The 2009 Ford Taurus hails from the fifth generation of this vehicle. With a complete redesign, the newer Taurus seems more like the discontinued Ford Five Hundred. A combination of safety features and a few cool interior toys make up for the rather middle-of-the road exterior design.
The category of mid to full-size cars is one of the most popular and most widely available in North America. These vehicles tend to offer an ideal combination of fuel economy and interior space to fit the average family. While they do not have enough room for larger groups on long trips or large amounts of luggage or equipment, they prove ideal for day-to-day driving. It has become quite common for a family to own a midsize or full-size car as at least one of its vehicles. Their popularity with the average driver, though, makes the field of mid- to full-size options vast. On the other hand, the Ford Taurus has always been one to stand out from the crowd.
The original Taurus debuted in 1986 and has remained in almost continuous production since that year.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Ford Taurus SE, Ford Taurus SEL, Ford Taurus Limited
Since the Ford Taurus underwent a massive makeover in 2008, the 2009 Taurus has a rather conservative set of new options. Stability control comes standard on all 2009 models, adding an extra safety feature to its already outstanding list. Also, a brand new model—the 2009 Taurus SE—joins the lineup. The newer SE provides a restricted design package that helps consumers on a strict budget keep costs as low as possible.
Although previous Taurus models resemble smooth, sweeping curves held up on wheels, the 2009 Taurus looks a bit simpler. The body style closely resembles the bold width and vivid three-bar grille of the Ford Five Hundred, which Ford discontinued before the release of this new Taurus design. Overall size for the 2009 Taurus has received a boost as well. The size upgrade moves the traditional midsize car solidly into the full-size category.
While the outer looks seem boring to some car enthusiasts, the interior can easily win over any detractor. Space, storage, and comfort combine to create a lovely 2009 Taurus cabin. Storage areas abound in the console space, while eight cup holders sit throughout the car. Both the front and the rear seats offer ample legroom. The overall free space is most likely linked to the elevated seating positions, a borrowed design from Ford’s crossover sport utility vehicles. The huge trunk of the car offers 21 cubic feet of space. In addition to the large base size of the trunk, the 60/40-split rear bench and the front passenger seat can fold back to accommodate items up to nine feet in length.
Performance & Handling
All models of the 2009 Ford Taurus contain a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which produces 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque. In terms of transmission, all 2009 Taurus vehicles have a mandatory six-speed automatic. Despite this restriction, buyers can choose between front drive and all-wheel drive for their car’s powertrain.
Safety is the name of the game for the Ford Taurus. Standard safety packages on all 2009 models include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, front side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Also, all 2009 Taurus vehicles now feature stability control as part of the standard safety elements. Government crash tests award the 2009 Ford Taurus a perfect five-star rating in all testing areas.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Taurus (front drive): 18/28 mpg city/highway
Ford Taurus (all-wheel drive): 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Ample interior space
- Great safety ratings
- Comfortable ride
You Won't Like
- Soft brake pedal
- No telescoping steering
- Husky V-6
A great buy for those who want an affordable family car.
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