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2008 Ford Taurus X
2008 Ford Taurus X
Available Price Range $3,064-$11,512 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 18-20 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 Ford Taurus X

Our Take

For 2008, Ford has dumped several of its slow-selling monikers, hoping fresh faces and new (old) names will revive sales. The Five Hundred sedan and its Mercury Montego twin become the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable, respectively, while the Freestyle wagon becomes the Taurus X. Although the names ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Third-row room
  • Some cheap materials
  • Rear visibility
  • Forgettable name

Notable Features

  • Renamed Ford Freestyle
  • Seats up to seven
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • More-powerful engine
  • Wagon body style


Our Expert Reviews

Credit Alan Mulally, who became president of Ford a little more than a year ago, and asked why the mid-size Taurus sedan had been renamed Five Hundred.Taurus, he reminded, was a well-known nameplate that at one time outsold every passenger car -- evenToyota Camry and Honda Accord.After picking himself up off the floor when told Five Hundred gave Ford a name starting with "F," Mulally revived Ta... Read full review for the 2008 Ford Taurus X

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Outstanding Vehicle

by Pop from Atlanta, GA on February 9, 2011

Bought a 2008 SEL model used for a very fair price, although I found these are hard to come by as they are very popular. I find the X to be one of the best I've owned and I've onwed them all. Extremel... Read Full Review


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Warranties Explained


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.


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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