Bought this as a replacement for a 2005 500 SE with the CVT transmission. The new engine and transmission is better than the old 3.0/CVT setup for everyday driving and the ride is softer and quieter too. I like the interior better with richer looking woodgrains and improved fit and finish. The exterior is where my disappointment lies. This is where I like the 500 better. The rear end of the 08 Taurus looks plainer than the 500. The 500 also had body side moldings which help protect the sides of the car and broke up the tallness and plainess. Seems like this is happening on many new cars, a way for the manufacturers to cheapen the car and save money perhaps. Also a glovebox light would be nice
Room and comfort are top notch. Trunk pace is huge. New engine is a noticeable improvement over old 3.0 liter and the 6 speed automatic is more agreeable than the CVT. A lot of equipment for the money.
Body side moldings should be an option. Glovebox needs a light, steering needs more feedback and make the springs firmer like the 500. A telescoping wheel would also be nice.