2008 Ford Taurus consumer reviews

$23,635–$25,485 MSRP range
side view of 2008 Taurus Ford
94% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.8
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Taurus SEL FWD

The car now has 3,000 miles on the odometer. Fuel economy for November 2008 was 22.6 mpg actual (1,689 miles and 74.7 gallons gasoline). The car's fuel economy computer reported 23.5 mpg. The car is very comfortable and quiet. I can drive for hours without feeling fatigued. The car's traction control system is excellent, preventing wheelspin on both smooth,wet pavement and smooth, dry pavement. Zero to sixty mph came in at 7.1 seconds compared to the 6.8 seconds reported in published test articles. The ABS system is also excellent, providing controlled, steerable stops on smooth, wet pavement and smooth, dry pavement. Considerable pressure must be exerted on the brake pedal to engage the ABS on smooth, dry concrete pavement. I had to install a small convex spot mirror to the outside rearview mirror, driver's side, to eliminate the blind area behind the driver's left shoulder. The car has not developed any squeaks or rattles and has required no repairs of adjustments.


Taurus SEL FWD

I purchased the car new. I now have 1,000 miles on the car. Fuel economy is 24.0 mpg with 70% highway and 30% city driving. The ride is quiet and controlled on all types of road surfaces from interstate to improved gravel. Interior comfort is also excellent. Handling is acceptable, not sporty, but good for a large non-performance sedan. The engine and transmission combination provide very good acceleration and engine braking when needed. The transmission gear selector has only two forward positions, "Drive and Low". The inability to select specific transmission gears for specific driving conditions is a handicap when attempting to maximize vehicle handling performance. To date there have been no warranty concerns.


Very Happy Customer

Bought the car and took a 2500 mile trip with excellent results in regards to fuel used! Averaged 32.4 on the Interstate. 28.6 overall. Very happy with this vehicle and wouldn't trade it for any thing else . . .


The Best Family Car for 4

This is the nicest Taurus ever, my Dad has a 1997 wagon and i thought that was nice, now i have the 2008 and the 2005. The Cars is Huge! I can fit 3 adults in the back seat and 2 sute cases in the trunk. The interior is great! Everyone should test drive it . Its like a Cadillac but for less money and better realiability " Have you drivin a Ford Lately?"


Much improved model

I bought the Taurus about 3 months ago and have no complaints what so ever, made several highway trip and get about 29-30 MPG, great highway car.


Grand Slam!

as you probably know Ford is trying to make a come back in sales. I think they will pass everyone with this Taurus! this car is comfortable ROOMY!! the back seat space is GINORMOUS! the trunk is HUGE and there is plenty of engine power i wish they would have up dated the cabin though (its still simple yet elegent and pretty) the controls are simple (very Ford like) the kids never complain on car trips now our old accord was a bit tight (2004) the DVD is a nice feature as well. we decided not to buy the taurus X because we saw a picture of the 2009 Ford Flex so were waiting for that to come out, then will get a crossover but for now the taurus is all i need this car really deserves a look at the exterior is nice to me and my family but i understand i could be puzzling to people you will end up loving this car though oh and the 6 speed auto SMOOTH AS A BABYS BOTTOM! (have you driven a foooord lately? old phrase)


A closely guarded secret

Had driven a 500 for 6 months as a work vehicle so when the Taurus came out, I rented one to compare the two. This car is a major improvement over the 500. The power issue of the 500 is now resolved. It had good pickup-and-go power and windnoise was virtually non existent. Handling was good especially on the highway. Ford needs to run a test drive clinic so people can drive this car and not judge it solely by its exterior. This is an excellent car for the money.