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in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,731 - $12,761
Original MSRP: $25,170 - $32,520
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 Ford Taurus Interior

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Since its 2008 debut, the Taurus has earned its highest scores for its interior. For 2009, that is unlikely to change. The cabin is spacious, built of good quality materials, and comfortable -- though not luxurious.

  • "Comfortable and attractive, trimmed in well-matched materials that please the eye and touch." -- Detroit News
  • "Inside the 2009 Ford Taurus, the news is generally positive, though cars such as the Avalon and Azera feature more visual interest in their dash layouts." -- Edmunds
  • "Taurus's cabin materials are nothing special but are appropriate for the price and include many soft-touch surfaces." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

Reviewers praise the 2009 Ford Taurus for impressive room at all seating positions. A few say the seats are not well-bolstered, but not everyone shares that complaint -- and firm side bolstering is only really necessary in the kind of enthusiastic driving few Taurus owners are interested in.

  • "Once situated, the seats are comfortably supportive, and the high positioning is a boon for entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Seating surfaces are nice and the seats are broad and firm." -- About.com
  • "Legroom is plentiful front and back, while the Taurus' characteristic elevated seating position is evocative of crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "There's lots of room -- the most in the large sedan class." -- Detroit News

Interior Features

The equipment inside the 2009 Ford Taurus is laid out with an eye toward ease of use, and is built of relatively high quality materials. The electronics are not up to the standard of some competitors, but buyers probably won't find them lacking. Ford's optional SYNC system allows drivers to control Bluetooth-enabled phones, MP3 players and other devices with voice commands. The competition doesn't yet have an equivalent to SYNC.

  • "Most controls are logically arrayed, and there are plenty of storage areas and an impressive eight cupholders." -- Edmunds
  • "Instruments can be easily read under various lighting conditions, and controls are within easy reach," -- MSN
  • "Controls are conventional, self-explanatory and located where most drivers would expect to find them." -- Newsday
  • With SYNC, "Text messages can be heard rather than read while driving." -- New Car Test Drive

Cargo

Taurus buyers won't lack for storage space. The trunk is cavernous, offering 21.2 cubic feet of storage space -- currently the largest trunk of any sedan for sale in the United States, apart from a few super-luxury cars. Auto writers also find plentiful storage areas inside the cabin, and many note the new two-tier center console.

  • "The 21-cubic-foot trunk is gargantuan, and the Taurus' 60/40-split rear bench and front passenger seat fold flat, allowing items up to 9 feet in length to be transported inside the car." -- Edmunds
  • "The voluminous trunk has a flat floor, usefully cubic shape, a large opening, and non-invasive strut-type lid hinges." -- Consumer Guide

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