In addition to the facelift, Ford has also gifted its 2013 Taurus with a new powertrain: the same 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-4 found in the Explorer, Edge, Escape, and upcoming Fusion. Additionally, the new 2.0-liter Taurus has been rated by the EPA to achieve up to 32 mpg on the highway.
While Ford has yet to release the EPA city rating for the 2.0-liter engine in the Taurus, it does say that it will achieve 26 mpg combined. By our math, that means that the final mileage estimate should come out to 22/32 mpg city/highway. In the Taurus, the 2.0-liter turbo-four is tuned to produce 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The 2013 Taurus is also offered with a 288-hp 3.5-liter V-6 good for 19/29 mpg with front-wheel drive (the base configuration) or 18/26 with all-wheel drive; the all-wheel-drive-only Taurus SHO, with its 365-hp 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6, is rated at 17/25 mpg. All Taurus models use a six-speed automatic transmission.
Compared to the competition, the 2.0-liter Taurus beats all of its rivals on both the city and the highway by at least one mpg. The second best in the class are the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 2012 Dodge Charger, both of which are rated at 19/31 mpg city/highway when equipped with the 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic.
The 2013 Ford Taurus with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 will be available at Ford dealerships later this year; pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.