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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door SE
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door SE 16 22 $20,941 $22,240
4WD 4-Door SE 15 21 $22,488 $23,900
2WD 4-Door R/T 16 21 $23,075 $24,560
2WD 4-Door SLT 16 22 $23,075 $24,560
4WD 4-Door R/T 16 20 $24,622 $26,220
4WD 4-Door SLT 15 21 $24,622 $26,220
4-Door Wagon SEL FWD *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon FWD SEL 17 24 $25,958 $28,270
4-Door Wagon AWD SEL 15 22 $27,623 $30,120
4-Door Wagon FWD Eddie Bauer 17 24 $28,712 $31,330
4-Door Wagon FWD Limited 17 24 $29,608 $32,325
4-Door Wagon AWD Eddie Bauer 15 22 $30,377 $33,180
4-Door Wagon AWD Limited 15 22 $31,272 $34,175
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,941
$25,958
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,240
$28,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$371 / month
$471 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line Ford may never call it a wagon for marketing reasons, but the 2009 Ford Taurus X is just that—practical, convenient, safe, and quite possibly one of the best wagons ever produced.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sports Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 37.7 40.4
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 39.4
Second Hip Room (in) 47.4 56.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 58.5
Passenger Capacity 5 6
Second Head Room (in) 40.8 39.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 58.0
Front Leg Room (in) 40.8 40.8
Front Hip Room (in) 56.8 55.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 146.2
Third Leg Room (in) - 33.4
Third Hip Room (in) - 46.9
Third Head Room (in) - 38.6
Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 64.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 178.9 200.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 69.9 67.6
Liftover Height (in) 33.3 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 64.4
Wheelbase (in) 108.8 112.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.1 74.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 65.2 85.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 20.8
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 32.1 47.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x 1.1 12.4 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.4 x 0.5 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.5 19.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.4 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.3 40.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.42 3.2
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code TRY NA
Front Tire Size P225/75R16 P215/65R17
Spare Tire Size Compact T135/90D17
Front Tire Order Code TRY NA
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Rear Tire Size P225/75R16 P215/65R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3971 4033
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 160 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5200 263 @ 6250
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 235 @ 4000 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code EKG 99W
Displacement 3.7L/226 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 24
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.21 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.57 2.87
Trans Order Code DGV 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 4.48
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.84
Trans Type 4 6
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 2WD Sport Utility
Vehicle Name Dodge Nitro Ford Taurus X
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - .71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear Live Axle Independent multilink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 5
 
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