Fuel Efficient: ’13 Ford Taurus

2013 Ford Taurus

The 2013 Ford Taurus — the Blue Oval’s technology and performance flagship sedan — is now a class leader for large sedans in in both city and highway fuel economy.

The Taurus’ new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is certified at an impressive 32 mpg on the highway. Demonstrating that fuel economy isn’t limited to compact cars, all three engine options for the Ford Taurus model have now been certified at 25 mpg or higher in EPA highway estimates.

Under the hood

For 2013, the Ford Taurus is available in four models: SE, SEL, Limited and SHO. And a choice of new engines offers Taurus customers increased fuel efficiency.

Ti-VCT 3.5-liter V6 engine

First, there’s the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, which has been updated for 2013 with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), adding 25 horsepower plus 1 mpg city and 2 mpg highway in EPA estimates compared to the previous Taurus base V6.

This engine is rated at 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy ratings are 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway (FWD) and 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg (AWD).

The 3.5-liter V6 is offered as standard equipment in Taurus SE, SEL and Limited series models.

EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 engine

Next, the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 — standard equipment in the high-performance Taurus SHO _ is Ford’s most powerful EcoBoost offering, delivering 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

The fuel economy rating for this engine is 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

2.0L EcoBoost I4

Then there’s the fuel economy star, the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost I4 engine—ideal for full-size sedan buyers seeking maximum fuel efficiency.

The EcoBoost 2.0-liter features 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque while delivering highway fuel economy of 32 mpg. City fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg.

Walk around

Just as head turning as the engine beneath its hood, Taurus’ looks begin with design refinement.

Building on the completely reinvigorated 2010 model, the new Taurus features a more muscular hood. Wider wheels and tires fill out the wheel well openings, giving the car an athletic stance. Rear quarter panels house LED taillamps. And without increasing overall dimensions or vehicle weight, the new Taurus looks more streamlined and sporty.

Careful craftsmanship

Inside, details abound. Taurus’ interior craftsmanship is elevated through expanded use of soft touch, high-quality materials inside the cabin. Upgraded materials across the instrument panel, throughout the center console, cloth-wrapped A-, B- and C-pillars, and fully trimmed trunk space are evidence of continuous improvement. Additionally, this five-passenger sedan offers an estimated 20.1 cubic feet of luggage capacity.

The 2013 Taurus range is built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly facility. To learn more about the Ford Taurus, visit your local Southeast Texas Ford dealer or www.ford.com.