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2008 Ford Taurus Review
An almost perfect family wagon.
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When safety, good looks, and a substantial powertrain top your priorities, kconsider the 2008 Ford Taurus X. This wagon has gained a great deal of attention thanks to its incredibly sound safety features and reliable powertrain. While the Taurus X doesn’t aim to be a powerhouse by any means, it makes a good, solid choice for families and people looking for a comfortable vehicle for their daily needs.
With several trim levels and choices available, the 2008 Ford Taurus X wagon has plenty of options to keep even the most discriminating and demanding car shopper happy. Under the hood, this wagon offers sufficient power for its needs and the performance isn’t bad either. Most reviewers find the Taurus X easy to drive and more than comfortable with little vibration or outside bumps felt in the cabin.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: X SEL FWD, X SEL AWD, X Eddie Bauer FWD, X Eddie Bauer AWD, X Limited FWD, X Limited AWD
Until the 2008 model year, the Taurus X used the Freestyle nomenclature. For its name change, Ford adds chrome face accents and several other new features. The 2008 Ford Taurus X features a new V-6 engine with more horsepower than the old Freestyle. The taller body style gives the driver and passengers more legroom and headroom as well.
In many ways, the 2008 Ford Taurus X takes drivers back to a simpler time with its traditional wagon looks. People who remember those earlier vehicles fondly may be attracted to this wagon, but it still has a modern look with its mid-class appearance. The single color exterior appears classic and dignified, while the chrome grille face gives it a nice touch.
The one thing that can be said for the 2008 Ford Taurus X interior is that it functions well. Ford doesn’t go all-out on the cabin design or quality with this car. Plastic, faux wood accents don’t wow the masses. The interior panel fits well and the overall design looks attractive and functional. Some reviewers seem less than delighted with the cloth upholstery on the lower trim levels and feel the material could have been more comfortable and of a better quality.
Performance & Handling
Remember that the Ford Taurus X does not intend to be a sports car, but even with that consideration, the 2008 model has something going for it in terms of performance and power. The car’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine proves more than adequate for everyday driving. The Taurus X offers plenty of acceleration ability and handles very well in city and highway driving. Passing acceleration remains sufficient as well, and most drivers feel the car does the function with a minimum of fuss.
While the transmission hasn’t gotten rave reviews from all of the industry experts, the six-speed standard system seems to get the job done. Drivers can expect a smooth, comfortable, and worry-free ride, which makes sense considering the wagon was designed with families in mind.
One of the most notable features of the 2008 Ford Taurus X wagon concerns its safety features. This remains one of the safest vehicles made. It comes equipped with front and side-impact airbags for the front seat. The rest of the seats get protection from side curtain airbags. This car also comes equipped with an electronic stabilizing system to help prevent rollovers. Additionally, all models use anti-lock brakes.
The only drawback in regards to safety on the 2008 Ford Taurus X concerns rear visibility. The roof post blocks some of the driver’s vision. With that said, the car still ranks extremely high on industry safety tests and evaluations.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good safety features
- Comfortable seating
- Good powertrain
You Won't Like
- Rather bland styling inside and out
- No sporty features
An almost perfect family wagon.
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