8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2009 Ford Taurus X Review

The 2009 Ford Taurus X remains one of the top wagons in its class because of its great safety score and practical interior.

Pros & Cons

  • High safety score for the class
  • Standard third-row seating
  • Comfortable seating
  • Low fuel economy compared with classmates

New for 2009

  • Post-crash alert system added
  • Last year of production
  • Power-folding middle seats

2009 Ford Taurus X Overview

The Taurus X comes with a six-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. Test drivers said the Taurus X drives well on the highway and should have no problem with hauling extra cargo. They also said the Taurus X handles more smoothly than some SUVs and other crossover wagons. The Taurus X comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive was available when it was new. Fuel economy is low for the class at 17/24 mpg city/highway.

The 2009 Ford Taurus X provides a functional interior for those who want to cart more passengers around than can fit in a typical wagon. A 2009 Taurus X can fit up to seven people, which is rare for the class. According to test drivers, the interior is roomy enough for most passengers and the available bench seat to fit more people is helpful. There is 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. However, with the third row folded flat, the cargo space expands to 47 cubic feet. Standard features on the Taurus X include heated side mirrors, an in-dash CD changer and a trip computer. Options when the car was new or features found on higher trims include leather upholstery, SYNC entertainment system, heated front- and second-row seats, reverse park assist, a navigation system, a rear entertainment system and a power liftgate. A post-crash alert system was added in 2009. When the air bags are deployed, the system will start honking the horn and turn on the flashers.

High safety scores make the 2009 Taurus X stand out among its classmates.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Kia Rondo gets better fuel economy than the Taurus X. Reviewers said the Kia Rondo has a practical interior and comfortable seating for up to seven. Reviewers said the available third-row seating in the Rondo holds adults easily.

The 2009 Subaru Outback also gets better fuel economy than the Taurus X. The Outback has standard all-wheel drive as well as a notably good safety score for the class.

Compare the Taurus X to the Rondo and Outback »

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