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By Cars.com Staff
September 5, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Taurus X is a seven-passenger crossover that resembles a station wagon. Like the related Taurus sedan, the Taurus X has midsize dimensions that approach full-size. It comes in base SEL, midrange Eddie Bauer and top-level Limited trims. The Taurus X competes with the Dodge Journey, Subaru Tribeca and Mazda CX-9.
New for 2009 The Taurus X gets two new safety features: SOS-Post Crash Alert and Emergency Brake Assist. The SOS-Post Crash Alert unlocks the vehicle doors and activates the horn and hazard lights when the crossover's airbags are deployed. Emergency Brake Assist provides extra braking force during panic braking.
Exterior The Taurus X sports a three-bar chrome grille, similar to the Edge. The bumper integrates a broad air dam and fog lamps with metallic surroundings. In back, the Taurus X's clear taillights mimic those on the Fusion. At 200.3 inches long and 74.9 inches wide, the Taurus X is the longest of the group.
Available 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels
Standard fog lamps and roof rack
Standard keypad/remote keyless entry
Standard power heated mirrors
Optional power liftgate
Interior A variety of seating configurations can accommodate up to seven people. The optional second-row captain's chairs recline, fold-down and flip forward with a single lever to provide access to the third row — which is tight at best. The Taurus X has an accommodating 146 cubic feet of passenger space, making it the largest of the group. Behind the third row is 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space; flipping that row down expands the space to 47 cubic feet, which is just a little less than the CX-9.
Available cloth, two-tone leather and perforated leather seating surfaces
Standard power windows and locks
Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio/speed controls
Optional dual-zone automatic climate control (standard on Eddie Bauer and Limited)
Optional Ford Sync (standard on Eddie Bauer and Limited)
Optional navigation system (Eddie Bauer and Limited)
Under the Hood There's one engine for the Taurus X, and it teams with one transmission.
Standard 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with 249 pounds-feet of torque
Standard six-speed automatic transmission
Standard front-wheel drive
Available all-wheel drive
Safety Safety features include:
Standard side-impact airbags
Standard side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
Standard electronic stability control
Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes with emergency brake assist
Standard SOS-Post Crash Alert system
Optional reverse sensing sonar (standard on Limited)