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2008 Ford Taurus Sedan

4dr Sdn SEL FWD

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2008 Ford Taurus Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Ford Taurus Sedan

The 2008 Ford Taurus (formerly the Five Hundred) has been rated one of the safest sedans in both U.S. crash-test programs. And according to Ford, the Taurus has the most spacious interior of any large sedan and best-in-class legroom front and rear. It also stands out for having a smooth ride that's well suited for long trips. Now, for 2008, the Taurus has more power and a more responsive transmission, which together make it a lot more exciting to drive as well.

What's new for 2008?

The Ford Taurus, formerly called the Five Hundred, gets a more powerful, 3.5L 'Duratec 35' engine for 2008, along with a new six-speed automatic transmission. The new powertrain combination gets a nearly ten-percent fuel-efficiency improvement over the previous setup.

Model Strengths

  • Standard safety features
  • increased power
  • quiet, spacious interior
  • smooth ride
  • large trunk
  • fuel efficiency.

Model Review

The Ford Taurus is available in SEL and Limited trims for 2008. Both can be specified with front-wheel drive or with a road-oriented all-wheel-drive system, and both come with a new 3.5L V6 engine making 263 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The combination brings impressive fuel economy for a large car, with EPA ratings of 18 mpg city, 28 highway.

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DETROIT - When we first saw the Ford Taurus X, our first thought was what is that?

We knew that Ford had changed the name of the full-size 500 to Taurus but we didn't know that the company had also changed the name of the Ford Freestyle to Taurus X.

No matter the name, we still think this vehicle is one of the best three row crossovers on the road. And it has been improved since our last encounter. What impressed us most about the Taurus X when we first met it as the Freestyle was that the third row could actually hold two full size adults comfortably. The same is true for the 2008 model Taurus X.

Plus, we think three significant improvements have been made to the Taurus X. The first is the application of Ford's three bar grille. On the Taurus X it's wide enough to have some impact. Thus, we can see where the face of Ford is really headed and we like it.

The second area of improvement was the interior. The Taurus X was comfortable to drive, the interior materials didn't feel or look cheap and we actually enjoyed being inside the vehicle. The second and third row seats had some substance. And our test vehicle had leather trimmed seats.

And last, the Taurus X had been given Ford's 3.5-liter V6 engine that made 263 horsepower and 249 pounds-feet of torque. Better was that Ford dumped the Freestyle's continuously variable transmission and gave the Taurus X a six speed automatic.

The setup provided enough power for our everyday driving. Shifts were smooth and the powertrain was quiet. However, we didn't pick up any stuff so we really didn't have the chance to check out the toting capability of the Taurus X. It was rated with a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs.

Still, we found our test vehicle very maneuverable. We managed to get in and out of traffic without too much fuss. We thought this particularly pleasing since the Taurus X had three rows of seats.

It was quite compact and relatively light as in nimble at 4,200 lbs. For a seven-passenger vehicle, we thought the Taurus X really handled well. We never got the vehicle that it was oversized. Our test vehicle was all-wheel-drive; a front-wheel-drive model is available.

We had the Limited edition and standard equipment included heated front seats and exterior mirrors, a six disc in dash CD player. Optional equipment included adjustable pedals, a moonroof, navigation system and satellite radio and a rear DVD based entertainment center.

We were somewhat displeased with the wind noise and we thought with a V6 engine, the Taurus X could have done better on fuel consumption. Our all-wheel-drive model was rated at 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Btu we still thought the Taurus X quite capable as an everyday hauler. Prices start at $33,550. With options our Taurus X tipped the cash register at $39,120.

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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
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System 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 Opt

Security

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 6 model years or newer / 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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