Ford Focus ZX
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Newport News, VA
Re: First Drive: Edmunds Drive the 2008 Taurus
I might add, these few hours later, that I took the time to test drive a new Taurus. The one I laid hands on was a Dune Pearl SEL. I'd generally agree with the Edmunds assessment of the car, as my own impressions, of a drive done on local streets, would about amount to a thumbnail sketch. The things that stick out are that, with a non-telescoping wheel, long legged drivers are encouraged to take a morally upright driving position. Of course, I was comfortable doing so, the armrests meeting my elbows naturally. One tends to stroke one's chin while plotting the next move...
The other thing I noticed about the interior was that, as nice as the gauges were before, the latest design is an improvement. Without resorting to the things Lexus and Toyota tend to, it's nice looking. As a whole, you'd have to be a terribly whiny person to nitpick the inside.
The increase in power is noticeable, though I didn't get to use it much. I don't recall what sort of fuel economy I got on my Five Hundred drive, but I did reset the trip computer, and averaged about 18.5 in this one.
The softer ride is appreciated when roads here are in a perpetual state of repair and reconstruction. Truthfully, it was hardly painful driving over two manhole covers that presented a raised surface compared to the street.
On the whole, it still hasn't changed that much. It is pleasant, but not all that involving. But there you go, how much more can you refine an engine? How much faster can you make a car priced for mere mortals move? After a point, does it matter?