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2008 Ford Taurus X Limited – Short Take Road Test

Highs: Improved powertrain, exemplary road manners, nifty new nose, spiffy interior.

Lows: Excessive brake fade, long stopping distances, puny towing limits.

2008 Ford Taurus X Limited – Short Take Road Test

When you peel away all the Gen-X pandering and celebrity worship of today’s new-car marketing, the heart of the U.S. business is still family transportation, and this revitalized Ford wagon is as well conceived for that market as any other.

Consider the attributes: First-rate crash ratings. Enough airbags to cushion a Mars lander. Seats for six or seven. Lighter than an Explorer, with a bit more cargo room. Minivan utility minus minivan stigma. Quiet interior. Rigid front-drive unibody. Ride quality that irons out lumps but maintains a hint of Euro firmness. Excellent all-around dynamics (although diluted by long stopping distances). All-wheel drive availability. Stability control standard.

With the exception of stability control, which is new for 2008, all these attributes applied to this vehicle when it made its 2005 debut as the Ford Freestyle. But if it was so terrific, why was it almost invisible? Could it have been the name, so easily confused with the Freestar minivan?

Ford has obviously thought better of that moniker, but there were more substantive issues—power, for one. A two-ton wagon was more than a 203-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 could propel with any zeal (0 to 60 in 8.2 seconds). And although our January 2005 road test gave the Freestyle’s continuously variable transmission a passing grade, this device was not loved by all. Then there was the bland styling, with its generic Ford face and cheap-looking wire mesh grille.

Behold the Taurus X. The powertrain issues have been addressed with Ford’s 3.5-liter V-6 (263 horsepower) and a six-speed automatic, a combo that propels this tall wagon to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds with none of the irritating engine crescendos that come with CVTs. The forgettable fascia has been refreshed with Ford’s Edgey three-bar grille, the rear end gets a power-liftgate option, and the interior sports improved materials and textures.

All of this adds up to a more desirable vehicle, albeit one that still defies easy classification. The shape says SUV, a message enhanced by a high seating position. But ground clearance is about the same as the Taurus sedan’s, and even with all-wheel drive (add $1850), off-road isn’t part of the deal here. Nor is there much towing capability (2000 pounds).

But if towing isn’t on your family menu, this X might mark your spot.

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Dick’s MacKenzie Ford
4151 SE TV Highway
Hillsboro, OR 97123



We Support Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland

We Support Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland

Learn more about the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club

The Mission:

“To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

Club History

Since 1946, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland has been providing thousands of young people throughout the Portland metro area with affordable, high-quality after-school and summer programs designed to help them develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. The Clubs offer kids what they want the most: safe, clean, fun places to go when they’re not in school; caring adults who respect and guide them; and challenging programs that teach them life skills and keep them engaged in productive activities.

The Inukai Boys and Girls Club

In October 2006, dozens of community leaders and investors joined with more than 300 Boys & Girls Club youth to witness the ground-breaking event of the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club. Preceding the ground-breaking, Club Kids and guests were honored with a visit by Former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, who took time to share a personal message for the Kids before participating in the ceremony.

The ground-breaking marked an important event in the Hillsboro Club’s history. With the investment of many community leaders and donors, the Hillsboro Boys & Girls Club was able to undertake a capital expansion project, adding an additional 12,000 square feet to the existing 8,100 square foot facility.

The new Club has been renamed the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club after the family of Richard Inukai, Board Chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area and major contributor to the Clubs operations and expansion effort. Mr. Inukai is also owner of Dick’s MacKenzie Ford and Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Hillsboro.

The Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club in Hillsboro