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2008 Ford Taurus

At a Glance

Pricing $23,485 - $29,320
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 3.5l V6
Transmissions A6
Fuel Economy 17-18 (city), 24-28 (highway)

Overview Information

After a brief stint as the Ford Five Hundred, the Taurus name re-emerges on a reworked version of the same sedan. Although somewhat conservatively styled, the Taurus is a more competitive vehicle than any vehicle to wear the Taurus name for some time. The Taurus rides on a modern platform that features a fully independent suspension and optional all-wheel-drive. A new 3.5L V6 provides significantly more power than the 3.0L V6 that launched with the Five Hundred and the CVT transmission dropped in favor of a standard six-speed automatic. What hasn't changed is the large interior with above-average rear seat legroom and a generous trunk. The Taurus is a good buy with prices starting at $24,000 for a FWD model. The Taurus offers a compelling alternative to the successful Chevrolet Impala.

What Changed:

The Ford Five Hundred receives a minor styling refresh and a new name. Aside from wearing the Taurus name, the biggest visible change is a new front end featuring the Ford three-bar grille. Horsepower is boosted to 260hp with the inclusion of a 3.5L V6. The CVT transmission options have been dropped leaving a six-speed automatic as the sole transmission.

Official Word:

The 2008 Ford Taurus features more than 500 improvements that make it more distinctive, quieter, faster and safer. Highlights include new exterior styling, a new powertrain, a new all-wheel-drive system, more standard safety features and structural upgrades to further enhance crash protection. "Customers will find the 2008 Taurus delivers more of what they are looking for, including a strong design, high-quality interior, power and performance, must-have features like Ford Sync and a great safety reputation," said...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Taurus SEL 3.5l V6 (263-bhp) A6 FWD 18/28/22 $23,485
Taurus SEL 3.5l V6 (263-bhp) A6 AWD 17/24/20 $25,335
Taurus Limited 3.5l V6 (263-bhp) A6 FWD 18/28/22 $27,470
Taurus Limited 3.5l V6 (263-bhp) A6 AWD 17/24/20 $29,320