It's rare for a vehicle to earn a perfect 10 in the safety category from TheCarConnection.com, but then again it's also quite unusual to come across a vehicle that features as many appealing safety qualities as the 2009 Ford Taurus X.
The 2009 Ford Taurus X boasts perfect crash-test ratings from both of the major testing authorities. In IIHS tests, the Ford Taurus X earns "good" ratings, the highest possible, in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. The IIHS also sees fit to award the 2009 Ford Taurus X a 2009 Top Safety Pick, citing the Ford Taurus X's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control." The NHTSA also awards the Ford Taurus X perfect scores in every impact category, including five-star ratings in front and side impact tests.
Aside from phenomenal crash-test ratings, the 2009 Ford Taurus X offers a wealth of safety features, including one new addition for 2009. Car and Driver reviewers positively gush about the "first-rate crash ratings" and the fact that the 2009 Ford Taurus X has "enough airbags to cushion a Mars lander." The Washington Post offers a bit more about the airbags, reporting that the 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." USA Today reviewers add that the Ford Taurus X features "anti-lock brakes, plus stability-control and anti-rollover systems." The new safety feature for 2009, according to ConsumerGuide, is "Ford's SOS Post-Crash Alert system, which flashes the turn signal lamps and honks the horn to alert first responders to the vehicle's location."
The 2009 Ford Taurus X also offers impressive visibility from the commanding driving position. Cars.com reports that the "driver has a good view of the road without being needlessly high," although the "optional flip-down video screen for the backseat made [the] rearview mirror almost useless." ConsumerGuide adds that the Ford 2009 Taurus X's "visibility is generally good, though the view to the rear corners is hindered by roof pillars." One other criticism comes from USA Today, which mentions that a "backup camera is not available."