The Ford Taurus is available in three trim levels for 2009--a new base model SE, an SEL and a top-of-the-line Limited. Taurus SE comes in front-wheel drive only, while SEL and Limited models can be specified with front-wheel drive or with a traction-oriented all-wheel-drive system.
All Taurus models are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine making 263 horsepower and 245 ft-lb of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission across the range. This combination brings impressive fuel economy for a large car, with EPA ratings of 18 mpg city, 28 highway.
The Taurus has an unusually versatile interior for a sedan. The back seats are split 60/40 and fold flat to expand the cargo floor, and the front passenger seat will also fold flat to accommodate narrow items up to 9 feet long.
Standard conveniences on the SE include air conditioning, leather shift knob and steering wheel trim, tilt steering, remote keyless entry, and 6-way power driver's seat. The SEL adds dual-zone climate control, an in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer with satellite radio, heated mirrors and automatic headlights. The top-end Limited model steps up to leather seating, heated front seats, SYNC entertainment system, adjustable pedals and an upgraded sound system.
A wide range of safety features are included in the Taurus, such as AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, driver and front passenger side airbags, Safety Canopy side-curtain bags and anti-lock brakes. The steering wheel design positions the driver's front air bag far away from the driver to enhance its effectiveness.
Major options include adjustable pedals, a power moonroof, a navigation system, a DVD entertainment system, Sirius satellite radio, a reverse sensing system and remote start.