2013 Ford Taurus

SE FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

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2013 Ford Taurus
2013 Ford Taurus

New For 2013

A face-lifted 2013 Taurus debuted in the first half of 2012. A few months later, Ford announced a new engine option, the turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost, with which the Taurus gets up to 32 mpg on the highway. The already high-performance Taurus SHO has a new performance package with a firmer suspension and larger brakes.


The Taurus was redesigned just a few years ago, but it has already received a makeover. The 2013 model gets an exterior update that includes a wider front grille, narrower headlights, a restyled hood, and LED taillights. The interior has a nicely designed center stack, improved soft-touch materials, and an updated version of the oft-criticized MyFord Touch. New high-tech features for 2013 are a curve-control system, which applies the brakes if the car enters a sharp turn too quickly; active park assist; and torque-vectoring control, which is newly standard across the line. Under the hood, the standard 3.5-liter V-6 carries over, but it receives a bump to 288 hp and 254 lb-ft. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is a new engine option, and it ups fuel economy to 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway—quite impressive for a full-size sedan. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional on the SEL and the Limited. The most aggressive Taurus is the all-wheel-drive SHO, which sports a 365-hp, twin-turbo, direct-injection V-6. The SHO benefits this year from larger brake rotors and a new booster and master brake cylinder, which provides strong, fade-free deceleration. There is an optional performance package for the SHO that includes twenty-inch wheels, performance tires and brake pads, and a specially tuned suspension.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; tire-pressure monitors; programmable MyKey; the SOS Post-Crash Alert System; and blind-spot mirrors are standard. BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) is optional on the Limited and the SHO. A rearview camera and adaptive cruise control with collision warning are available.

You'll like:

  • Lots of available features
  • Roomy trunk
  • Available four-wheel drive

You won't like:

  • Big and heavy
  • SHO is expensive

Key Competitors For The 2013 Ford Taurus

  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Dodge Charger
  • Nissan Maxima
2012 Ford Taurus SHO Hennessey Trunklid
When we typically think of Hennessey, Vipers, CTS-Vs and Raptors come to mind, and of course, the epic Venom GT. But those aren't the only options the company offers. And if you don't have a five-to-six figure tuning budget, Hennessey still offers a reasonably wallet-friendly option to get your kicks. If you're the owner of a Ford Taurus SHO, and crave just a little more kick than is offered by the stock configuration, Hennessey's got the fix for your need for speed.
2013 Ford Taurus SHO Front Right View
To explore the American West, I, just like Edward Weston, will need a car. Weston is my hero and one of America's iconic photographic masters. Back in 1936, when he was already well on his way to international recognition, Weston bought a new Ford touring sedan (with the help of a Guggenheim grant) that allowed him to explore and photograph the American West over a two-year period. In doing so, he produced what many think is his best work -- and the photographs that most influenced my career.
2012 Ford Police Interceptor Front Three Quarter
Because the newest crop of cop cars weren't menacing enough, Ford and Dodge have seen fit to upgrade their offerings for 2013. Ford has added another engine option to its Taurus-based Police Interceptor, while Dodge has given the fuzz the right to order all-wheel drive on the Charger Pursuit.
2013 Ford Taurus SHO Front Right Side View
When the SHO version of the Taurus debuted a couple of years ago, it was a big disappointment, mainly due to its inferior brakes. You cannot put a powerful engine under the hood of a big, heavy sedan and market it as a sport sedan, encouraging prospective owners to take it to track days, if you don't equip the car with adequate brakes. Well, actually, you can do that, because that's exactly what the Ford Motor Company did with the last Taurus SHO. Every enthusiast media outlet, including Automobile Magazine, called them out for it, and rightly so. I recall driving the Taurus about 5 miles on a straight stretch of two-lane, never going more than 70 or 80 mph, and applying moderate to heavy braking three or four times. When I got home after this brief drive, the brake pedal was soggy and the brake pads smelled horribly. I got out of the car in disgust and never had a kind word to say about the SHO thereafter.
2013 Ford Taurus Front Three Quarter
Ford has been on a fuel economy mission the past few years. It has led the pack in downsizing and turbocharging engines across its line to achieve better mileage without sacrificing performance. In this vein, Ford has added a third powertrain option to the Taurus for 2013: a 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder.

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2013 Ford Taurus Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
29 MPG
285 hp @ 6500rpm
253 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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