Best Bet
  • (4.8) 12 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,799$10,639
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 20-23
  • Engine: 263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD
2009 Ford Taurus

Our Take on the 2009 Ford Taurus

Our Take

Ford chose to resurrect the bygone Taurus nameplate in 2008. The Taurus is available in base SE, SEL and Limited trim levels. The SEL and Limited both can be had with all-wheel drive. The Taurus competes with the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon.The Taurus now comes standard with electronic sta... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Dated cabin design
  • Mushy brakes
  • Some cheap interior details
  • Narrow front seats
  • Same stodgy profile
  • Folding backseat execution

Notable Features

  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Six airbags standard
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • New safety features

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in October 2007 about the 2008 Ford Taurus. This year, Ford made the Taurus' electronic stability system standard, which enhances its safety appeal significantly. To see what else is new for 2009, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.Even if you've never owned a Taurus, you probably know someone... Read full review for the 2009 Ford Taurus

Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 12 reviews

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A very good value

by Sig the Taurus Guy from Saint Louis, Missouri on November 21, 2011

We bought a new 2010 which we love and I needed a second car a year later and found my 2009. It is not as flashy as the newer Taurus but has all the practicality at a lower price. I have owned three o... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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Our 2009 Ford Taurus trim comparison will help you decide.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford Taurus Limited

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford Taurus Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Taurus Limited

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Taurus Limited

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs on your 2009 Ford Taurus

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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