2008 Ford Taurus X vs. Its Competition

2008 Ford Taurus X 4-door Wagon Limited AWD Angular Rear Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The slow-selling Chrysler Pacifica, which has been discontinued after this model year, has been the Taurus X's closest rival, though the Pacifica has slower acceleration and doesn't handle any better than the 2008 Ford Taurus X; it's also won top crash-test results across the board.

At the back, the Taurus X's third row is roomier, with easier access.

The Outlook is one of a group of new GM crossovers that includes the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia; it performs well and has a more refined ride than the Taurus X, though it feels smaller inside than the Pacifica and Taurus X, and its third row is tight.

The same goes for the Honda Pilot, which is also rated well for safety and has a tight third row of seating.

Some may find the Pilot's faux-rugged, boxy appearance alluring.

2008 Ford Taurus X 4-door Wagon Limited AWD Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Taurus X
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Quick Specs
Don't look to the 2008 Ford Taurus X for driving excitement, but otherwise, it's darn near the most perfect family wagon there is.
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
The attractive 2009 Saturn Outlook is a large, comfortable utility vehicle built with families in mind.
The 2008 Chrysler Pacifica isn't long for this world, but still offers good interior seating and flexibility.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Mid-Size Wagon2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleLarge
Style Name   
4-Door Wagon SEL FWD2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door XE4-Door Wagon LX FWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door Wagon
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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