Thursday, October 2, 2008

2009 Ford Taurus X Review

2009 Ford Taurus X

In a time when an upscale trim level means flashy gadgetry and glossy chrome, Ford has opted to take its cues from the past and give the Ford Taurus X a trim that is both elegant and practical. The Eddie Bauer Edition of the 2009 Ford Taurus X stands out from the crowd with a sophisticated two-tone paintjob, 18-inch aluminum wheels, leather-trimmed seating, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Most of these additions, other than the paintjob, can be added singly to the two other trims as well. But even for these high-end features, the Taurus X ends up being a bit underwhelming in terms of overall design. The profile seems to revert back to the past, rather than move forward in style. This four-door seven-passenger SUV resembles a wagon more than sport utility. Also, the lackluster exterior on the base model blends in with every other standard SUV on the market. There have been recent rumors that the Taurus X is on its final days, and it would be no wonder with this mediocre model.

Under the hood, buyers can expect a 263 horsepower 3.5L Duratec V6. As this is the only engine option, some consumers might turn to models with a wider selection. Also, only available is a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. However, buyers can customize the model with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. But, expect a noticeable price to be attached to the AWD addition. Because of the moderate engine choice, buyers will get improved fuel economy with 17 city MPG and 24 highway MPG (FWD models only) and 15 city MPG and 22 highway MPG (AWD models only). Nevertheless, the Taurus X simply cannot compete with the fuel efficiency of the hybrid vehicles on the market. There has been talk of the Ford Taurus X being fitted with hybrid technology, but with the gossip of a possible discontinuation it doesn't seem likely.

Inside, the Ford Taurus X is stocked with a number of useful features like command seating, an MP3 audio input jack, four 12-volt power outlets, power windows, locks and mirrors, and grocery bag hooks in the rear cargo area. The MP3 input jack allows drivers to sync their music player with the Taurus X's audio system, while the grocery bag hooks prevent sacks from spilling over while in transit. Command seating is a particularly valuable addition to the Taurus X in that it seats the driver and passenger at a higher level than in most SUVs, allowing for unobstructed views of the road.

Overall, the 2009 Ford Taurus X has some advantageous additions, but the general package is a bit unimpressive. Buyers looking for an introduction into the SUV market will find that the Taurus X certainly has the basics, but those that want the extra premium features will need to take a look at other SUVs. But, with a base price of $27,575, the Ford Taurus X could prove to be a big seller for those on a budget.

Source: carseek

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