• Dec 4, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2008 Ford Taurus X

When the Freestyle failed to capture the attention of the crossover-buying public, Ford took action. Designers slapped a three bar grille on the front end, got creative with the headlights and upped the power with a Duratec 3.5L V6 engine. And they changed the Freestyle's name to the Taurus X. Well, either nobody noticed or they just didn't give a damn. Ford is finally set to end the roomy crossover's misery in February 2009 when the last model is built at Ford's Chicago plant. Ford cited in a brief release that ditching the Taurus X will enable the Dearborn-based automaker to focus its attention on the seven-passenger Flex. Since the Flex is both cooler and better than the Taurus X in every way, we'd say that was a good call. Farewell, Taurus X. We'll miss your, uh...13 cup holders.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a 2005 Ford Freestyle and I use it for daily driving. I think it's an O.K. car. The V6 definately has some pep to it but I'm not a big fan of the CVT transmission and it has given me some problems. Speaking of problems, I think I had it in the shop about 10 times at Ford for numerous problems. It's also noisy on the inside. But it has a lot of room and I have driven large groups of people with no problem. I'm getting rid of it now because it has 110k miles and I think the CVT is going bad. I'm just waiting to see what happens with the Big3 before I buy a new car. Because of my work I have to buy American-made.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The company I work for actually bought one of these for the fleet. I have driven it a few times and it is actually a decent car. I would consider it for my family. The V6 has some balls behind it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad these never caught on. My GF gets these for company cars and they have been great. Just got a new X on Monday and it is very nice. Put 99xxx miles on her Freestyle in two years with only one problem, the gauge cluster went out at 38xxx miles (Ford's warranty really should be longer than 3/36000). I could get 25-26 mpg on the highway if I went the speed limit. 22-23 at 80 mph. My GF averaged between 19-20 with a very heavy foot (she doesn't pay for her own gas). The X is an upgrade in almost every way, smooth, quiet, etc. I would recommend one to anybody. Check out the reviews online by owners. People that own these cars love them. Not sure where you live LS7, but these are all over the place in KC. I think maybe you haven't been paying attention, these are kind of anonymous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is too bad that Ford never really supported the Freestyle with marketing. I think it is a far more attractive than the Flex, and a better choice for most families than an Explorer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Which was a copy of the Mazda MPV in and of itself..."

        TJ -
        How was the 1995 front wheel drive Accord-based first-gen Honda Odyssey, with a fold-in-floor third row seat, a copy of the 1989 rear wheel drive/available four wheel drive Mazda MPV? Just because they had swing out rear doors?

        The 1999 Odyssey was much larger, long wheelbase Chrysler van sized. The front wheel drive 2000 Mazda MPV was about the size of the '95 Odyssey but had sliding doors, and had the in-floor third row and 2nd row seats that were either split or pushed together just like the '99 Odyssey...it was almost like a short wheelbase '99 Odyssey.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed, the Taurus X and Freestyle were (and still are) quite competent crossovers, I like to think of it as sort of the modern interpretation of the first gen Honda Odyssey-one of the best kept new car secrets of it's time.

        It's just that Ford never marketed the darn things at all.

        I only remember one ad for both cars, the bizzare yet endearing "divorce" one from a long time ago:
        http://www.slate.com/id/2148392/

        And they didn't even keep that one. Sure hope the flex doesn't suffer the same fate.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To your eye maybe. When I see one on the street (Freestyle or X) it looks dumpy and dated. The car buying public has agreed. The Taurus/Montego/Sable/Freestyle interlude was a voyage too far into the careful and mundane. It even bored minivan owners.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow...so after one year on the market...Ford is killing a seven seat station wagon...to focus on...their OTHER seven seat station wagon.

      This is why Ford does not deserve one red cent of any bailout money.

      Rather than spend a few dollars on advertising the Taurus X...Ford would rather spend billions on the stupid Flex...that is failing like every other Ford car on the D3 platform.

      Once the Taurus X goes away...those people who were looking at the Taurus X will not be strong armed into a Flex. Why? Price. The Flex is WAY overpriced for what you get...a re-skinned Taurus X. So why would anyone who is looking to spend $20-$25K on a FULLY LOADED seven seat station wagon pay $45K for the same vehicle...in a different wrapper?

      This is yet another example of Ford being Ford. And just like Ford of late...the replacement is butt ugly compared to the outgoing model

      The Escape and Edge are the same thing. Both hold 5 people, both can tow 3500 pounds, and both have extremely similar interior dimensions.

      There is no need for the redundancy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well Matt. They aren't asking for any money. Mullaly is in Washington carrying the water for GM and Chrysler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford's got really stupid naming strategy's now.

      I totally agreed with them when their SUV's started with E's and had to do with "jouneys":
      Excursion, Expedition, Explorer and Escape.

      Then everything went to sht and they come up with Freestyle and 500 and Flex.

      Then they go back to the old names and make the 500 the new "Taurus" and the Freestyle a "Taurus X"????

      Stupid.

      Just rename the Freestyle the "Excursion" and stop producing the Explorer or the Flex and decide which vehicle you want to keep - which would likely be the Flex instead of the Explorer.

      The new Taurus based on the MKS looks great but the current Taurus is UGLY - like a cop car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like driving them, people move out of the way :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jake... a little over the top there, huh?

        name calling like that for a single model that made it for only one product cycle? geez..
      • 6 Years Ago
      taurus who?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Taurus Bulba, Darkwing Duck's most implacable foe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Sable production is also being wound down. The Explorer is switching to a uni-body platform and will be produced at Chicago.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is a perfectly competent car, but the Flex is an amazing car. This is what the Taurus X needed: it needed to be supremely amazing, not just supremely competent, and this is why no one will miss it.
      • 6 Years Ago

      So the Taurus X is soon going to the The Taurus-Ex?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Taurus X would be a better option for almost anyone that was shopping for a truck based SUV unless you tow a really heavy trailer, but a minivan would be a better option for anyone thinking of a Taurus X.

      Yeah, the X has AWD, but who needs AWD? I live in the snow belt and have lived here all my life with only 2WD. Unless you are living in some remote area where they don't plow the roads promptly, you don't need the AWD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shame, this kind of suv will be the key for growing.

      All they needed to do was to improve it, few Ks cheaper, few MPG better, better interior.
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