...Powertrains and Performance: A 3.5-liter V6 with 263 hp and 249 pound-feet of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission powers all Taurus trims. Buyers can choose between front- or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is rated at 18 city and 28 highway for the front-wheel-drive Taurus and 17 city/24 highway for the AWD model. Safety: Antilock disc brakes and traction control are standard, as are front side- and full-length side curtain airbags. Stability control, power-adjustable pedals and rear parking sensors are optional. Crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety...
...Taurus is offered in SEL or Limited trim with front- or on-demand all-wheel-drive. We tested the Limited AWD, which adds extra decorative touches over the SEL -- chrome door handles, mirror caps and engine vents along the fenders. Taurus carries over the best of Five Hundred -- a spacious and comfy cabin with limo-like rear seat room to stretch legs and arms and keep from knocking your noggin'. And there's that trunk. It can hold eight, count 'em, eight sets of golf clubs, which means it will hold all the luggage or groceries the family wants. Need more cargo room? The rear seat backs fold...
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...which weighs more than the Taurus, so there's plentiful power here.The only Taurus transmission is a 6-speed automatic that smoothly works through the gears with nary a shift point for drivers to notice. Note that this transmission — a joint venture product with General Motors Corp. — has two overdrive gears to get the maximum out of every gallon of fuel.In fact, Ford engineers said this new transmission, which also is in the Edge and GM's Saturn Aura midsize car, is more fuel-efficient than the Five Hundred's previous continuously variable transmission.Quiet interiorDrivers will notice...
...The Five Hundred has been only marginally successful since its introduction, however, so when Alan Mulally took over the reins as Ford's new chief executive, he decided to scrap the Five Hundred name and rebadge the latest version of the car as the 2008 Ford Taurus.Like the old Taurus, the 2008 version features family-friendly styling, although it's larger than the old Taurus, and comes with a bigger price tag as well. The 2008 model also has a more contemporary grille, and a 3.5-liter V6 generating 260 horsepower, which is an increase of almost 60 horspower over the previous year's Five...
...One technique dealers are using to sell the Taurus is asking a customer to set the driver's seat to the most comfortable position. Then sit behind the driver and see how much room there is. Ford has added scads of sound-deadening materials and even filled the car's A-pillars (the supports that brace the windshield) with expandable foam pellets to cut outside noises. Wind noise is nil, even at 80 mph, and road noise is absent -- giving the Taurus a chillingly quiet ride. Come October, Ford will add its Sync system to help fill that quiet void. The system allows drivers to connect personal...
...Interior The gauges have been mildly restyled and the steering wheel is new, but otherwise the interior carries over relatively unchanged. There's still room for up to five occupants with the front bucket seats and 60/40-split rear seat. Folding the rear seat expands the already large 21.2-cubic-foot truck, and the front passenger seat can fold flat to carry cargo up to 9 feet long inside the car. A navigation system, Sirius Satellite Radio, a DVD entertainment system and Ford's Sync system are available. Sync is a new communication and entertainment system that features Bluetooth-based...
...It would consume too much space here to explain Sync technology. Don't worry. The system comes with an owner's manual. We developed affection for the Taurus Limited, which we nicknamed "Das Boot" after the 1981 movie depicting life and death on a German U-boat in World War II. Admittedly, sitting in the Taurus Limited on a long drive was nowhere near as harsh and, certainly, not even close to dangerous. But we were overwhelmed by the girth of the thing. We sometimes felt that we were piloting, more than driving the car, an assessment shared by our counterpart in these matters, Ria Manglapus...
...Cars like the Nissan Maxima and Chrysler 300 seem downright claustrophobic in comparison. The rear seat offers spacious accommodations, though the backrest was angled a bit far for my taste. The center floor hump is manageably low — unexpected, considering my test car had all-wheel drive. The trunk measures 21.2 cubic feet, easily the largest in its class. Should you need it (if you just bought, I don't know, an armoire) the rear seats fold in a 60/40 split, a feature some competitors skip. The Taurus is the only one to offer a fold-flat front passenger seat; with it down, Ford says the car...
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