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2008 Ford Taurus Sedan

4dr Sdn Limited AWD

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  • $29,470 original MSRP
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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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Review: 2008 Ford Taurus

Source: MSN Autos

Ford has resurrected the familiar nameplate of its midsize Taurus sedan and plunked it on an upgraded version of its Five Hundred full-size sedan and similar Freestyle station wagon/crossover vehicle, which have had slow sales partly because of low consumer recognition.

The 2008 Five Hundred thus becomes the "Taurus," and the Freestyle becomes the rather oddly named "Taurus X."

Meanwhile, the upscale version of the Five Hundred, the Mercury Montego, gets the old Sable nameplate. That makes sense because the Sable was an uptown version of the Taurus. (There was no wagon/crossover version of the Montego, so there's no such version of the new Sable.)

The Five Hundred, Freestyle and Montego arrived for the 2005 model year. As with the Taurus and Sable, all have been built in Chicago, where the Taurus also was produced until dropped after the 2006 model year.

Relatively Unknown
Ford's research revealed that the Five Hundred and its two sister vehicles sold well-below expectations because relatively few consumers even knew they existed. Moreover, they had rather nondescript styling and were criticized for having an underpowered engine.

It really wasn't very fair because the roomy, nicely built trio were cleanly styled and competed in a market hardly known for styling pizzazz. And they had a 203-horsepower V6 that provided decent acceleration but was still criticized for being underpowered.

The 2007 Five Hundred (and Montego) are full-size cars, considerably larger than the last Taurus. But the 2008 versions are competing in the midsize sedan market dominated by the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, as the Taurus did.

Roomy Third Row
As for the Taurus X, it's in the rapidly growing market for crossover vehicles. Crossovers (many of which are glorified wagons) have SUV features but car-based underpinnings that make them more fuel-efficient and easier to handle-not to mention third-row seats that many families find desirable. Yes, the Taurus X has a third-row seat, and it's commendably roomy even for two 6-footers.

The Taurus seemed revolutionary to generally conservative American sedan buyers when introduced in 1985 and was America's top-selling car for five years straight, starting in 1987.

A new midsize Taurus arrived with sleeker styling for 1996. It was significantly improved, but many felt the styling made it look smaller than the first-generation Taurus and turned to Japanese cars such as the increasingly improved Camry and Accord, which now dominate the midsize sedan market.

Rental Fleet Fate
Many Taurus models ended up being dumped in rental car fleets, as Ford introduced the Five Hundred, Freestyle-and Montego. But relatively few folks put them on shopping lists and continued flocking to Japanese cars, or to flashier big sedans such as the Chrysler 300.

Fondly Remembered
However, many fondly remembered the first-generation Taurus, and the second-generation version kept the car's name alive. Financially troubled Ford's new boss, former Boeing executive Alan Mulally, also knew about the Taurus, and top Ford executives convinced him to rename the upgraded 2008 Five Hundred the Taurus and the improved Freestyle the Taurus X. It was only natural that the Montego got the old Sable nameplate.

Mullally isn't a "car guy," but he's a smart executive who knew it would take billions of dollars to give a car the name recognition the Taurus enjoyed.

Virtually Identical
I tested the 2008 Taurus sedan, although I spent a little more time with the Taurus X because of the fast-growing popularity of crossover vehicles. Both the Taurus and Taurus X are nearly mechanically identical. However, the Taurus has a conventional sedan layout with two seating rows and a big trunk and the Taurus X has three rows of seats and a hatchback.

Both are exceptionally roomy for passengers and cargo, with wide-opening doors. And it's easy to reach the third-row seat of the Taurus X when its second- and third-row seats are folded forward. A power hatch door for the Taurus X is a convenient option, but I found it operates slowly.

Both trim levels are well-equipped and can be had with front-wheel drive or an improved all-wheel-drive system.

Taurus prices are competitive. They go from $23,245 for the entry sedan to $28,695 for the Limited AWD sedan with all-wheel drive. Taurus X prices range from $26,615 for the entry SEL trim level to $31,800 for the Limited AWD equipped with all-wheel drive.

More Potent Engine
A smooth, quiet 3.5-liter 263-horsepower V6 replaces the smaller V6 and delivers strong acceleration. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has been dropped, leaving only a more responsive, conventional 6-speed automatic as standard.

Fuel economy for the sedan is an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 on highways with front-wheel drive and 17 and 24 with all-wheel drive. Figures for the Taurus X are 16 and 24 with front-wheel drive and 15 and 22 with all-wheel drive. Only 87-octane gasoline is needed.

More Flash
To give its new models some flash, styling changes for the Taurus and Taurus X include the Ford brand's new signature three-bar chrome grille and new front fascia.

In addition, the Taurus gets a sculpted hood with crisp accent lines and new rear fascia and different taillights. The Taurus X also has a new fascia and restyled hood, along with newly shaped front fenders and a new rear fascia.

Ford says the Taurus and Taurus X have more than 500 improvements that make them quieter, faster and safer than their predecessors.

However, drive the two models back-to-back and it soon becomes evident that the Taurus sedan feels lighter on its feet. The Taurus X is higher and heavier than the sedan, and thus feels a little less lively and doesn't handle as sharply as the sedan.

Larger Taurus X
Both use a Volvo-derived platform, as did the Five Hundred and Freestyle, and ride on a 112.9-inch wheelbase. They have approximately the same length and width, but the Taurus X weighs 4,033 to 4,203 pounds, compared to 3,741 to 3,930 for the Taurus. And the Taurus X is 67.6 inches high, against 61.5 inches for the Taurus sedan.

Neither Ford falls in a sports category because they're essentially conservative family vehicles with average-but-responsive handling. Steering is linear, and a revised suspension delivers a ride that is smooth, but gets a little bouncy over uneven pavement. Braking is fine, with a pedal that feels rather soft but has a linear action.

Extremely Quiet
Interiors look upscale and are extremely quiet, thanks to plenty of sound insulation. However, front seats in both the Taurus and Taurus X provide just average support and comfort. And fuel level and coolant temperature gauges are very small-although the speedometer and tachometer are large.

The Taurus X has a console shift lever that partly blocks cupholders for a driver. And there is a mixture of small and large climate controls and lot of small dashboard buttons that take learning.

Much Safety Equipment
The Taurus X has standard electronic stability control, which is optional for the sedan. Both have a long list of safety equipment, including front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags.

In fact, the new Taurus was rated the safest full-size car in America and got a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The Taurus X was rated the safest seven-passenger crossover vehicle, and also got a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the IIHS.

With widespread name recognition, more power and other improvements, the new Taurus and Taurus X certainly promise to outdo the Five Hundred and Freestyle

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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.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes 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 Std


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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