Woman at the Wheel €" Ford Taurus

Valencia Mohammed €" WI Contributing Writer | 1/3/2009, 5:05 p.m.

2008 Ford Taurus Has New Look

The 2008 Ford Taurus features more than 500 improvements that make it more distinctive, quieter, faster and safer. Highlights include new exterior styling, a new powertrain, a new all-wheel-drive system, more standard safety features and structural upgrades to further enhance crash protection.
€Customers will find the 2008 Taurus delivers more of what they are looking for, including a strong design, high-quality interior, power and performance, must-have features like Ford Sync and a great safety reputation,€ said Cisco Codina, Ford€s group vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service.
The 2008 Taurus features Ford€s 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers an estimated 260 horsepower €" an increase of nearly 30 percent from the previous engine €" and 245 pound-feet of torque.
The new look of the 2008 Taurus features Ford brand€s signature three-bar chrome grille, a sculpted hood with crisp accent lines and a new front fascia chamfered at the outer edges, adding more structure to the design.
New tail lamps carry a strong, horizontal theme to the rear, while a new rear fascia houses dual chrome-tipped exhausts. Chrome side vents, door handles and mirror caps give the high-line model a more expensive appearance.

For 2008, the Taurus team has delivered interior quietness that rivals many luxury cars. The new sound package includes such technologies as expandable foam pellets in the A-pillars to reduce wind noise and the use of an advanced sound-deadening material.
The 2008 Taurus features the most spacious interior of any large sedan, with best-in-class legroom front and rear and 60/40-split fold-flat second-row of seats. With the fold-flat front-passenger seat, items up to nine-feet long can fit inside.

Additional standard safety equipment includes dual-stage driver and passenger front air bags, seat-deployed side air bags for driver and front passenger, and Ford€s Safety Canopy side curtain air bags for both rows. For an added measure of safety, a new steering wheel design recesses the air bag 15 millimeters farther away from the driver.
The 2008 Ford Taurus starts at $23,245 (MSRP); Mercury Sable, starts at $23,540.