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2013 Ford Taurus Preview

5/16/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Standard engine adds power and fuel efficiency
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is new for 2013
  • Available Performance package adds sportier features
  • Optional MyFord Touch technology adds convenience features
  • Slight exterior and interior refreshes for 2013

Introduction
The Ford Taurus, which has been in production since the mid-1980s, was originally a midsize car, but was reincarnated for the 2008 model year as Ford's top-of-the-line full-size sedan. A new generation was introduced in 2010. It's available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). The current Taurus has a wide stance and an imposing profile, and a bold new grille has been added for the 2013 model year. It's available in four trim levels: base SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. The Ford Taurus' main competitors include the Chrysler 300, Toyota Avalon, and Hyundai Genesis, among others.

Exterior Features
The 2013 Ford Taurus features a long, rounded profile and a new and distinctive front grille treatment. It's offered in a choice of 10 exterior colors (depending on trim level). Standard are 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights with LED taillights, and an exterior keypad. The SEL upgrades to 18-inch wheels plus remote ignition and heated mirrors. The Limited trim adds a reverse sensing system and a rearview camera. The SHO adds xenon headlights.

Interior Features
The base SE trim features cloth upholstery (with a 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat with manual recline and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat), cruise control, air conditioning, power accessories, and 6-speaker sound system. The SEL trim level upgrades the cloth upholstery and adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Ford's Sync interface. Leather upholstery is optional on the Taurus SEL (along with power sunroof, rear spoiler, and more). The leather is standard on the Limited trim level, which also features an 8-way power driver's seat, 8-way power front passenger seat, wood-trimmed steering wheel, and other upgrades. The SHO adds paddle shifters to the steering wheel, as well as a sportier suspension and steering, plus upgraded leather/faux suede upholstery. The Taurus offers 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space.

Optional Features
Many individual options and packages are available for the Ford Taurus, at all trim levels, and many of these packages are incorporated as standard equipment on the upper trims. With the top SHO trim, the 402A equipment group includes heated and cooled front seats, a premium Sony sound system, active park assist, and automatic high beams with rain-sensing wipers. Other key options include 19-inch wheels (on the SEL), 20-inch wheels (on the Limited), sunroof, adaptive cruise control, navigation system, premium front seats with special contouring and a massage function, and (with the SHO) a performance package that includes higher-performance tires and brake pads plus adjustments to the steering, suspension, and final-drive ratio.

Under the Hood
The Ford Taurus' standard power plant is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. Optional is a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive and a 6-speed transmission are standard, and AWD is optional with the SEL and Limited trims, standard on the SHO model. The SHO also is equipped with a 3.5-liter, 365-horsepower, turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Ford Taurus are:

  • Taurus with standard V-6 engine and AWD: 18/26/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Taurus with standard V-6 engine and FWD: 19/29/23 mpg
  • Taurus with 4-cylinder engine and FWD: 22/32/26 mpg
  • Taurus SHO with turbocharged V-6 engine and AWD: 17/25/20 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2013 Ford Taurus include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side air bags, driver's-side knee air bag, and full-length side curtain air bags. The MyKey system allows the owner to set audio volume and speed limits for guest drivers. Many other safety features are optional.

In government crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Taurus received 5 (out of 5) stars for overall impact protection: 5 stars for frontal protection and 5 stars for side protection, and 5 stars for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Taurus a "Good" rating (its highest) for frontal-offset, side-impact, and roof strength protection.

Technology
Ford's Sync technology includes voice-controlled phone capability, automatic phone book download, photo transfer, voice-activated music search and radio tuning, an integrated navigation system, turn-by-turn direction, voice access to business listings, audible text messages, and much more. The MyFord Touch system is now available with simpler graphics, more user-friendly controls, and faster response times. Free upgrades are available to vehicle owners who already have the older system.

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