. Lastly, the Taurus is a full size sedan with a somewhat wide turn radius. A lot of the time while parking in a spot I need to back up and straighten up. Parallel parking is also much tougher if you are used to a smaller car. Overall great purchase and would definitely recommend to buy."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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
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: "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!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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