Available this year is Ford’s entry in the large car, the 2013 Ford Taurus. The Taurus looks to make an impact this year with its great standard features. The 2013 Ford Taurus is available in three trims available – SE, SEL, Limited and SHO. The powertrain depends on the trim, with higher trims featuring more powerful standard engines. The base engine is a 3.5L V-6 that generates 290hp, 255 lbs. of torque at a fuel rating of 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway. The second engine type is a turbocharged 2.0L that generates 240hp, 270 lbs. of torque with an estimated fuel rating of 26 mpg. The Taurus SHO trim features a 3.5L twin turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 365hp, 350 lbs. of torque, at a fuel rating of 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.
The 2013 Ford Taurus has great cargo space at 20.1 ft3. Seats are very comfortable, and you can opt to get the multi-contour seats which feature a built-in massage for one’s back. The dashboard is also great, with MyFord Touch in three touchscreen displays with the ability to receive voice commands.
The 2013 Ford Taurus comes with air-conditioning, cruise control, tilt-telescoping steering wheel, a 6-speaker audio system w/ CD player and auxiliary audio jack. On higher trims you can get more features like heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, Sync, a 12-speaker audio system w/ HD satellite radio, and Bluetooth/iPod connectivity.
Standard safety features for the 2013 Ford Taurus include front seat side/side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability/traction control, rear parking sensors, and blind spot mirrors. Optional safety features which are available on higher end trims include a pre-collision/blind-spot warning system, a cross-traffic warning system, and a rearview camera.
Price range of the 2013 Ford Taurus is at $26,400-$34,200. The Taurus features a great powertrain, together with great standard features especially inside the cabin. The huge trunk is also a plus for consumers who plan on carrying more.