Ford Taurus X
From Ford press: Named by Kelley Blue Book as one of the family-friendliest vehicles of 2008, the Ford Taurus X continues to please for 2009. This full-size crossover offers three rows of seating, a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission, and a long list of standard safety equipment – including side curtain air bags and AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control. Innovative convenience features on the Taurus X include one-touch, flip-and-fold second-row seating and an available power rear liftgate.
“Taurus X offers a complete package and people are starting to take notice,” says Kate Pearce, marketing manager for Taurus X. “It’s a great-looking vehicle with a lot of cargo and passenger capacity that provides unparalleled safety for families on the go.”
Ford’s 3.5-liter Duratec 35 V-6 engine delivers an estimated 260 horsepower. A six-speed-automatic gearbox that was developed in tandem with the Duratec 35 manages its power and delivers a sharp performance.
Even with impressive power and torque, the 2009 Taurus X posts respectable real-world fuel economy numbers of up to 24 mpg on the highway and TK mpg in the city.
This vehicle’s available intelligent all-wheel-drive system incorporates an active, on-demand electro-mechanical center coupler to allocate a precise amount of torque from front to rear, up to 100 percent to either axle. This system can also anticipate wheel slip before it happens. Under heavy acceleration, for example, the system will proactively allocate torque to the rear wheels before the front wheels begin to slip.