The 2009 Taurus is catagorized as a large sedan and is offered in either front or all-wheel drive. There are three available trim levels: base SE, midlevel SEL and top-of-the-line Limited.
Even the base SE model is already well-equipped, coming with standard features such as full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, 17 inch wheels, power seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, faux wood-grain interior trim, and a CD player with an auxiliary input jack.
The SEL model has all of the above plus automatic climate control, power-folding heated exterior mirrors, satellite radio and a 6-disc CD changer.
The top level Limited model adds 18 inch wheels, front seat heaters, leather upholstery, chrome exterior accents, the Sync system, an analog clock, and driver seat and exterior mirror memory settings.
Available options include navigation, sunroof, a rear DVD entertainment system, reverse parking sensors, power-adjustable pedals, satellite radio (SE) and the Sync multimedia integration system (SEL).
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
Powering the 2009 Taurus is a 3.5 liter V6 engine that delivers 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque that's coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. And buyers can choose between front-wheel and all-wheel drive on the SEL and Limited models.
The EPA estimated gas mileage for a front-wheel drive Taurus comes in at a very respectable 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Fuel economy for the all-wheel drive Taurus is rated at 17 mpg city and 24 highway.
Standard safety features on all Taurus models include antilock disc brakes (ABS) with brake assist, stability control, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and a "SOS Post-Crash Alert System" that automatically unlocks the doors and activates the horn and emergency flashers when the airbags have been deployed.
The Taurus excelled in government crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning a perfect five-star rating in every category, front and side impacts as well as both driver and passenger protection.
The cabin of the Taurus is spacious, attractive, well-designed and used friendly. The Taurus has an elevated seating position that's a bit like a crossover SUV and there's ample legroom in both front and back. There's even an impressive eight cupholders in this family-friendly vehicle.
Trunk space is just plain huge coming in at a gargantuan 21 cubic feet. And with the 60/40-split rear bench and front passenger seats folded flat, cargo items up to 9 feet long can fit inside the car.
With its competent engine and six speed automatic transmission, the Taurus provides able acceleration and a comfortable ride. And compared to some other mid-size and full-size sedans, the Taurus does a better job at muting highway road noise.
2009 Ford Taurus Sedan:
SE, FWD: listed retail price: $25,170, invoice price: $23,103
SEL, FWD: listed retail price: $26,670, invoice price: $24,453
SEL, AWD: listed retail price: $28,520, invoice price: $26,118
Limited, FWD: listed retail price: $30,670, invoice price: $28,053
Limited, AWD: listed retail price: $32,520, invoice price: $29,718
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