Its greatest liabilities are that it has little appeal for the image-conscious and that it's aesthetically flawed inside. With the introduction of the and , Ford was making a transition to front-wheel drive. Taurus Car Club of America. In addition to the backrests, the whole chair adjusts forward and back, allowing you to share legroom with the third row. With an improvement in horsepower over the previous Five Hundred, the new 3.
However, with very few exceptions, everyone I put in the second row noticed and griped about the lack of inboard armrests on the captain's chairs. If you were to force me to take an interstate trip in the wayback of a midsize crossover vehicle, I'd want it to be this one. The second generation sold just as well as the first, becoming the best-selling car in the , a title it would retain for as long as this generation was sold. The Taurus was produced as a four-door sedan through its entire production, with a five-door hatchback station wagon offered from 1986 to 2005. By the numbers, the front seat isn't especially roomy, but at 6 feet tall I found it more than workable.
It was also the first Ford models to come standard with side airbags. Some exterior remodeling, a larger engine and a conventional automatic transmission have improved the Taurus X, whose main selling points are a Top Safety Pick designation by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a very roomy standard third-row seat. The Limited is completely monochromatic. There's little body roll or feeling of tipsiness, but the tires give up grip pretty easily in aggressive cornering. Unfortunately, it may have missed its window of opportunity.
You might say the Taurus X is the ex-Freestyle. Although smooth and comfortable, the Taurus still doesn't have a pillow-soft ride like the Toyota Camry or a refined look like the Chrysler 300, but at a cheaper starting price, it proves more than sufficient for those looking for a large family sedan with a lot of optional features to choose from. It was determined that Ford's strategy to redesignate new cars in the lineup with new names beginning with the letter F, as in , , and , was not a good marketing move, as some of the renamed cars had highly recognizable iconic names. The announcement was part of a plan by Ford Motor Company to cut costs and increase profits. All models received upgrades to the steering and braking systems to improve driveability, including standard Torque Vectoring and curve control improving tracking at higher speeds. Many spring-loaded seats require no strength to raise, and some require no effort to lower, but you seldom get both. Archived from on September 2, 2011.
Due to waning popularity and customer demand, Ford decided to gradually discontinue the Taurus. Ford designated the model as the Taurus, after the demise of the concurrently marketed fourth generation 4G Taurus and to take advantage of its customer recognition and dealer demand. It was an overstatement in the sedan's case, but the Freestyle was borderline; fill it with people or cargo and take to the hills, and you'd find acceleration wanting. Alongside the Ford Blue Oval emblem itself, the Taurus repeated the shape several places in its exterior; in a controversial design element, the rear window of the Taurus was oval, as were the side windows of the Mercury Sable. Deming told Ford that management actions were responsible for 85% of all problems in developing better cars. When production ended in 1995, more than 1,400,000 second-generation cars had been sold.
Show full review Editor's note: This review was written in October 2007 about the 2008 Ford Taurus X. Ford made some upgrades and renamed it after concluding that people didn't know what it was. Now that Ford has attempted to fix the Freestyle's main problems, the Taurus X is definitely a more viable product. The five-star rating given to the Taurus and the Sable is the highest safety rating being given by the government agency. Production ended on October 27, 2006, as Ford idled the Atlanta plant, as part of its. To simplify production, all versions of the Taurus were fitted with bucket seats; six-passenger versions were fitted with a flip-forward center seat cushion also meant for use as a center console; five-passenger versions were fitted with a floor shifter and center console. Following market demand, the new Taurus was available solely with V6 engines and an automatic transmissions.
Everything from the generous use of wood accents to the available leather seating and contemporary analog clock exude bargain luxury. The liftgate itself is the most common location and not always within reach. This means that the interior of the Taurus can be spartan or luxurious, depending on the buyer's choice of options. The head restraints collapse tight against the backrest, and a single lever flips the spring-tensioned backrest down and then tumbles the seat forward and out of the way. The Taurus was withdrawn after the 2007 model year, with production ending on October 27, 2006.
To see what's new for 2009, click , or check out a of the two model years. To me — someone who was ferried to day camp in a Ford Country Squire station wagon — it still looks like an overgrown wagon. Car buyers in the U. Though my knees were raised somewhat, I was as comfortable as I've been in almost any third row in a vehicle of any size. Archived from on February 12, 2009. The Ford Expedition is a notable exception. My X had the option, and its numbered straps made it simple to lower and raise, though not as simple as the second row.
On the plus side, the button that lets you close it without the keyfob is on that pod, where shorter people can access it. Archived from on June 15, 2006. The Freestyle's wasn't the best executed. To easily accommodate longer items, the front passenger seat also conveniently folds flat. The Taurus X is built just a few miles from Cars. I prefer to see form follow function, but that doesn't mean form doesn't matter at all.