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2013 Ford Taurus

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2013 Ford Taurus Review

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Once a competitor to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the 2013 Ford Taurus now plays in a class occupied by larger, more luxurious cars like the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300. The Taurus offers a choice of powerful engines, including a fuel-sipping, turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder and a twin-turbocharged V6. The Taurus' base engine is a normally aspirated V6 that, unlike the EcoBoost engine, can be equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD). Ford's 2013 Taurus is highly functional, but its aggressive looks, tall shoulders and somewhat restricted rearward view may not appeal to more conservative shoppers. However, if those shoppers are also technology geeks, the Taurus' long list of communication and connectivity hardware may quickly force a change of heart.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the solid feel of a full-size vehicle, but want something more modern and maneuverable than an old-fashioned SUV or wagon, the 2013 Ford Taurus is worth a test drive. Lincoln-like luxury features plus the performance-oriented SHO trim place this car in a league well above the average family sedan.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Purists will decry the Taurus' lack of a proper V8 engine, while those who like smaller cars with better outward visibility and a more airy interior may find the 2013 Ford Taurus to be a bit claustrophobic. Those seeking maximum fuel efficiency will be happier in a Ford Fusion Hybrid or a Hyundai Sonata.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Ford Taurus receives a mild exterior freshening, with a new grille and headlight treatment, new wheel designs, and larger LED taillights. A new EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is offered, delivering V6-like performance and 32-mpg highway fuel economy. New features include an available heated steering wheel.

Driving the Taurus

Driving Impressions The 2013 Taurus takes the full-size sedan to new levels, delivering a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride, with the adept handling and driver feedback usually found in a more enthusiast-oriented...

car. Credit for the Taurus' excellent driving dynamics goes in part to "torque vectoring" and "curve control" modules. These systems use very slight brake force applied at specific wheels to improve the car's steering when moving rapidly around tight corners. From the driver's seat, we found the sightlines to be better than expected, but the wide B-pillar located just over the driver's shoulder and thick front and rear pillars somewhat hindered our view to the side. Fortunately, the Taurus' exterior mirrors are a vast help, as is the optional "BLIS" system that warns of objects too close to the vehicle's side when changing lanes. Ford's new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine has no problem delivering power with no perceptible turbo lag.

2.0-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE
Ford's turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine cranks out 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque (that's more torque than Ford's standard 3.5-liter V6), yet attains an impressive 32-mpg highway figure.

FORD'S MYKEY
This system can be used to restrict vehicle speed, limit audio system volume and control other functions when a specific key is used to start the vehicle. In effect, MyKey lets parents better control the driving habits of their children, even when they aren't along for the ride.

2013 Ford Taurus Details
2013 Ford Taurus photo Interior

The Ford Taurus' interior can easily carry five passengers, although we think four would be more comfortable. Up front, available massaging seats help negate leg and back fatigue on long drives and can also be climate controlled to provide both heating and cooling. Most of the Taurus audio and navigation controls can be operated via buttons on the steering wheel or by voice command. Further separating itself from the pedestrian family sedan, the 2013 Taurus offers such upscale options as automatic high-beam dimmers, Adaptive Cruise Control, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), and a power sunshade for the rear window.

Exterior
2013 Ford Taurus photo

Compared to most sedans, the Ford Taurus is far from being in the norm. It's a tall sedan, with wide doors and a low roof, and a steeply raked windshield and rear window. The Taurus' large rear deck creates a vast 20-cubic-foot trunk capable of carrying a week's worth of luggage or two golf bags, and the low liftover makes it easy to get things in and out.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Included on the 2013 Taurus' list of standard equipment are a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power driver's seat, steering-wheel controls for audio and cruise control, power windows with one-touch up/down functions for the driver, and Ford's programmable MyKey system. The standard audio system is a 6-speaker CD player with an auxiliary audio input jack. Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags protecting both the front and rear passengers.

Optional Equipment

Many of the high-tech features offered on the Taurus are typically reserved for more expensive luxury cars. Among the more interesting options are seats with massage function, automatic high beams, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control with collision warning. Other options include heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, Intelligent Access with push-button start, a power rear sunshade, power adjustable pedals, the SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system (standard on Limited and SHO), and a 12-speaker premium Sony audio system. On the safety front, the optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) alerts the driver when other vehicles are in his blind spots, while Cross-Traffic Alert warns of approaching traffic when you're backing up.

Under the Hood

All 2013 Ford Taurus trims start with a 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Optional on front-wheel-drive (FWD) models is the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder. The Taurus SHO offers 77 more horsepower than the standard Taurus V6, thanks to the use of direct-injection technology and twin turbochargers. With the exception of the SE trim, all Taurus models also feature steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, providing manual control of the transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional on both SEL and Limited trims and standard on the Taurus SHO.

3.5-liter V6
288 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
254 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 mpg (FWD), 18/26 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPC city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (SHO)
365 horsepower @ 5,550 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,250 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg

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2013 Ford Taurus Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 231 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

The latest generation Taurus SHO is a BEAST!

By on Friday, March 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Styling, power, incredibly FUN to drive."

Cons: "Can only imagine what a TT V-8 would do."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"With a 3.5L twin turbo powered V-6 @ 365 HP this car is a wolf in sheep's clothing for sure. Ford has really increased the quality with this vehicle and not only the power but the comfort and all the options are outstanding. If you are looking for a superior car that had a sticker price of $45K you can most likely buy one now for right at $30K (we gave $27,900 for our one owner, Ford Certified Pre-owned), and with a 100K mile warranty on the drive train. A ton of bang for your buck if you want to "buy American.""

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent car!!!

By on Thursday, March 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I previously owned a 2010 Taurus SEL and after 3 years of outstanding service I upgraded to a 2013 Taurus Limited. I have now owned this for 2 years and really enjoy driving this car. It's not only a head turner but a fun car to drive with plenty of power and reliability. My favorite features are the voice activation, navigation, and SONY entertainment system. Everything works flawlessly. The only downside is rear visibility when backing up but with a back- up camera it is acceptable. It's very likely I will stay with Taurus come time for my next car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent car for comfort and performance.

By on Friday, March 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Amazing power."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is crazy fast. All the comfort and accessories of pricey European sedans. A joy to drive and smoke the beamers off the line."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Guaranteed to have you grinning!

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,035

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smiles by the miles!"

Cons: "Wide "A" and "B" pillars create blind zones"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"On P. 43 of the CR annual auto review, comment about the SHO model was "quick but not that engaging to drive". Reviewer needs to have his first cup of coffee before driving SHO. In fact, I recommend always have a cup of coffee before driving the SHO because that baby will flat pin your ears back if you are not fully awake. I had a 1990 SHO and there is no comparison. Loved the 1990 one, but WOW! Outstanding performance, sure-footed handling and "eat my dust" style are all anyone could ever want with the latest SHO! And all this fun at 24.5 mpg! I've gone to heaven!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

This is the best car I've ever driven

By on Friday, March 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Great ride"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second Taurus SHO, I had a 2010, and was very happy. I could not resist an upgrade to the '13. It has every thing I could want in an auto. The handling, the ride, the performance, all excellent. I routinely drive more pricey "upscale" autos including a couple of late model Mercedes Benz cars and my SHO outdoes them all. The gas mileage could be a little better, but if one drives the Ecoboost 3.5 engine conservatively, it could be better. That's not to say I drive very fast or race away from dead stops, it's that in the city and with the regular amount of traffic I encounter, my gas mileage is affected. Interesting that Ford rarely advertises the Taurus, even with the keen popular interest that I have seen with my 2010 and 2013 models. Good luck to Ford and keep up the fine work !"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent performance and superior design.

By on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great gas milage and performance..."

Cons: "Noticable less leg room in back seat area."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Strong road appearance

"Ford Taurus is/and has been far ahead of the competition in design and options from engine performance to roominess and options that today's families desires and needs."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Strong road appearance

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