2008 Ford Taurus X

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$27,030-$32,600
$24,942-$29,955
15 CITY / 23 HWY
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Overview

What Changed for 2008:
  • Taurus X replaces Freestyle in Ford lineup

  • New 3.5-liter V-6 engine with PZEV emission rating

  • New all-wheel-drive (AWD) system

  • New transmission

  • New styling inside and out

  • Optional Sync technology

  • Quieter interior

  • Available power rear liftgate

  • New Eddie Bauer model
Overview
Ford reworks its 7-passenger crossover SUV for 2008, and changes the name from Freestyle to Taurus X. The Taurus X gets a restyled exterior and a new powertrain. Front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD) are offered. Standard seating is for 7, but available second-row captain's chairs reduce seating capacity to 6 while adding a walkthrough to the third row. The second- and third-row seats fold down to open up 85.2 cubic feet of cargo room. With the available folding front passenger seat, Taurus X is capable of carrying items up to 9 feet long. Ford says it has made several changes to the interior to make it quieter.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Ford Taurus X is offered in SEL, Eddie Bauer and Limited trim levels, all with FWD or AWD. Standard features on the SEL include a trip computer; auto-dimming rear-view mirror; AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input jack; cruise control; fog lights; fold-flat passenger seat; second-row bucket seats; third-row stowable bench seat; keypad entry; conversation mirror; theft-deterrent system; roof rack; and 17-inch alloy wheels. Eddie Bauer models add dual-zone automatic climate control; leather upholstery; 8-way power driver seat; 4-way power passenger seat; power-adjustable pedals; second-row adjustable bucket seats; second-row center console; third-row stowable split seat; AM/FM radio with 6-disc CD/MP3 changer; outside-temperature indicator; automatic headlights; and 18-inch alloy wheels. Limited models have rear-obstacle detection; heated front seats; driver's memory system; and an upgraded sound system. Available options include heated power-folding second-row seats; power liftgate; sunroof; navigation system; rear air conditioning; Sirius satellite radio; remote engine starting; rear DVD entertainment; and Ford Sync.

Powertrain
A new 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 263 hp and 249 lb.-ft. of torque replaces the Freestyle's 3.0-liter, 203-hp V-6 engine. Ford says this is the first V-6 engine to be rated PZEV (partial zero-emission vehicle) by the EPA. Fuel economy is estimated at 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway with FWD, and 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway with AWD. The transmission also changes from a continuously variable automatic to a 6-speed automatic. Ford provides a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and roadside assistance program for Taurus X owners.

Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ford Taurus X receives 5-star ratings for all occupants in frontal and side-impact crash tests, and a 4-star rollover resistance rating. Every Taurus X has dual front air bags, seat-mounted front side air bags, and side curtain air bags that cover all three seating rows and have rollover deployment. ABS, traction control and stability control are also standard. A reverse obstacle-sensing system is optional.

Technology
Ford Sync, available on the 2008 Ford Taurus X, was co-developed with Microsoft. This system allows the driver to integrate mobile phones and digital media players with the car and operate them using voice commands or dashboard controls. The system charges an iPod when it is plugged in and recognizes a cell phone's phonebook. It can play incoming text messages through the speakers, and allows the driver to respond with one of 15 predetermined replies without taking hands off the steering wheel. The navigation system is DVD-based and can be controlled with voice commands. A DVD rear entertainment system is offered.
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