What's New for 2013:
- Revised exterior styling
- New 4- and 6-cylinder engines
- New fuel-efficiency, handling, infotainment and safety technology
The restyled 2013 Ford Taurus is available in SE, SEL, Limited and SHO trim levels, with the SHO set apart by its unique styling details for a sportier look. The trunk holds a class-leading 20.1 cubic feet of cargo, according to Ford.
For 2013, Ford upgraded the Taurus's interior with new cloth-wrapped roof pillars, soft-touch materials on the sides of the center console, additional sound-deadening insulation, new seat cushions, and a new steering wheel design.
Ford offers a multi-contour massaging front seat option for the 2013 Taurus, as well as Active Park Assist, MyFord Touch technology, premium Sony audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Leather, a power sunroof, keyless entry and push-button start, and a power rear window sunshade are also available. The Taurus SHO can be equipped with a Performance package including bigger wheels, performance tires and brakes, and recalibrated steering.
Under the Hood
The standard Taurus engine for 2013 is a 3.5-liter V-6 with variable valve timing, rated for 288 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 254 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. A direct-injected, turbocharged, 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine is optional for SE, SEL and Limited trims, and produces 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm.
The Taurus SHO is equipped with a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine with 365 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,500 and 5,000 rpm. It requires premium fuel for maximum power, but can operate on regular gas as well.
All Taurus models are equipped with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard on Taurus SE, SEL and Limited, while the SHO features standard all-wheel drive (AWD). The AWD system is optional on other trims, except with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine.
Active grille shutters improve efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag for SE, SEL and Limited models. As this overview is written, the EPA has only rated the V-6 versions of the 2013 Ford Taurus:
- Taurus 3.5L V-6 FWD: 19/29/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Taurus 3.5L V-6 AWD: 18/26/21 mpg
- Taurus 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 AWD: 17/25/20 mpg
The 2013 Taurus is equipped with 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, MyKey programmable safety features, and Sync connectivity with 911 Assist. An adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning and brake support is optional, along with a blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert.
The 2013 Taurus has been named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).