Both the 2008-model Ford Taurus and Taurus X feature Ford’s 3.5L Duratec V-6 engine, deliver an estimated 260 hp (an increase of nearly 30 percent from the previous engine) and 245 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard 6-speed automatic transmission provides 44-percent better acceleration, according to Ford.
2008 Ford Taurus New taillights, a signature three-bar chrome grill, crisp accent lines, and a new rear fascia give the 2008 Taurus a facelift, and according to Ford, give the vehicle the same appeal of the Ford Fusion. The Taurus has a large trunk at 21.2 cu. ft., and is available in two trims: Taurus SEL and Taurus Limited. The new Taurus X crossover builds on the strength of its namesake. Crossovers have already surpassed SUVs in annual vehicle sales, and Ford predicts they will become the largest or second-largest segment in the U.S. by the end of the decade. The three-row, seven-passenger Taurus X complements the Ford Edge. The exterior of the Taurus X picks up design cues from the Edge, including step-up headlamps and a three-bar chrome grille. Taurus X sports a new rear fascia, Fusion-inspired taillamps, and chrome dual exhaust tips. A new roof rack gives the Taurus X a tough, rugged design.
2008 Ford Taurus X Ford’s Committed to Safety
The structure of the Taurus is engineered with crush zones designed to direct excess energy around the passenger compartment into a high-strength safety cage. The Taurus was rated America’s safest full-sized car by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and received 5-star ratings in frontal-impact (driver and passenger) and side-impact (front and rear seats). Both the Taurus and Taurus X have what Ford calls “SPACE” (Side Protection and Cabin Enhancement) Architecture — a cross-car beam under the front sear to reinforce the structure of the vehicle and further direct energy away from passengers.