As a nod towards Vito’s Ford Taurus obsession (hey, I’m not judging you man, to each his own), today we’re breaking down the 2008 Ford Taurus X – the mid-size, middle class, mediocre family sedan that just. Will. Not. Die.
Although it looked like Ford had lowered the curtain on its famous Taurus in October of 2006, the Taurus has effectively proven to be the zombie of the Ford Motor Company’s model line-up. It’s first steps out of the murky depths came in 2003 at the Detroit Auto Show where it was redesigned, repackaged, and reintroduced as the Ford Freestyle Concept.
Amid lagging sales and an overall lackluster consumer response, Ford sent the the Freestyle back to the drawing board and emerged in March 2008 with the Ford Taurus X. And thus, the mid-size family XUV bloodbath began.
Offered in three different trim levels, Taurus X SEL ($27,030), Taurus X Eddie Bauer ($29,770), and Taurus X Limited ($30,750), the Ford Taurus X comes standard equipped with 3.5-liter Duratec V6 engine and 263-hp (not too shabby, considering it is little more than a glorified station wagon). Complete with either Front or All Wheel Drive, the Taurus X also features a 6-sp automatic transmission, Electronic Stability Control, and Ford’s patented “Belt Minder” – the nifty buzzing sounds that alerts the driver (and anyone roughly within a 5-mile radius of the vehicle) that they have neglected to fasten their safety belt.
Obviously making a concerted effort to integrate fresh, innovative ideas into their line-up, the Taurus X also comes nicely (albeit optionally, at least for the Taurus X SEL) equipped with Dual Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control and heated front seats – obviously taking a cue from their Swedish subsidiary, Volvo. The entertainment options are a refreshing break from the norm also, featuring Ford & Microsoft’s new collaborative SYNC technology, a “voice-activated in-car communication and entertainment system for your mobile phone and digital music player.” Also optional; the Ford Triptunes toggle (an FM modulator that provides full iPod integration) and SIRIUS satellite radio.
Unfortunately, with the Taurus X’s FWD models earning an EPA fuel consumption estimate of 16 mpg city/24 hwy (AWD: 15 mpg city/22 hwy), the Taurus X was unable to escape Ford’s large-vehicle hatchet and will be “retired” in 2009.