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2008 Ford Taurus X Wagon Crossover

4dr Wgn Eddie Bauer FWD

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  • $29,770 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Ford Taurus X Wagon Crossover

Ford's 2008 Taurus X has one of the roomiest, most versatile interiors of any people-mover on the market today, and it's ideally suited as a family vehicle, with a great ride and a powerful engine. With straight five-star crash test results, the Freestyle was already ranked one of the safest cars on the road, too; as the Taurus X, with several safety improvements, it can only get better.

What's new for 2008?

Formerly called the Freestyle, the 2008 Ford Taurus X carries over as essentially the same vehicle but with a more powerful 3.5L V6 engine and new six-speed automatic transmission, yielding dramatically improved acceleration, according to Ford. A new version of the intelligent all-wheel drive system also debuts for 2008. Last year's CVT automatic has been discontinued.

Model Strengths

  • Interior space
  • seating for up to seven
  • safety
  • reassuring ride quality
  • new, more powerful engine.

Model Review

The 2008 Ford Taurus X has one of the roomiest interiors of any vehicle its size, with three rows of versatile seating, and it's available in six- or seven-passenger configurations. With a special 'stadium style' seating arrangement, the third-row occupants sit higher up than the second row, affording better visibility and more legroom than they would otherwise have.

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Tech Review: 2008 Ford Taurus X

Source: MSN Autos

Imitation may be a sincere form of flattery, but the 2008 Ford Taurus X won't win any style, performance, or tech points by being compared to its predecessor, the Freestyle. While the Taurus X is a rebadging of Ford's sedan-based crossover, aesthetically it's now more akin to its lower-cost cousin, the Ford Edge.

The Taurus X now shares a similar corporate fascia, rear end and contoured look with the Edge. Thankfully, its technology offerings also follow that of the Edge, and it's now available with the well-received Sync system.

Bold Moves
For a company with a fuddy-duddy image, Ford has made some downright bold moves of late on the tech front, the Sync system being the most obvious and innovative. But there are other indications that Ford takes tech more seriously than some of its competitors. The Family Entertainment System (FES) in Taurus X Limited AWD I tested ($38,160) is also found in several other Ford vehicles, and is one of the most full-featured and flexible media setups available. For its capabilities, at only $995, it's also reasonably priced.

The FES includes an 8-inch, drop-down screen and DVD player in an overhead console, and includes two sets of wireless headphones. The system also has aux-in jacks to accommodate a separate A/V source (such as a videogame console) and an additional headphone jack is on tap for plugging in another pair of wired headphones.

Rear-seat passengers aren't stuck with only one or two entertainment options with the system. The wireless headphones that come with the vehicle each have two channels for listening to separate sources. But oddly, one set of headphones can access any audio source in the vehicle - DVD, CD, AM, FM, SIRIUS satellite radio or the auxiliary source - but the other can only tune into the DVD or aux source.

Ford gives the front-seat occupants the option of letting the rear-seat passengers take command of the system, or "locking" the controls of the FES via the in-dash head unit. After using a similar head unit/navigation display in several Ford vehicles, I've found it simple and intuitive to use and the 6.5-inch display is easy to read at a glance.

The navigation system performed admirably, although as a $1,995 option it seems overpriced compared to the latest portable nav systems that offer more advanced features at a fraction of the price. And Ford's labeling of the sound system in the Taurus X as "Audiophile" is a bit of a stretch, but it comes standard in the Limited, and performs as good or better than many systems in the same price range.

Safety First
Ford has also stepped it up on the safety-tech front. The Taurus X secured a coveted five-star NHTSA crash-test rating in all four impact categories, thanks to six standard-equipment airbags, including Ford's Safety Canopy side-curtain system designed to protect passengers in a rollover. The Taurus X Limited also comes standard with Ford's AdvanceTrac stability control, as well as a Reverse Sensing System that warns if you are too close to an object behind you - a must on any vehicle this size.

The Limited comes standard with heated front seats, while second-row heated and auto-folding bucket seats and a power liftgate are part of the $825 Limited Ultimate Package. Adjustable pedals with memory come with the Limited Convenience Package, a $255 option that also includes a universal garage door opener.

The Taurus X also sports some simple but very useful tech touches, such as a calendar that's accessible on the head unit, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. Although our press-fleet model was not so equipped, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and MP3 control is handled by the Sync setup, which is now standard on Eddie Bauer and Limited trims ($395 on the base SEL model).

Power Jump
The switch from the Freestyle to the Taurus badge also brings with it a much-needed increase in power, with the former's feeble 3.0-liter engine replaced by a more capable 3.5-liter V-6. I had the opportunity to test the Taurus X Limited AWD's winter grip in the snow, and its all-weather tires mostly kept me planted to the pavement.

As America gets over its long love affair with the SUVs and starts its courtship of crossovers, the Taurus X is well positioned to become the Ford Explorer of the category: a reasonably priced, spacious and reliable form of family transport. That it does it with style, power, and cool tech should make the honeymoon that much sweeter.

Doug Newcomb has been writing about car electronics since 1988, as editor of Car Audio and Electronics, Car Stereo Review, Mobile Entertainment, Road & Track Road Gear and as a freelance writer. His new book, Car Audio for Dummies, is available from Wiley Publications. He lives in Hood River, Oregon.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/60,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 with less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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