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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 260 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

4 years old and still like the day I bought it new

By on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfort, quiet ride."

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

"I have 135000 miles on this car in 4 years and it is still rides like new. Quiet spacious interior and extra large trunk. I drive long distances and the seat is supportive and comfortable. All options, sync, Bluetooth, heated seats are still operating as new. Never had to service except for tires, brakes and oil changes. Averages 25-26 MPG overall. Looking to get another one soon."

13 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Best Car Ever

By on Monday, November 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

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: "Best driving car I have ever owned!"

Cons: "No problems."

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

"This SHO is the best car I have ever owned. I purchased it in May 2011 but it was a new 2010 model. It has excellent performance, is comfortable and the electronics are fantastic. It is a pleasure to drive, the service has been superior and I have had virtually no problems. It is truly a marvelous machine."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Fantastic Automobile!

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I don't own this car

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: "pleaser to drive, great creature comforts, powerfu"

Cons: "gets very dusty around bottom of doorjams"

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

"I own a 2013 limited and man,after owning A Nisson,Toyota, and a Ram1500, im thrilled to be back in a fabulous car.its got tire chripping torque,roomie,all the comforts of a Lincoln or Cadie. I will never part with this car!!!"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

A solid feel and a well built car.

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solid feel, well built, great driving car"

Cons: "Tire noise, strange down shift"

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

"Fun car to drive on the highway with great MPH for a large car. The 3.5 liter motor has the power to get the job done. Love the fighter jet feel on the inside but, could feel a little close inside if your not into the cockpit feel. The exterior is more progressive then the conservative style of Fords past body designs. The only negatives about the Taurus is the road noise from the low profile tires, new tires might help this problem. A strange down shift when coasting on a down hill, don't see it as a problem just feels strange."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Beautiful Automobile!

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,550

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: "Beautiful car. Good gas mileage. Plenty of power."

Cons: "Thick side pillars."

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

"2011 Taurus SEL. Most beautiful car on the road. Ford designers really did a good job. Love the body style. Great gas mileage for a car this size. Can't say enough about it here."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Many mechancal design flaws. Not a high milage car

By on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "None in mind."

Cons: "Maintenance, poor brake system."

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

"Braking system is a joke. Calipers , brackets, rotors and bearings of poor design and worse quality. Have had several issues and made my own modifications and it needs constant monitoring. Lucky I'm an engineer and a mechanic myself. Transmission has always shifted hard and is constantly shifting while coasting downhill. Not engineered well. Overall this thing is nothing like the original Five Hundreds. The five hundred was a fantastic car with an excellent ride and mileage and a vey low maintenance car. This thing is the exact opppsite."

9 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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