2008 Ford Taurus X Performance
This performance review was written when the 2008 Ford Taurus X was new.
Reviewers find the new Taurus X to be a solid if unspectacular performer with good power and smooth handling. Edmunds says it "isn't a ferocious performer," but "you can expect solid acceleration from both low and high speeds, and families should be able to load up this wagon on road trips without causing it to strain on highway grades."
The Taurus X's 3.5-liter V6 is more powerful than the 3.0-liter V6 in the Freestyle. The engine is matched to an all-new six-speed automatic transmission, which, according to Leftlane News, helps to "manage the additional power and deliver sharper performance." It supplants the continuously variable transmission that was standard in the Freestyle.
Acceleration and Power
The Taurus X is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that creates 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. The horsepower, notes Car and Driver, is "up from a meager 203 hp in the outgoing 3.0-liter V-6" beneath the hood of the Freestyle. According to Edmunds, the increase "brings the Taurus X's performance up to par with competing crossover wagons and SUVs." With the changes, "Ford says acceleration is 44 percent faster," reports Cars.com.
Despite an "increase in power and torque," Leftlane News explains, fuel economy numbers for the Taurus X are "similar to the 2007 Freestyle, thanks to a more efficient powertrain and technologies like a fuel-saving electric power steering system." With front-wheel drive, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the Taurus X gets 16 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive, those numbers decrease to an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
Further, writes Truck Trend, "The six-speed automatic transmission delivers up to a seven percent increase in fuel economy over a conventional four-speed auto." The six-speed replaces the Freestyle's continuously variable transmission, and, claims Edmunds, "should feel more familiar to most drivers."
Handling and Braking
The Taurus X's independent suspension, says Edmunds, "provides a soft and supple ride," and, together with power rack-and-pinion steering and "the wagon's fairly lightweight body," makes "the 2008 Ford Taurus X feel especially carlike compared to the larger crossover" entries in its class. Anti-lock brakes are standard, and the Taurus X is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.