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Sync system offers integration with all Bluetooth-enabled phones and music players
Available navigation system (Limited)
Options include a moonroof, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, satellite radio
From high-tech gadgets to creature comforts, the 2009 Ford Taurus offers features that impress TheCarConnection.com and other reviewers.
The 2009 Ford Taurus is offered in three trim levels, with varying degrees of standard features across the lineup. Beginning with the base SE, ConsumerGuide says that it includes "air conditioning, [a] tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, cruise control," and full power accessories, along with an "AM/FM/CD/MP3 player." The Ford Taurus SEL offers upgrades in the form of "dual-zone climate controls, 8-way power driver seat w/lumbar adjustment, heated power mirrors, AM/FM radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer, [and] satellite radio," according to ConsumerGuide. Regarding the upscale Limited trim of the 2009 Ford Taurus, Edmunds reports that "leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, front seat heaters, a memory system for the driver seat/mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded audio system with a six-disc CD changer, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, and an analog clock" are all standard. The Ford Taurus Limited also includes the SYNC wireless interface, which Edmunds claims "allows voice activation of cell phones and entertainment systems." MyRide.com simply advises that "if you're thinking that like the old Taurus, this one's a stripped fleet leader, think again," pointing out that standard equipment "is extensive, including a full complement of airbags, a tire-pressure monitoring system...traction control, and keyless entry."
Optional features on the 2009 Ford Taurus are numerous and highly desirable. Cars.com reports that "options include a moonroof, backseat DVD player, navigation system and rear parking sensors." Edmunds adds "satellite radio" to that list, while ZDNet reviewers are impressed with the "very advanced navigation system and voice command, a feature we haven't seen on a Ford until now." They aren't as happy with the stereo, which they deem "over-amplified," saying that at "half volume it was almost painful, and above that the speakers started rattling. This isn't a finely balanced system, but it does produce satisfying bass. The overall audio quality is also good, although it lacks crispness in the high range." This criticism of the audio system is virtually the only negative TheCarConnection.com finds in reviews of Taurus features.
A new base model, which comes relatively well equipped, makes getting into a 2009 Ford Taurus even more affordable than before.