The 2009 Taurus X might be easy to overlook in the shadow of a name change and strong competition, but it truly has the makings of a great family vehicle. The original Ford Taurus debuted in 1986 as a midsize sedan, and has been almost continuously produced since that year. In 2008, Ford took the Taurus in a different direction. The name split into two categories: the Taurus, a sedan much like the Ford Five Hundred, and the Taurus X, a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) similar to the Ford Freestyle. The name change links this vehicle with the Taurus name, synonymous with reliability, comfort, and overall style.
Body styles: midsize crossover SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Ford Taurus X SEL, Ford Taurus X Eddie Bauer, Ford Taurus X Limited
Since the Ford Taurus X underwent massive revisions during the 2008 re-launch of the Ford Freestyle, the 2009 Taurus X model carries over from the previous year relatively unchanged.
The exterior of the 2009 Ford Taurus X keeps with the standard design of a midsize crossover SUV. It is built from the Ford D3 platform, which establishes a strong foundation. The body style of the Taurus X may be less flashy than some of its competitors, but it appeals to the buyer who wants the functionality of an SUV in a more classic, understated package. The design itself closely resembles the Ford Edge, a former sibling of the Taurus X. Specifics for the Taurus X features come from other Ford vehicles as well. The newly created corporate Ford grille, which features three thick horizontal bars made of chrome with a center-mounted blue Ford oval, provides a smooth front face for all 2009 models. The exterior designs of the SEL and Limited models remain similar, while the Eddie Bauer exterior provides an outer look more similar to the Ford Explorer.
The cabin of the Taurus X offers plenty of space, particularly for passengers in the first and second rows. Even the third row of the vehicle remains quite comfortable. Adults seated in the back can still enjoy adequate legroom and headroom, a rare trait in crossover SUVs. The optional button-activated flip-and-fold second row seats as well as the low step-in height make moving in and out of the third row simple. The dash and console have a moderate and conservative design similar to that of the exterior, but to make up for the slightly boring layout the interior provides plenty of cup holders and storage spaces. The quality of materials can be a bit spotty though. The leather upholstery offers a great option on the Limited model, but the cloth alternative of the SEL fails to impress.
Performance & Handling
All models of the 2009 Ford Taurus X contain a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which can produce 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission provides the only option for harnessing this engine’s power. Buyers of the Taurus X can choose between a front drive and an all-wheel-drive powertrain, though.
Safety features in the 2009 Taurus X cover all the necessary areas and add some extra features. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front seat side impact airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags with rollover sensors come standard. The SOS Post-Crash Alert System that honks the horn and turns on flashers after airbag deployment is also included with the Taurus X. In government crash testing the vehicle earns perfect five-star ratings in all areas for both front and side impacts.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Taurus X (front drive): 16/24 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus X (all-wheel drive): 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable ride
- Full three-row seating
- Great safety scores
You Won't Like
- Non-telescoping steering wheel
- Coarse-sounding V-6 at high speeds
Impressive functionality wrapped in a modest body.
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