Top Safety Pick

2008 Ford Taurus X

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2008 Ford Taurus X 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2008-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Ford Taurus X SEL 4-door 4wd

The Ford Taurus X was re-engineered with a new engine for the 2008 model year. In addition, electronic stability control was added as a standard feature beginning with the 2008 models. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification. This vehicle was known as the Ford Freestyle in the 2005-07 model years.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2008-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Ford Freestyle SEL 4-door 4wd with optional head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and optional front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Ford Freestyle was introduced in the 2005 model year. The vehicle was re-engineered with a new engine for the 2008 model year and renamed the Ford Taurus X. In addition, electronic stability control was added as a standard feature beginning with the 2008 models. The engineering changes do not affect side impact performance.

Side airbags were made standard in all 2007 Freestyle models manufactured after September 2006 (side airbags were optional in 2005-07 models built in September 2006 or earlier). Note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door. Beginning with 2008 models, all Taurus X models also have standard side airbags.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2008-09 models

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry