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Ford Taurus

A face-lift and a new engine.

The Taurus was redesigned just a few years ago, but it has already received a makeover. The 2013 model gets an exterior update that includes a wider front grille, narrower headlights, a restyled hood, and LED taillights. The interior has a nicely designed center stack, improved soft-touch materials, and an updated version of the oft-criticized MyFord Touch. New high-tech features for 2013 are a curve-control system, which applies the brakes if the car enters a sharp turn too quickly; active park assist; and torque-vectoring control, which is newly standard across the line. Under the hood, the standard 3.5-liter V-6 carries over, but it receives a bump to 288 hp and 254 lb-ft. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is a new engine option, and it ups fuel economy to 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway — quite impressive for a full-size sedan. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional on the SEL and the Limited. The most aggressive Taurus is the all-wheel-drive SHO, which sports a 365-hp, twin-turbo, direct-injection V-6. The SHO benefits this year from larger brake rotors and a new booster and master brake cylinder, which provides strong, fade-free deceleration. There is an optional performance package for the SHO that includes twenty-inch wheels, performance tires and brake pads, and a specially tuned suspension.

COMPETITORS

Buick LaCrosse

Chevrolet Impala

Dodge Charger

Nissan Maxima

new for 2013

A face-lifted 2013 Taurus debuted in the first half of 2012. A few months later, Ford announced a new engine option, the turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost, with which the Taurus gets up to 32 mpg on the highway. The already high-performance Taurus SHO has a new performance package with a firmer suspension and larger brakes.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; tire-pressure monitors; programmable MyKey; the SOS Post-Crash Alert System; and blind-spot mirrors are standard. BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) is optional on the Limited and the SHO. A rearview camera and adaptive cruise control with collision warning are available.

High Mileage

MPG

CITY 17–22

HWY 25–32

PRO

Lots of available features

Roomy trunk

Available four-wheel drive

CON

Big and heavy

SHO is expensive

Base Price Range: $27,395–$39,995

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: SE, SEL, Limited, SHO

BODY STYLE: Sedan, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 2.0L turbo I-4, 240 hp, 270 lb-ft

3.5L V-6, 288 hp, 254 lb-ft

3.5L twin-turbo V-6, 365 hp, 350 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 102.2 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: 20.1 cu ft

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