Best as I can tell, the Ford Taurus X crossover vehicle is designed for the consumer who wants minivan features without the minivan exterior. Most models of this car come with a two-tone paint job that does not help the car appear sophisticated and classy. The specimen I drove was the top-of-the-line, Eddie Bauer Limited, in all black. With this paint job the car does present a decent profile. I think the three wide chrome bars that Ford is using on the nose of their vehicles now is basically â€œtoo loudâ€ of a signature, but with the all black I do not mind as much.
Inside the vehicle the Taurus X has lots of family friendly features. There is a built-in convex mirror that allows the driver a good view of what is happening in the third row of seats. This model has a DVD player that works with wireless headphonesâ€”or regular headphones for that matter. The second row of seats is a roomy set of captainâ€™s chairs and a center console with cup holders, which makes transporting 4 adults quite comfortable. This center console does make the last row of seats much more difficult to access than in a mini-van, and Iâ€™m not sure kids could climb back there without some seat-folding help.
The navigation unit in this car is a highlight as it allows one to enter multiple destinations and navigate between them, for those times when you have more than one place on your list (practically always, especially if youâ€™re a mom). Plus, the nav unit can be controlled with voice command and has a text-to-speech feature that will read the names of upcoming street signs, so the driver need not be watching the screen.
Lastly, a word about the overall handling of the car. Itâ€™s a v-6 with good power, but his crossover still drives like a truck for me, especially around freeway curves. Acceleration was smooth enough, but turning and maneuvering always made the vehicle seem mammoth.