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2009 Ford Taurus X Wagon Crossover

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Ford Taurus X Wagon Crossover

Ford's 2009 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 5-star crash test results, the Taurus X is ranked one of the safest cars on the road, making it an excellent choice for families on the move.

What's new for 2009?

The Ford Taurus X carries over to 2009 with virtually no changes. A post-crash alert system is now standard, which flashes the lights and sounds the horn following an accident that caused the airbag to deploy.

Model Strengths

  • Interior space provides seating for up to 7
  • safety
  • ride quality
  • powerful engine.

Model Review

The 2009 Ford Taurus X has one of the roomiest interiors of any vehicle its size, with three rows of versatile seating, and its available in 6- or 7-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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Source: The Car Connection

To bring you this comprehensive review of the 2009 Ford Taurus X, the car experts at TheCarConnection.com have read all of the latest expert reviews. Additionally, TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the Ford Taurus X to help bring some clarity where the reviews differ.

Last year the Ford Freestyle was renamed the Taurus X and given a very mild restyle, along with a much peppier powertrain--making it, despite the odd name, a much more appealing vehicle.

The Freestyle has a profile that deceptively looks a lot like that of a full-fledged SUV, with some overall design cues inspired by the once-popular Explorer. But the Taurus X isn't meant to go crawling off-road; passenger duty is its forte, and the Taurus X is actually closer to a tall-roof station wagon. For last year, along with the name change, the chunky SUV cues were softened a bit; more chrome was part of the spruce-up, along with a new taillamp design and an upgraded interior.

Before you condemn the Taurus X for its outward appearance, take a look inside, as the overall design allows for an incredibly spacious, and space-efficient, interior, with three rows of seating. The front two rows work well for adults, while the third row is manageable for short trips thanks to the stadium-style seating that perches the last row a bit higher than the others. Up front, the driving position is a Goldilocks-esque "just right" that falls somewhere between SUV-tall and sedan-short. The extended roofline and wagon profile of the Ford Taurus X offer impressive cargo capacity, especially with the third row folded down, and the loading height is very convenient. In full cargo mode, the 2009 Ford Taurus X can accommodate items up to nine feet in length.

The 2009 Ford Taurus X rides firmly but with an underlying softness, so maneuverability is secure and crisp. However, it seems out of its element on tight, twisty turns. A very good, stable on-center feel makes the Taurus X especially relaxed and ideal for long highway hauls.

The 2009 Ford Taurus X is available in SEL, Eddie Bauer, or Limited trim levels, and each offers either front-wheel drive or an "intelligent" all-wheel-drive system that sends most of the power to the front wheels except when it's needed in back, before wheels slip. The features list for the Ford Taurus X leaves little to be desired, with the base 2009 Ford Taurus X SEL offering air conditioning, keyless entry, and CD sound. The top-end Eddie Bauer edition gets a nice two-tone paint scheme, 18-inch wheels, and new badging, along with a reverse-sensing system, heated seats and mirrors, wood-grain trim, adjustable pedals, an upgraded sound system, and the SYNC hands-free calling and entertainment interface.

An optional power liftgate headlines the available extras on the 2009 Ford Taurus X; other noteworthy options include Sirius Satellite Radio, DVD entertainment, and voice-activated navigation.

For those who value safety features and safety cred, the Taurus has it in spades. Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard on the 2009 Ford Taurus X, along with front side airbags and side curtain airbags that reach outboard occupants in all three rows. When compared to the old Freestyle, the front footwells have been reinforced, and interior door panels have been redesigned for better protection. In addition, 2009 brings a new SOS-Post Crash Alert system, which automatically flashes the turn signal lamps and pulses the vehicle horn immediately following an emergency. The Taurus X (considering its name change) has been a repeat IIHS Top Safety Pick, as it is for 2009, and it gets top "good" scores in crash tests, along with top five-star scores in the federal government's crash tests. It's one of the safest models on the road of any size, from any manufacturer.

The Bottom Line:

Ford may never call it a wagon for marketing reasons, but the 2009 Ford Taurus X is just that--practical, convenient, safe, and quite possibly one of the best wagons ever produced.

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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 Std
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 Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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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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