2008 Ford Taurus Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Ford Taurus was new.
The 2008 Ford Taurus' interior is considered a high point by many. Thesays that the interior is "comfortable and attractive, trimmed in well-matched materials that please the eye and touch."
Car and Driver describes it as "vast," while Edmunds especially likes the "handsome and functional cabin with solid materials quality." Cars.com says the Taurus is roomy because it's based on the Five Hundred's design, noting "the gauges have been mildly restyled and the steering wheel is new, but otherwise the interior carries over relatively unchanged."
The reviews praise the 2008 Ford Taurus for providing ample room in all seating positions. Edmunds writes that "legroom is plentiful in both front and rear," while About.com notes, "Seating surfaces are nice and the seats are broad and firm." The adds that the "seats were comfortable, though I would have liked bigger side bolsters to hold me in place on the rather flat driver's seat. The optional power adjustable pedals are very useful."
Edmunds also appreciates the Taurus' tall seating position, which Autobytel notes "makes entry and egress on the 2008 Ford Taurus SUV-like and aids down the road visibility." Overall, the Ford Taurus is considered "comfortable and roomy" by the , which goes on to mention that "there's lots of room -- the most in the large sedan class."
There are mixed opinions on the 2008 Ford Taurus' interior features. Consumer Guide likes the "clear, simple gauges," but finds they contrast with cluttered audio and climate panels that are "set too low for easy use while driving." Although an MSN writer generally finds "instruments can be easily read under various lighting conditions, and controls are within easy reach," he has problems locating the ignition switch located on the steering column, and says it "really should be on the dashboard." However, says that the controls inside the Taurus are "conventional, self-explanatory and located where most drivers would expect to find them."
On the other hand, thelikes the "impressive" standard features list and feels the leather trim "fully justifies the price." And auto writers from the call the overall fit "good" yet note "a sloppy line where two pieces of plastic met on the foldaway rear armrest." Standard features for both trims include a message center with a trip computer and compass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and knob, an electrochromic autodim rearview mirror and power front seats.
Stereo and Entertainment
The 2008 Taurus' base stereo is AM/FM with a single CD player and clock, but the Limited trim upgrades to Ford's Audiophile sound system with a six-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3 capability. Edmunds complains that the Taurus' audio system is "not as good as some rivals," but likes that Taurus includes the optional Ford SYNC, a communications and entertainment system with Bluetooth connection for cell phones that can control MP3 players with voice commands. New Car Test Drive also likes this addition, highlighting that phone text messages "can be heard rather than read while driving." SIRIUS Satellite Radio and an eight-inch rear DVD entertainment system are also optional.
One of the 2008 Taurus' highlights is cargo space. Edmunds calls the 21.2 cubic feet "massive." Cars.com writes, "Folding the rear seat expands the already large" trunk. Consumer Guide adds, "Voluminous trunk has a flat floor," with a "usefully cubic shape."
Auto writers also find plentiful storage areas inside the cabin, and many note the new two-tier center console, which Autobytel says offers "creative stowage." The Car Connection estimates that the console has "enough room for a purse or a camera on top of a larger bin."