If you can stomach the exterior, the 2008 Ford Taurus X presents a practical solution for hauling people or cargo. Equipped with Sync and navigation, you get a good range of tech with some stand-out features.
The Taurus X uses Ford's three-bar grille, and a nose that's more sedan than SUV height. Vents below the bumper look like they should have been covered with something, but Ford chose to leave them as big, gaping holes.
The real ugliness of the Taurus X is revealed in profile, where big wheel arches are exaggerated by a two-tone paint job. If you opt for the top trim level, you at least get a solid paint job to mask some of the hideousness. But the jutting C-pillar stands out regardless.
Particularly nice features of the navigation system are that it reads out the names of upcoming streets, and that you can adjust your route with this turn list on the fly, by hitting the Avoid buttons.