2008 Ford Taurus Limited

Price:
$4,995
Stock # :
P5769A1
VIN # :
1FMDK03WX8GA06236
Mileage:
177,689
Engine:
3.5L V6 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Oxford White
Body
Sedan
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
16
Highway MPG:
24
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* If you need an accommodating third row or just a sizeable cargo area, but would prefer to steer clear of tall SUV territory, the 2008 Ford Taurus X is uniquely qualified to meet your needs. It also scored five-star ratings in all four National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests. Source: KBB.com


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2008 ford taurus

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.7
98 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (79%)
4 Star - (17%)
3 Star - (3%)
2 Star - (19%)
1 Star - (1%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.7
COMFORT
4.8
INTERIOR
4.8
RELIABILITY
4.8
VALUE
4.7

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

The reborn 2008 Ford Taurus hits the dance floor with some fresh moves courtesy of a 263-horsepower V6. The engine upgrade, along with the Five Hundred's pre-existing comfortable cabin, cavernous trunk and top-notch safety scores, make the new Taurus a worthy candidate for a full-size sedan.

What's New

Ford resurrects the Taurus nameplate for 2008 by affixing it to a much-improved Five Hundred. A more powerful engine, a nicer and quieter cabin, a retuned suspension and a corporate three-bar grille are the major highlights.

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PROS

Extra-large backseat and trunk, outstanding crash test scores, comfortable ride, good visibility, available all-wheel drive.

Introduction

Name recognition and awareness are no doubt important for automotive manufacturers. For example, look no further than the 2008 Ford Taurus. Ford has pulled the Taurus nameplate out of its one-year dirt nap in hopes of getting back into the thick of the large family sedan game. But is the public's awareness of the Taurus name a good thing or bad? Though a hero car back in the 1980s and early '90s, more recent iterations of the Taurus were dated and anonymous, a favorite of image-dulling rental car agencies and a not-so-favorite of middle management types who received them as company cars.

The Taurus revival is combined with the death of the Ford Five Hundred, a large sedan introduced a few years ago that never sold like the company had hoped. Although it offered a large cabin and an impressive ride and handling balance, the Five Hundred was let down by weak engine performance and a lack of refinement.

Thankfully, the 2008 Ford Taurus gains a number of improvements as part of its return. Under that familiar Five Hundred sheet metal are much improved running gear and additional features. In fact, Ford says there are more than 500 changes. A 263-hp V6 replaces the lame 203-hp V6, and a more responsive six-speed automatic replaces the sluggish continuously variable transmission (CVT) across all trim levels.

Other improvements for this large family sedan include the adoption of stability control, a "Ford Sync" system (that allows hands-free use of mobile phones and digital music players), improved cabin materials and more sound insulation for a quieter ride.

With its major performance infusion, addition of key safety and luxury features, and available all-wheel drive, the Ford Taurus is the best it's been in a long time. Given the Taurus' size (along with the fact that the Ford Fusion now battles stalwarts like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry), you'll probably want to cross-shop it against full-size sedans like the Chrysler 300, Hyundai Azera or Toyota Avalon. Though still slightly deficient in terms of style (compared to the 300) or all-around polish, the Taurus is certainly worth consideration.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 Ford Taurus is a large sedan that is available in either front- or all-wheel drive. Two trim levels, base SEL and uplevel Limited, are offered. The well-equipped SEL has 17-inch wheels, full power accessories (including a power driver seat), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood grain interior trim, air-conditioning, a CD player and MP3 jack, cruise control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Move up to the Limited and you'll get 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, front seat heaters, a memory system for the driver seat/mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded audio system with a six-disc CD changer, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, and an analog clock.

Options include a moonroof, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, satellite radio and the Ford Sync system, which allows voice activation of cell phones and entertainment systems.

Powertrains and Performance

A 3.5-liter V6 with 263 hp and 249 pound-feet of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission powers all Taurus trims. Buyers can choose between front- or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is rated at 18 city and 28 highway for the front-wheel-drive Taurus and 17 city/24 highway for the AWD model.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes and traction control are standard, as are front side- and full-length side curtain airbags. Stability control, power-adjustable pedals and rear parking sensors are optional. Crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration returned perfect five-star ratings across the board, making the 2008 Ford Taurus one of the safest cars on the road.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Taurus features a handsome and functional cabin with solid materials quality, plenty of storage areas and eight cupholders. Legroom is plentiful in both the front and rear and a tall seating position should both please those used to SUVs and make for easier ingress/egress. However, that tall seating position puts taller drivers very close to the ceiling. The 21-cubic-foot trunk is massive (bigger than the Crown Victoria) 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.

Driving Impressions

The addition of 60 horses makes the 2008 Ford Taurus a much more attractive proposition than the slow-as-snails Five Hundred. No one will ever call the Taurus quick, but it now has the gusto needed to get up highway on-ramps and pass pokey fellow motorists without breaking a significant sweat. However, its six-speed automatic is slow to downshift -- a result of being tuned for maximum fuel economy. Ford softened the suspension to create a suppler ride, which should please most potential customers, but we found that the Five Hundred handled a tad better. There were also great pains taken to make the Taurus quieter, and those who equate silence with quality should be pleased.

Factory Installed Options

  • 3.5L SMPI 24-VALVE V6 DURATEC ENGINE

    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Luggage Rack
  • Mirror Memory
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Trip Computer

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Changer
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Sound System

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • 3rd Row Seat
  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Seat Memory
  • Woodgrain Interior Trim

Tires & Wheels

  • Temporary Spare Tire

Value Added Features

  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • (12) total cupholders
  • (2) coat hooks
  • (3) retractable roof grab handles
  • (4) auxiliary pwr points
  • 2nd & 3rd row reading lamps
  • 2nd & 3rd row Safety Canopy w/rollover sensor
  • 2nd row floor console w/cupholders & storage
  • 3.5L SMPI 24-valve V6 Duratec engine
  • Accessory delay
  • Battery saver feature
  • Body-color w/chrome accent heated folding pwr mirrors w/puddle lamps, memory
  • Cargo area grocery bag hooks
  • Cargo area light
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Chrome accent door handles
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Chrome Tri-bar grille
  • Driver & front passenger dual stage air bags w/front passenger occupant sensor
  • Driver/front passenger Belt Minder system
  • Dual note horn
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror

 

  • Engine block heater *STD on retail vehicles only in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY. Optional on fleet vehicles*
  • Fixed interval intermittent windshield wipers
  • Fog lamps
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • Front row center console w/armrest, storage, (2) cupholders
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Front side-impact air bags
  • Front wheel drive
  • Illuminated entry
  • Independent Macpherson strut front & multilink rear suspension
  • Instrument panel storage bin
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, lamp outage, low washer fluid, low oil pressure, fuel cap, oil change, door ajar, liftgate ajar & low coolant
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)-inc: (2) in 2nd row, (1) in 3rd row
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Locking, damped glove box
  • Map pockets & bottle holders in four door panels
  • Message center/trip computer w/compass
  • Mini spare tire
  • Monochromatic body-color painted cladding
  • Outside temp display
  • Overhead console w/dome light, (2) maplights, conversation mirror & sunglass holder

 

  • P225/60R18 BSW tires
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Perimeter lighting
  • Personal Safety System (PATS)-inc: seat belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors, driver seat position sensing & crash severity sensing
  • Premium Sound Pkg-inc: sound isolation
  • Privacy glass on 2nd/3rd row windows & liftgate
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr windows w/driver one-touch up/down feature
  • Quad reflector halogen headlamps w/wiper activation & auto on/off
  • Rear window defroster
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Roof rack
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Sliding sun visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Solar tinted glass
  • Speed control w/steering-wheel mounted controls
  • Tilt steering column
  • Woodgrain appearance applique on center stack & door trim

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