2013 Ford Taurus
The Ford Taurus has had quite a ride over the years, since its debut as a mid-size car in 1986, including disappearing from the Ford line-up briefly, only to reemerge as the full size car that it is today. Well, the journey continues as the 2013 Ford Taurus is further refined and re-imagined.
All models now take design cues from the sportier SHO Taurus with new front end and hood designs. The grille is wider and headlights are updated, wheels are also wider giving this bull a more athletic stance and the hood has been reshaped with a more prominent bulge. While out back there’s a new deck lid and redesigned LED tail lights.
The SHO itself gets updated as well, with a re-designed black mesh grille between HID head lights; new 19-inch wheels, a larger rear spoiler, and SHO badged fender vents. Brakes are bigger, and the suspension has been tweaked for further improved handling. A reformulated SHO Performance Package takes things a step further with track-ready brakes, recalibrated steering, a track-mode setting for the ESC, increased cooling, and 20-inch wheels with summer tires.
For the full Taurus line-up, 3.5-liter V6’s are still under the hood, in both regular and EcoBoost form, and get minor upgrades. But, the big power-train news is the addition of the 2-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, which should deliver 31-mpg on the highway. All engines come with 6-speed automatic transmissions.
Inside, are the latest versions of Ford SYNC and MyFord Touch systems, as well as updated materials, and a new optional heated steering wheel. The layout is the same, but just about every surface has been updated with new materials, many of them softer to the touch. Fronts seats are more comfortable, and additional sound deadening material has been added to help further subdue power-train noise. Safety updates include Torque Vectoring and Curve Control system from the Explorer and all-wheel- drive remains available. Pricing will begin at just under $27,000 when the new 2013 Ford Taurus goes on sale this summer. The SHO will sticker for $39,000.
Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Price: Starts just under $27,000