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STYLING | 6 out of 10
General body shape of the new Taurus is the same as that of the previous Five Hundred
Clear, simple gauges, but audio and climate controls comprise many look-alike buttons
Still slightly deficient in terms of style (compared to the 300)
In its extensive research, TheCarConnection.com discovers that the 2009 Ford Taurus is an exceptional value in big sedans, if not a sporting or very stylish one.
Styling for the 2009 Ford Taurus hasn't changed one bit from the 2008 edition, although one new trim level has been added. Cars.com reports that the 2009 Taurus "is available in base SE, SEL and Limited trim levels," as opposed to just the SEL and Limited options from last year. Reactions to the exterior styling are mixed among members of the automotive press, although reviewers at MSN say that this 2009 Ford "looks dressed up on the outside, with eye-catching taillights and headlights and a grille reminiscent of the one on Ford's popular and smaller sedan, the Fusion." Several reviews read by TheCarConnection.com mention the similarity to the Fusion as well. Calling the Taurus's front fender chrome side vents "the tailfins of this decade," Car and Driver remarks the new styling makes the front of the car more "interesting" with "three-bar chrome grille and sexier rectangular headlamps."
A few negative opinions are also circulating on the Web, most notably at Cars.com, where reviewers claim that "those who think they're getting an upsized Fusion might be disappointed to see the Taurus in the flesh; with the same wheelbase and virtually unchanged dimensions, it keeps the Five Hundred's stodgy profile." Those same reviewers also dislike the clear lenses of the taillights, saying that change is "something a lot of automakers resort to when they need to spice things up...simpler red taillights seemed more fitting for a large family car."
The exterior of the Ford Taurus 2009 does sport some redeeming styling touches, but unfortunately, the interior offers far fewer. ConsumerGuide extends some praise, noting that the 2009 Ford Taurus features "clear, simple gauges, but audio and climate controls comprise many look-alike buttons and sometimes hard-to-read electronic displays, all set too low for easiest use." MyRide.com reviewers also point out that "the wood trim on Limited models warms the interior, but still looks fake," although on the positive side, they say that when "compared back-to-back with the Five Hundred the alterations are effective." Edmunds also feels that the interior is "handsome and functional," but Cars.com moderates their enthusiasm by recommending that "those who fancy a premium environment or imaginative design would do better in a Lucerne or Avalon."
It's certainly better-looking than the versions from earlier this decade, but the 2009 Taurus won't leave anyone drooling over its seductive styling.