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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impact protection; four stars, rollover resistance
Top Safety Pick; good in frontal, side, and rear-impact crash tests
good view of the road
driver sightlines are better than average for a vehicle of this type
Kelley Blue Book
The 2008 Ford Taurus X is one of the few vehicles to which TheCarConnection.com awards a perfect 10 for safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) both give the 2008 Ford Taurus X high ratings, with IIHS awarding it Top Safety Pick honors. The NHTSA rates it at five stars across the board for front and side impact protection and four stars for rollover resistance.
Cars.com notes standard safety features included with the Ford Taurus X include "standard antilock brakes, front- and side-impact airbags for the front seats, and side curtain airbags that protect occupants in all three rows in a side impact or rollover," as well as an electronic stability system. The Washington Post notes that the 2008 Ford Taurus X's side bags are "designed with two chambers--one to deploy faster for better protection of the lower extremities and an upper chamber engineered to design more slowly to cushion the upper body without torso injuries."
Many sources comment on this Ford 2008 model's high degree of visibility; Cars.com notes "the driver has a good view of the road without being needlessly high." On the other hand, the "optional flip-down video screen for the backseat made [the] rearview mirror almost useless." ConsumerGuide also comments that the Ford 2008 Taurus X's "visibility is generally good, though the view to the rear corners is hindered by roof pillars."
Except for the rear visibility issues, the 2008 Ford Taurus X is as safe a vehicle as they come.