Used 2009 Ford Taurus X

2009 Ford Taurus X
MSRP Range
$28,270 - $34,175

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride, genuine three-row seating, top-notch crash test scores.
  • Hit-or-miss interior materials quality, steering column doesn't telescope, V6 sounds coarse at higher engine speeds.
Ford Taurus X years
2009
Ford Taurus X for Sale

Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2009 Ford Taurus X is a good choice for families who want near-minivan functionality in an SUV-ish package.

Vehicle overview

With prominent platform-mates like the Ford Taurus, the Lincoln MKS and particularly the hip new Ford Flex, the 2009 Ford Taurus X can be forgiven for feeling left out. Riding on the same "D3" platform that underpins those more memorable models, this understated crossover SUV has much to offer families who need a practical people hauler that won't break the bank. The Taurus X is pleasant to drive, and it will accommodate six or seven passengers almost as ably as a minivan. Throw in decent performance, a comfortable ride and available all-wheel drive and you've got all the makings of an all-star family vehicle.

With 263 horsepower on tap, the Taurus X moves out smartly, though the engine snobs among us aren't high on the 3.5-liter V6's raucous noisemaking when you give it the crop. No one will mistake the Taurus X for a European sport wagon, but its handling is secure and its ride comfort is quite agreeable. In other words, this family-minded Ford is wholly adequate from the driver seat, with the exception of its frustrating non-telescoping steering column. That makes its versatility all the more impressive -- six honest-to-goodness adults can kick back in the Taurus X's spacious cabin, and while its 85 cubic feet of cargo space isn't going to have minivans or larger crossover SUVs quaking in their boots, it's still more than most people will ever need.

Another feather in the Taurus X's cap is the Ford-exclusive Sync multimedia integration system, which enables iPods and Bluetooth-capable cell phones to be operated via voice commands. The interior layout is otherwise unremarkable, a bit dated even, but it's undeniably user-friendly. Some may see the Taurus X's anonymous styling and identity as a drawback, but we like the idea of a vehicle that gives you the impressive functionality of a Flex in a less audacious wrapper -- and for a little less money, to boot.

Perhaps the Taurus X's biggest problem is the plethora of capable competitors in this hotly contested segment. The Buick Enclave/Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook quadruplets are all vying for your attention, as are the Hyundai Veracruz, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander. However, we think it's worth keeping the 2009 Ford Taurus X in mind as a dark-horse candidate. It's not the flashiest crossover on the block -- nor even the flashiest crossover among Ford's offerings -- but it provides just about everything a large family needs.

Ford Taurus X models

The 2009 Ford Taurus X is a crossover SUV with three rows of seating. There are three trim levels: SEL, Eddie Bauer and Limited. The default seating capacity is six, with second-row captain's chairs and a two-person split-folding third-row bench, but an optional second-row split bench seat increases capacity to seven on any trim.

The SEL comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power driver seat, an in-dash CD changer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, full power accessories, cruise control and a trip computer. Opting for the Freestyle Eddie Bauer earns you 18-inch wheels, two-tone leather upholstery in the first and second rows (vinyl for the third), wood grain interior trim, the Sync MP3 player and cell phone integration system, satellite radio and dual-zone automatic climate control. Power adjustments for both front seats (with memory for the driver), power-adjustable pedals, a two-tier center console and a six-CD changer with MP3 compatibility also come with the Eddie Bauer. Finally, the Freestyle Limited adds front-seat heaters, a second-row center console (on six-passenger models), a premium Audiophile stereo, reverse park assist and a cargo net.

Options include 18-inch chrome wheels, adjustable pedals, reverse park assist (on SEL and Eddie Bauer models), Sync, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rear-seat climate controls, heated second-row automatic flip-forward seats, a moonroof and a power liftgate.

2009 Highlights

After extensive revisions last year, the Ford Taurus X carries over mostly unchanged for 2009.

Performance & mpg

The 2009 Ford Taurus X is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 making 263 hp and 249 pound-feet of torque. A conventional six-speed automatic routes this power to the front wheels, with AWD optional.

Fuel economy is 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined for the front-wheel-drive model, while the AWD version comes in at 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.

Safety

The 2009 Ford Taurus X is equipped with four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags with rollover sensors. It also features the SOS Post-Crash Alert System, which honks the horn and turns the flashers on in the event of airbag deployment. More impressive are the Taurus X's perfect five-star scores in all front- and side-impact crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Taurus X also received the top rating of "Good" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

Driving

While the 2009 Ford Taurus X won't set any land speed records, its 3.5-liter V6 provides surprisingly swift acceleration off the line, and families should be able to load up this wagon on road trips without causing it to strain on highway grades. However, we're not fans of the V6's noisy and unrefined engine note at higher rpm, along with the six-speed automatic's laggardly downshifts. The cabin is reasonably quiet at speed, and the Taurus X provides laudable ride comfort.

Interior

The Taurus X's cabin is pleasant and spacious, especially for first- and second-row passengers. Adults in the third row will still enjoy adequate head- and legroom, a rarity in non-minivans. Furthermore, the Taurus X's low step-in height and optional button-activated flip-and-fold second-row seats make third-row ingress and egress a cinch, if not quite as convenient as a minivan's sliding doors. The conservative dash layout won't get anyone's heart racing, but storage space and cupholders abound.

Materials quality is spotty, though. The Limited's leather upholstery looks and feels good to the touch, but the cloth upholstery in SEL models is unimpressive, as are the interior plastics in general. In brighter news, a deep 16-cubic-foot cargo well behind the third row provides ample carrying capacity, even with all seats upright. For more room, the second- and third-row seats fold flat into the floor, expanding capacity to 85 cubic feet.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2009 Ford Taurus X.

5 star reviews: 25%
4 star reviews: 62%
3 star reviews: 13%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.1 stars based on 8 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4.75 out of 5 stars, I LOVE MY TAURUS X
Ellen,

I studied, read reviews and visited many show rooms before purchasing my Taurus X. This was the best purchase of my life! The vehicle is economical, reliable, beautiful, roomy, and comfortable. I take many vacations with my family of 5, making this vehicle perfect for our needs. The seating configuration of 2 front, 2 middle and 2 3rd row, opens up the available space and allows passengers to see/communicate well. I am thrilled I had the opportunity to purchase this car and am saddened that Ford has decided to discontinue it. BIG MISTAKE FORD!!!!

4.375 out of 5 stars, Best car of this type
ford_lover2,

We needed a car with a third row of seating. After driving all kinds of models, we decided the Ford Taurus X was the most comfortable and easy to use. The car isn't terribly distinctive, but it is fairly user-friendly. We bought ours used and have only had it about 5 months, but so far we are very happy with it. It has almost as much room as our old Windstar van and it is has a very comfortable ride. The best part about it is that it has two rows of usable seats in the back. This particular model was only made for a few years but it is well worth it if you can find one. If not, go for a Flex which is almost the same thing.

2.5 out of 5 stars, Poor Gas mileage
Derek,

Overall the car rides nice, but the seats are very uncomfortable. Leather is not real leather, some type of bonded leather or whatever it is. Lots of issues with the window on driver's side not working. Been in the garage 6 times in 7 months for repairs. Center console very outdated.

4 out of 5 stars, Ford Taurus X review
ahoelk,

This is a good vehicle with great functionality, we had 6 adults in it for a weekend trip, plus luggage. The third row folds flat if needed. Ford had packaged this vehicle well with most 'toys' in the limited. I have all features including nav, sync, rear heated heats. My only complaint would be that "softer" materials should have been used - overall the fit and finish is much improved over previous Ford vehicles (this is my fourth). It is sad to hear that Ford has discontinued the production - wagons are just not popular in this market place - in Europe most cars are wagons. The engine/transmission performs well, but a manual shift mode would have been great.

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Features & Specs

Eddie Bauer 4dr Wagon AWD features & specs
Eddie Bauer 4dr Wagon AWD
3.5L 6cyl 6A
MPG 15 city / 22 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed automatic
Gas
263 hp @ 6250 rpm

SEL 4dr Wagon features & specs
SEL 4dr Wagon
3.5L 6cyl 6A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed automatic
Gas
263 hp @ 6250 rpm

Limited 4dr Wagon features & specs
Limited 4dr Wagon
3.5L 6cyl 6A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed automatic
Gas
263 hp @ 6250 rpm

Limited 4dr Wagon AWD features & specs
Limited 4dr Wagon AWD
3.5L 6cyl 6A
MPG 15 city / 22 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed automatic
Gas
263 hp @ 6250 rpm

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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

FAQ
Is the Ford Taurus X a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2009 Taurus X both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2009 Taurus X gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 8 reviews) You probably care about Ford Taurus X fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Taurus X gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 19 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Taurus X has 20.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford Taurus X. Learn more
Is the Ford Taurus X reliable?
To determine whether the Ford Taurus X is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Taurus X. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Taurus X's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2009 Ford Taurus X a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2009 Ford Taurus X is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2009 Taurus X gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 8 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2009 Taurus X is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2009 Ford Taurus X?

The least-expensive 2009 Ford Taurus X is the 2009 Ford Taurus X SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,270.

Other versions include:

  • Eddie Bauer 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $33,180
  • SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $28,270
  • Limited 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $32,325
  • Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $34,175
  • Eddie Bauer 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $31,330
  • SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $30,120
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What are the different models of Ford Taurus X?
If you're interested in the Ford Taurus X, the next question is, which Taurus X model is right for you? Taurus X variants include Eddie Bauer 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of Taurus X models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2009 Ford Taurus X Overview

The Used 2009 Ford Taurus X is offered in the following submodels: Taurus X Wagon. Available styles include Eddie Bauer 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Eddie Bauer 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2009 Ford Taurus X?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2009 Ford Taurus X and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2009 Taurus X 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2009 Taurus X.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

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