2009 Ford Taurus X Performance
This performance review was written when the 2009 Ford Taurus X was new.
Reviewers find the 2009 Taurus X to be a solid if unspectacular performer with good power and smooth handling.
- The Taurus X "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." Edmunds
Acceleration and Power
The Taurus X is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that creates 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. 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.
- The horsepower "up from a meager 203 hp in the outgoing 3.0-liter V-6" beneath the hood of the Freestyle. Car and Driver
- The increase "brings the Taurus X's performance up to par with competing crossover wagons and SUVs." Edmunds
- "The six-speed automatic transmission delivers up to a seven percent increase in fuel economy over a conventional four-speed auto." Truck Trend
Handling and Braking
The Taurus X's independent suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and light weight make it an easy handler. Anti-lock brakes are standard, and the Taurus X is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
- "A soft and supple ride," Edmunds