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Ford Taurus X

The short-lived Ford Taurus X was an oddity, but hidden gem in the Ford fleet, that was produced between 2005 and 2009.

Originally introduced as the Ford Freestyle in 2005, this midsize crossover SUV was renamed the Taurus X in 2008. This vehicle was actually classified as a five-door station wagon and replaced the Taurus station wagon. It was sold throughout the U.S., Canada, South Korea, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories before being discontinued in 2009.

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Ford Taurus X Origins

The Ford Freestyle and Taurus X was known for its crossover styling that offered the best of SUV and station wagon mechanics. The Freestyle was one the first vehicles, along with the Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, and the Ford Escape Hybrid, to offer the continuously variable transmissions (CVT), which changes rotating speeds depending on the speed of the vehicle. It allows for optimum fuel efficiency no matter the RPM. However, only all-wheel drive models fully utilized the CVT. Consumers bought the all-wheel drive in droves.

The Freestyle was nominated for North American Truck of the year, likely because of the positive reviews for performance, handling, and quality materials.

The Taurus X was released with little fanfare, although it was a highly competent rival to the other crossovers on the market. It had a large seating capacity, extra cargo room to boot and handled itself on the road. Unfortunately, it was only produced for two years.

The Taurus X didn’t sell very well in the two years of its production. Ford moved only 23,112 units of the Taurus X in 2008 and only 6106 units in 2009. Poor sales and the release of the Ford Explorer led to this fine vehicle’s demise.

Ford Taurus X Evolution

The Ford Freestyle, the predecessor of the Ford Taurus X was introduced as a concept car at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show. The Ford Freestyle ran from 2005 to 2007. It was equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 rated for an output of 205 horsepower and 207 ft-lb of torque.

The Freestyle was offered in three different trim packages including the SE, SEL and the Limited. The SE was offered for the 2006 model year. It was a very basic vehicle which had keyless entry, AM/FM radio with a CD/MP3 player, and all the normal amenities.

The SEL was offered between 2005 and 2007. It had the same features as the SE but a few upgraded trim packages, which made it a lot more popular than the base model. Included in the SEL were leather trimmed seats, rear DVD, six disc CD/MP3 and special Audiophile speakers to improve sound. A second row captain’s chair option was also available with a third row bench.

The Limited version was the SEL version but with upgraded leather seating, extra speakers and a special paint job.

About the Ford Taurus X

The Taurus X version of the vehicle was introduced in 2007 at the Chicago Auto Show and was released for the 2008 model year. The Taurus X name was introduced since Ford CEO Alan Mulally found the F-names for the Ford cars too forgettable.

The Taurus X received a new grill with the Ford blue oval melding in the middle. An Eddie Bauer trim-line was made available for the exterior. The X used the Ford D3 platform and the new six-speed VF automatic, controlling the 3.5-liter engine. The horsepower was increased to 263 horsepower. This gave the Taurus X some added power and made it a real contender in the SUV crossover market.

The Ford Taurus C was available in three different trim styles: the SEL, the Eddie Bauer Edition, and the Limited.

The base SEL model was well equipped with cloth power seats, Sync, and alloy wheels paired with the new high performance engine.

The Eddie Bauer edition had special leather seating, which were two-toned, like the other Ford models bearing the Eddie Bauer badge. This special edition also had a special Pueblo Gold Metallic paint job. This edition was only offered in the 2008 model year.

The Limited model was the top-of-the-line model for the Ford Taurus X. It added to the Eddie Bauer edition chrome-alloy wheels, 18-inch tires and wheels. The seats were higher giving the driver a commanding view of the road.

Although it was somewhat glossed over by the car media and consumers, the Ford Taurus X was one of the best crossover SUV vehicles on the market at the time of its release. Well-maintained used vehicles should run several years without any problems.

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2009 Ford Taurus X

SUV, Utility/Offroad

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.

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