The US Environmental Protection Agency has certified the 2013 Ford Taurus, powered by Ford Motor Co.'s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, of having a highway driving rating of 32 mpg and city driving rating of 22 mpg, for a combined city-highway rating of 26 mpg. The EPA certification allows Ford to claim mpg leadership in the mid-sized and luxury sedan segment, topping rivals like the 2012 versions of the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC, Porsche Panamera S Hybrid and Toyota Avalon.
Aside from the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, buyers could also choose from two other powerhouse choices. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine that provides 365 hp of output and 350 pounds-feet of torque comes with the top-of-the-line Taurus SHO, receiving a highway driving rating of 25 mpg and a city driving rating 17 mpg.
The base Taurus, meanwhile is fitted with a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 that gets a highway driving rating of 29 mpg and a city driving rating of 19 mpg. Ford will roll out the base Taurus this summer with a starting price of $28,390, including shipping. The other two models are already available on the market.
Ford ensures the quality of the new Ford Taurus by further refining its design. Using the 2010 iteration as the basis, the new Ford Taurus now sports a more muscular hood, as well as larger wheels and tires. In addition, the new Taurus now features raised rear quarter panels, allowing it to accommodate larger, full LED taillamps. Thus, even without having to make the new Taurus larger or heavier, Ford was able to make the vehicle more streamlined and more athletic.
For the latest model year, the Ford Taurus boasts of better driving dynamics – greater handling and ride quality -- something that drivers could easily feel. This was achieved by transitioning to EPAS as well as by optimizing its hard-mounted steering rack with a faster ratio, springs and dampers. In addition, the new Ford Taurus now features torque vectoring control, a system that employs slight and almost imperceptible amount of braking force on the outside front wheel when the Taurus is accelerating from a corner – resulting to an effect similar to a limited-slip differential.
Torque vectoring control makes the Taurus feels more compact and more maneuverable, and endows it with more control as it goes faster through curves. Torque vectoring control – typically found in high-ticket sports cars and comes as standard in the new Ford Taurus – should allow less-seasoned drivers to build their confidence.
Moreover, the latest iteration of the Taurus features curve control, which could slow down the vehicle when it determines that the driver has inadvertently entered a curve too quickly. Curve control would then apply four-wheel smart braking, thereby enabling the Taurus to drop its speed by up to 10 mph in just around one second. This technology was developed on the heels of more than 50,000 crashes annually in the United States that occur when a driver enters curves or drives past on- and off-ramps too quickly.