2008 Ford Taurus X Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Ford Taurus X was new.
Critics appreciate the Taurus X's three row seating arrangement. Cars.com notes that "a variety of seating configurations can accommodate up to seven" -- though it seats only six with standard second-row captain's chairs. Edmunds finds, "The Taurus X's cabin is generally a nice place to sit, especially for first- and second-row passengers."
The Taurus X, in all trim levels, offers two different seating configurations. With standard second-row captain's chairs, the cabin accommodates six passengers. With an optional second-row split bench seat, however, the cabin can accommodate seven.
According to Mother Proof, "Probably the single greatest upgrade in the Taurus X is the power-fold middle seats. With just the touch of a button, access to the third row is made painless." Cars.com explains the process, writing, "The optional second-row captain's chairs recline and adjust fore and aft; they flip forward with a single lever to provide access to the third row, which is tight at best."
Edmunds notes that the adjustable second-row seats "provide more legroom for third-row passengers," and finds, "Adults in the third row are presented with a high floor and just-OK legroom, but it's still fairly comfortable and fully usable for children and teenagers."
All Taurus X models come standard with air-conditioning, a power adjustable driver's seat, an in-dash CD player and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while higher trim levels feature dual-zone climate control and a stereo with MP3 compatibility. Optional features include a DVD entertainment system, a navigation system and a voice interface for cell phones and MP3 players. This interface system, called Sync, "makes the rest of the Taurus X's control layout seem dated," claims Edmunds, "but families should find its capabilities useful just the same." The explains that the system was "developed with Microsoft," and "allows a driver to connect a number of electronic devices."
The Taurus X offers 15.8 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row. With the third row folded flat, it offers 47 cubic feet. With both the second and third rows folded flat, cargo space increases to 85.5 cubic feet. Mother Proof says: "The third-row seat is my favorite feature by far. The 50/50 split allows you to arrange and organize at a moment's notice with just a couple of pushes and pulls. It's so easy, during a recent video shoot another mom-reviewer claimed to enjoy it so much she wanted nothing more than to fold and unfold the seats all day." As for cabin storage, Edmunds finds that there is "plenty of storage space and cupholders can be found throughout." A power rear lift gate is optional.