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.
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 moonroof
- Optional power liftgate
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 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)