Generation 5 - 2008 to 2009

[ Compiled by: Stocker ]   [ First Posted: May 12, 2009 ]   [ Last Modified: February 17, 2010 ]

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All Gen 5 Models

  • Taurus trim levels: SE (see 2009), SEL, Limited
  • Sable trim levels: Base, Premier
  • The Taurus and Sable returned as full-size sedans after hiatuses of 6 months and two years, respectively. They replaced the Ford Five Hundred and the Mercury Montego. A crossover utility, the Taurus X, replaces the Freestyle and is the "wagon" offering.
  • The dome lamp is the only item carried over from the Gen 4.
  • The 3.5 liter Cyclone V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission is the only powertrain.
  • All-Wheel Drive is available on all models.
  • The Taurus features Ford's new trademark three-bar grille, while the Sable has Mercury's slightly trapeziodal "waterfall" design.
  • All Tauruses and Sables feature woodgrain trim on the dashboard. Higher-trim models are available with woodgrain on the door panels, steering wheel, and shift knob as well.
  • The Taurus has the license plate in the trunklid, while the Sable's is in the bumper.
  • Taurus Limited has chrome accents on the side mirrors, SE/SEL models do not.
  • Taurus and Sable interiors are essentially identical.
  • An analog clock is standard on Taurus Limited and all Sables.
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2008

  • A rear-seat DVD Entertainment System for the rear seat is available on any non-moonroof series except the base Sable. It features an 8-inch screen and includes two sets of wireless headphones and a remote control.
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2009

  • The Taurus SE is (re)introduced as an entry-level model. It is only available with AWD as a fleet order.
  • An electrochromatic rear-view mirror is now available.
  • The rear seat DVD player is discontinued.
  • Navigation system is no longer available on the Taurus SEL.
  • Chrome wheels are now standard on Limited and unavailable on SEL.
  • The last Sable was built May 21, 2009.
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Misc. Pictures

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