2008 Ford Taurus

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What Changed for 2008:
  • Taurus replaces Five Hundred 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 stability control system

  • Optional Sync technology

  • Optional DVD entertainment system

  • Quieter interior

  • Retuned suspension
Ford returns the Taurus nameplate to its lineup, retiring the Five Hundred badge while simultaneously upgrading its full-size family sedan. Once the best-selling car in America, the Taurus lost its sales momentum during the last decade, and went out of production at the end of 2006. The new 2008 Taurus is a reworked version of the Five Hundred sedan that debuted for 2005. Ford claims that the Taurus has the most spacious interior of any large sedan with best-in-class front leg room and the capability of carrying items up to nine feet long thanks to a folding front passenger's seat and a 21.2-cubic-foot trunk.

Model Lineup
Consumers can choose a 2008 Ford Taurus SEL or a Taurus Limited with front- or all-wheel drive. Standard features on the Taurus SEL include a trip computer; auto-dimming rearview mirror; MP3 player jack; cruise control; fog lights; and 17-inch wheels. Key options for the Taurus SEL include leather upholstery, 18-inch chrome wheels, premium audio system, automatic climate control, power sunroof, and a power driver's seat. The SEL can also be optioned with a variety of safety, security, and entertainment features such as stability control, reverse sensing system, voice-activated navigation system, Sirius satellite radio, and a DVD movie player.

The Taurus Limited adds leather upholstery, automatic climate control, premium audio system, 18-inch wheels, and memory features for front seats and side mirrors. Options for the Limited include chrome wheels, power sunroof, navigation system, DVD entertainment system, and Sirius satellite radio. The Limited can also be equipped with a reverse sensing system, stability control, and a package of items including power adjustable pedals with memory feature.

A new 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 263 hp and 249 lb.-ft. of torque represents a 30 percent increase in power according to Ford. Ford also says that this is the first V-6 engine to be classified as a PZEV (partial zero-emission vehicle) by the EPA. Fuel economy is estimated at 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, and 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway with AWD. The engine transfers power through a new 6-speed automatic transmission and Ford provides a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and roadside assistance program. Anti-lock brakes are standard, while stability control is optional. The 4-wheel independent suspension has been re-tuned for what Ford hopes is a better ride quality.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Ford Taurus receives 5-star ratings for all occupants in frontal and side-impact crash tests. Dual front air bags, seat-mounted front side air bags, and side curtain air bags for both rows come standard on every Taurus. Traction control and ABS are also standard, while stability control is an option. Other safety features of the 2008 Ford Taurus include standard power adjustable pedals and an optional reverse sensing system.

A feature normally reserved for vans and SUVs, but becoming increasingly popular in the family sedan category, the 2008 Ford Taurus features an optional DVD entertainment system. The optional navigation system is voice- or touch-activated, and Ford offers Sirius satellite radio on the Taurus. Available Sync, a new technology co-developed with Microsoft, allows the driver to integrate mobile phones and digital media players with the car and operate them using voice commands. For those traveling with an iPod, the dealer can equip the Taurus with TripTunes Advanced, which lets the driver scroll music menus and charge an iPod while under way. Remote engine starting is also offered through Ford dealerships.

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  • Name SEL (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23635.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
  • Name SEL (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25485.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name Limited (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27620.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
  • Name Limited (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 29470.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Front cloth bucket seats-inc: 6-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar adjust, fold-flat 2-way pwr passenger seat
  • Cloth 60/40 split fold-flat rear seat w/fixed head restraints
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt steering column
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio/cruise controls
  • Woodgrain trim-inc: center stack, instrument panel, center console
  • Instrument panel storage bin
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, warning lights for lamp outage, low oil pressure, oil change, door ajar, low coolant, fuel cap, low washer fluid
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Message center/trip computer w/compass
  • Pwr windows w/driver one-touch up/down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry-inc: (2) fobs
  • Pwr remote trunk release
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Delayed accessory pwr
  • Cruise control w/steering wheel controls
  • Rear window defroster
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: clock
  • Auxiliary audio input jack
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear A/C ducts
  • Lockable glove box w/damped door
  • Center vinyl-wrapped console w/stitching-inc: armrest, (2) cupholders, storage
  • (3) auxiliary 12V pwr points
  • Rear seat armrest-inc: (2) cupholders
  • Front seatback map pockets
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Overhead console-inc: dome light, maplight, sunglass holder
  • Sliding sunvisors w/illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • (3) front/rear grab handles
  • Illuminated entry
  • Rear seat reading lights
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • (2) coat hooks
  • Grocery bag hooks in trunk
  • Front heated leather bucket seats w/manual lumbar-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat w/memory, 4-way pwr passenger seat
  • Leather 60/40 split fold-flat rear seat w/adjustable head restraints
  • Woodgrain trim-inc: center stack, instrument panel, center console, door trim
  • Clamshell center dashboard storage
  • Outside temperature display
  • Perimeter anti-theft alarm
  • Audiophile AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD changer/MP3 player-inc: clock, subwoofer
  • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system-inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel controls, USB port, audio input jack
  • Dual zone air conditioning w/automatic temp control
  • Analog clock
  • Rear seat armrest-inc: (2) cupholders, storage
  • Chrome front & rear fascias
  • Chrome window surround
  • Body-color door handles
  • Tri-bar chrome grille w/chrome surround
  • Keyless entry keypad
  • Fog lamps w/chrome bezels
  • Body-color folding pwr mirrors
  • Solar tinted glass
  • Fixed interval intermittent windshield wipers
  • Chrome-accent license plate molding
  • Automatic wiper-activated headlamps w/on-off delay
  • Perimeter lighting
  • Chrome-accent door handles
  • Chrome-accent folding heated pwr mirrors-inc: memory, puddle lamps
  • 3.5L DOHC SMPI 24-valve V6 Duratec engine
  • Engine block heater *STD on retail vehicles only in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY. Optional on fleet vehicles*
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery saver
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/L-shaped lower control arms
  • Independent coil over shock rear suspension w/hydro-formed lower control arms
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • P215/60R17 BSW tires
  • 17" 8-spoke aluminum wheels w/bright machined finish & painted pockets
  • Mini spare tire
  • Pwr steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes w/vented front discs
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • All wheel drive
  • P225/55R18 BSW tires
  • 18" 8-spoke aluminum wheels w/bright machined finish
    • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
    • Personal safety system-inc: seat belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors, driver seat position sensing, crash severity sensing
    • Dual stage front air bags w/front passenger sensing system
    • Front side-impact air bags
    • 2-row Safety Canopy w/rollover sensor
    • Belt-Minder for driver/front passenger safety belts
    • LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system on rear outboard seat locations
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Traction control
    • SPACE side protection and cabin enhancement system
    • Dual note horn

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