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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2009 Ford Taurus Review

The 2009 Ford Taurus is one of the top cars in its class because of its excellent safety scores, along with a spacious interior and good fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

  • Massive trunk space and plentiful legroom for its class
  • Excellent crash test scores
  • Engine could use more power
  • Some interior controls are complicated

2009 Ford Taurus Overview

The 2009 Ford Taurus is a capable highway cruiser that provides decent engine performance, good fuel economy and plenty of cargo space. Reviewers felt, however, that acceleration was lacking and the Taurus wasn’t exciting to drive. While some reviewers didn’t like the handling, others said it suits the car well. Ford added standard stability control to the lineup for 2009, which should appeal to shoppers who want an extra dose of safety. The Taurus also scored very well in crash tests.

Inside, reviewers weren’t blown away by the Taurus, but they thought the interior was functional and offered a massive trunk. Reviewers found that the Taurus could comfortably seat five, thanks to an impressive amount of cabin space. While competitors like the 2009 Toyota Avalon have a more refined interior, the Taurus remains a practical, capable family sedan.    

The base Taurus is equipped with power front seats, cruise control and a CD player with an auxiliary audio jack. A fully-loaded version could include features like a sunroof, Ford’s voice-activated Sync infotainment system and heated front seats. All 2009 Taurus models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s paired to either front- or all-wheel drive.

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Other Cars to Consider

Closely related to the Ford Taurus, the 2009 Mercury Sable provides similar attributes, such as a spacious interior and strong safety scores. With so much in common, it makes sense to search for both models so that you can find the best deal on your next used car.

The well-rounded 2009 Toyota Avalon is also a great choice if you’re seeking a refined large sedan. Both the Avalon and Taurus offer a V6 engine with a similar amount of power, but reviewers liked the Avalon’s performance a little more when it was new. Ultimately, reviewers felt that if you’re looking for a large car with a roomy interior and a strong list of standard features, the 2009 Avalon should be on your list. Because the Avalon tends to be pricier, going back a year to the 2008 model should save you some money.

Compare the Taurus to the Sable and Avalon »

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