2009 Ford Taurus X vs. Its Competition

2009 Ford Taurus X SEL
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Saturn Outlook is one of a group of GM crossovers that includes the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia; it performs well and has a more refined ride than the Taurus X, though it feels smaller inside than the Taurus X, and its third row is tight.

The same goes for the Honda Pilot, which also rates well for safety and has a tight third row of seating.

Some may find the Pilot's faux-rugged, boxy appearance alluring.

Otherwise, the Subaru Tribeca is another alternative, with a style that, to some, says SUV while actually serving as a station wagon.

The Tribeca handles much better than the Taurus X and is more exciting to drive, but it also has a cramped third row.

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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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The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
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The attractive 2009 Saturn Outlook is a large, comfortable utility vehicle built with families in mind.
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The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
MSRP From   
$28,270$27,695$30,625$29,995
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas 6-cyl
EPA Class   
2WD Sports Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4-Door Wagon SEL FWD *Ltd Avail*2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door XE4-Door 5-Pass
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
6885
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2WD Sport Utility4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic