- Exceptional interior room
- Surprisingly adept handling
- Strong braking performance
- Huge trunk
- Available Sync audio controller
- Dowdy looks, especially from behind
- Utter lack of sporting feel
- Interior trim a step behind in look and feel
A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
When Ford dropped the Taurus from its lineup in 2007, it marked a fast fall for the sedan from the very top of the market. The 1992 Ford Taurus had been a class leader; for years, the Taurus was the best-selling car in America. By 2007, it had become a rental-car special.
Under new leadership at Ford, the company resurrected the Taurus nameplate for the 2008 model year and applied it to the Ford Five Hundred, a large sedan introduced in 2005. That new sedan shared running gear with the Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle, which explains the vast interior spaces inside today's Taurus.
The 2008 Ford Taurus comes in two editions: a base SEL and an up-level Limited. Both share the same 263-horsepower V-6 engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard. All-wheel drive is an option; fundamentally sound handling is standard.
While the Taurus's engine is powerful enough, it groans and doesn't contribute to the car's otherwise solid quality and execution. The interior's a bit drab, but it's pieced together well, and there's plenty of storage space in the console and door panels. The 2008 Ford Taurus's seats are perched high, giving drivers a commanding view of the road, and the glassy cabin offers great visibility. That, the large switchgear, and a comprehensive package of airbags, stability control, and available all-wheel drive make the Taurus one of the safest cars on the road.