By James Bergeron

Photo Gallery:
2008 Ford Taurus X

Day 1:

2008 Ford Taurus X
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Ford has been attempting a turn around of sorts for the last two or three years. Starting with the Fusion, then the Edge, they have been attempting to add a little bit more style, content and pizazz to their vehicles. Last year at the Detroit autoshow they launched the new Ford Five Hundred which later became the Taurus.

Ford has taken a lot of flack for this name change; comments like: “Do they really think calling it the Taurus is going to help sales?” are heard everywhere in automotive circles. To give credit where credit is due, though, they didn’t just slap the name on it. They also revised the Five Hundred’s drive train, which by all accounts is wonderful.

2008 Ford Taurus X
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This week I get a taste of another renamed Ford: the Taurus X, formerly known as the Freestyle. To be nice, the Freestyle was not a vehicle that broke very many sales records. Ford decided they would slap that wonderful Taurus name on the back of the Freestyle and add an “X,” because obviously this is a crossover, and voila! New vehicle!

Obviously, some other changes took place besides that one made to the badge on the tailgate. The drivetrain is the same one used in the Ford Edge, pairing a wonderful Duratec 3.5L V6 engine producing 263hp and 249lb/ft of torque, with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Freestyle was equipped with a 3.0L V6 engine producing only 203hp and coupled to a CVT (continuously variable transmission) which didn’t inspire much excitement.

One would think being named the Taurus “X” this vehicle would be standard all-wheel drive, but one would be incorrect on that assumption. Available in SEL and Limited trim levels in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, the Taurus X has a starting price of just over $35,000.

My tester is a fully-loaded Limited AWD model with voice activated navigation, Sirius satellite radio, leather seating, sunroof, seating for six and the ever-popular rear DVD entertainment centre.

All these great options of course bring the price pretty close to $50k ($47,939), for what seems like a rather roomy crossover that blurs the line between minivan and SUV.

2008 Ford Taurus X
MSRP as tested inc. destination & delivery: $47,939

For more information on Ford and the Taurus X visit Ford Canada

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