Consumer Reviews Summary
24 of 26 (92%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Ford Taurus Overview
The 2013 Ford Taurus is the blue oval’s flagship sedan and it receives a restyled front end, new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and fuel economy/power improvements to the V-6 for 2013. Ford also added Torque Vectoring to improve driving dynamics and Curve Control, which senses when corner entry speed is too high and applies the brakes.
With this year’s styling refresh the Taurus takes on more of the look found on its European-designed siblings – the Focus and Fiesta. While the front has the same angular, crisp lines, the back end is boxier and the sides more understated. Standard 17-inch wheels are replaced with 18-, 19- or 20-inch rims depending on package and model. For the high-performance SHO, there are a couple of badges, a different grille, 19- or 20-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.
The Taurus’ new engine offering is a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine producing 270 pounds-feet of torque. Ford introduced the turbocharged four-cylinder engine to give shoppers the fuel economy benefits of a smaller engine, without giving up V-6 performance. The standard powerplant is a 288-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 developing 254 pounds feet of torque. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions with sequential sport mode. All-wheel drive is available. The SHO gets a 365-horsepower, 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V-6 engine with 350 pounds feet of torque mated to a stouter six-speed automatic that feeds power to all four wheels.
With the new turbocharged four-cylinder Taurus returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, impressive for a sedan of this size. The V-6 checks in with 19/29 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive V-6 numbers drop to 18/26 mpg city/highway. The four-cylinder’s ratings are better than the Toyota Avalon’s or Hyundai Azera’s, while the V-6 Taurus matches its competitors’ V-6 figures. New for 2013 are active grille shutters that close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics and fuel economy. SHO fuel economy comes in at 17/25 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the 2013 Taurus includes air conditioning, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and tilt/telescoping steering wheel as standard equipment. As expected, leather upholstery is available along with MyFord Touch and Sync, which support hands-free calling, navigation and Bluetooth audio streaming. Optional heated and cooled front and heated back seats and heated steering wheel are nice touches in a non-luxury sedan. Multi-contour front seats offer available Active Motion, a massage system designed to fight driver fatigue. The Taurus seats five with bucket seats up front and a bench seat in back. SHO models feature steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, sport seats, and adjustable aluminum pedals.
Taurus safety features include stability and traction control systems, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist, six airbags, and high-strength steel occupant safety cage. Adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support, and Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert are optional. Parents opting for the optional MyKey system can set audio volume and maximum top speed limits.