Review: 2013 Ford Taurus

The 2013 Ford Taurus continues the models tradition of combining performance, style and affordability into one model.

For this year, Ford updated the Taurus with new aggressive front and rear styling signals and even higher levels of precision. The Taurus also features two new engines under the hood.

The new standard engine is a 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine that features up to 29 MPG on the highway. In the upgraded SHO Taurus, you’ll get a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that combines turbocharging and direct-injection to deliver V8 performance along with great fuel economy. the 3.5L generates 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. There is also a 2.0L EcoBoost I4  Engine. This engine provides 240 horsepower and 270-lbs ft of torque. This engine gets up to 32 MPG.



As you work your way up the line, the Taurus can come fully loaded with all the available features. Like all Fords, the Taurus comes with available SYNC MyFord Touch that lets you customize systems likes climate control, and available voice activated Navigation, and stores your phone contacts and phone music. Simply press one button, and your Taurus becomes your personal genie.

The Ford Taurus also features Active Park Assist. Even better than just a backup camera, Active Park Assist uses sensors around the vehicle and parallel parks itself.

Another combination of safety and technology is BLIS — Blind Sport Information System with cross traffic alert. BLIS uses radar on the rear quarter panels to detect a vehicle entering your blind spot. It then uses an indicator on the sideview mirror to detect you of any potential dangers.

Interior Design

The Taurus looks like a luxury car on the inside, but you aren’t shelling out the big buck for the luxury model. You can get a Taurus with heated or cooled front and back leather seats, leather steering wheel, push button ignition, and navigation. All Taurus models come with a choice of 17-19 inch alloy wheels, depending on which model you choose. The Taurus is available in 9 exterior colors and 5 interior colors.



With its comfortable interior and large trunk, the 2013 Ford Taurus is an appealing rendition of the classic full-size American sedan.

Pros: Long list of standard features and cutting-edge options; handsome and quiet cabin; humongous trunk; comfortable ride; available fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine; available all-wheel drive.

US News and World Reports

The Taurus continues to stand out with a balanced ride, huge trunk and low base price. It also does well in safety tests, and its list of standard safety features includes Ford’s unique MyKey, which helps parents keep tabs on their teen’s driving habits.

Automobile Magazine

“While the changes for the 2013 Ford Taurus are not revolutionary, they do improve the car’s driving dynamics, update its interior, and freshen its appearance. All of which should help keep the Ford Taurus from becoming stale in the minds of consumers.”

Consumer Guide

“Ford’s Taurus has a lot going for it. This large sedan is smooth, quiet, refined, and is surprisingly engaging to drive.”


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Lead blogger and content writer for the Waikem Auto Family in Massillon, Ohio. Product specialist in Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi models. 2008 Graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Married to wife Christina. Resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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