For 2009, Ford Taurus is upgraded with standard stability control and a new base SE model. Powered by a 3.5L V6 that cranks out 263 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque, the Ford Taurus makes the 6-speed automatic transmission mandatory, however, allows a choice between front- and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is rated at 18 city/28 hwy and 22 mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models, while all-wheel drive drops the Taurus to 17 mpg city/24 hwy and 19 combined. 2009 Ford Taurus safety features include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and an "SOS Post-Crash Alert System" that unlocks the doors and activates the horn and emergency flashers in the event that the airbags must be deployed. Options include reverse parking sensors, power-adjustable pedals, a sunroof, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, satellite radio and the Sync multimedia integration system. The 5-passenger Ford Taurus full-size sedan is known for its comfort, safety and spaciousness.