Sure, it doesn't make the enthusiast heart flutter. But for those of us who need something competent to haul ourselves, our loved ones and all our stuff without breaking the bank I think Ford has a pretty good package in this car. http://www.fordvehicles.com/Cars/2008taurusx/ A friend of mine back in the midwest emailed me saying he's trading in his ratty old Escape for a new family vehicle that won't bankrupt him to purchase or operate. He's married and has a child with another on the way. I suggested the Taurus X. He's going to pick one up.