An all-new 2013 Ford Taurus, revealed at the April 2011 New York International Auto Show, aims to build on that success. The 2013 Taurus is expected to go on sale in the spring of 2012. The 2013 Ford Taurus will be available in SE, SEL, and Limited models. All will have the updated and upgraded 290-horsepower, 255-foot-pound 3.5-liter V6 engine as standard equipment. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine featuring direct fuel injection and variable valve timing will be available for improved fuel economy. The 2.0-liter engine will be rated at 237 horsepower and 250 foot-pounds of torque. All Taurus models will use a 6-speed double overdrive automatic transmission. The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO will feature the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo direct-injection V6 engine, rated at 365 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque, coupled to Ford's computer-controlled part-time all-wheel-drive system. The SHO uses the same 6-speed automatic transmission as the other models but gets paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The Taurus SHO will come with 19-inch alloy and black-painted wheels with Michelin high-performance tires.
In general, the 2013 Taurus is a remarkably comfortable vehicle, especially when loaded with comfort extras. On the road, the 2013 Ford Taurus offers a comfortable ride. Upgraded soundproofing materials make the interior of the Taurus one of the quietest available in its class. All Taurus models now use a version of electric-assist power steering to further aid in fuel economy. The SHO's is the sportiest with its unique tuning, but all are reasonably weighted and allow for easy maneuverability in parking situations. The firmer sport-tuned suspension underpinning the SHO model sharpens up the handling noticeably. All-wheel drive is optional on the base model and standard on the SHO, but it isn't available on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost version.
The 2013 Ford Taurus offers a classy-looking passenger cabin, particularly with the MyFord Touch system installed. The MyFord Touch interface consists of multiple display screens and the ability to input commands for various audio, phone and navigation functions via voice, touch controls or buttons on the steering wheel. The seating is quite comfortable, especially with the optional high-tech "multicontour" front seats with built-in massage. A cool new feature available on the new Taurus is MultiContour Seats with Active Motion. The multicontour driver and front-passenger seats, optional in Taurus Limited and SHO models, feature 6-way lumbar and subtle rolling-pattern massage. The bottom cushion features Active Motion®, which provides a therapeutic lower back and upper leg massage, helping reduce fatigue and making your ride more relaxing. The 2013 Taurus also has heated seats and a heated steering wheel as an available feature.
The 2013 Taurus gets a major facelift, with a new grille panel, incorporating the same kind of inverted trapezoid at the bottom center of the nose as the Fiesta and Focus. The hood has been reshaped with a larger power dome, and the headlights redesigned. Like the Chevrolet Volt and Malibu, the new Taurus will have shutters built into the grille that close for highway fuel economy improvement at higher speeds and open for engine cooling at lower speeds. The LED taillamps and rear spoiler have been restyled as well, with more wraparound red lens showing up on the rear fender than the taillamps on the 2009 model. The SHO version has its own black mesh upper and lower grilles, without the shutters, a new front-fender SHO badge that replaces the tiny C-pillar badge on the existing model, and black mirror housings. A reformulated SHO Performance Package takes things a step further with track-ready brakes, recalibrated steering, a track-mode setting for the ESC, increased cooling, and 20-inch wheels with summer tires. The Taurus SHO is engineered with a true dual exhaust system, meaning that each of the engine's two exhaust manifolds has its own exhaust pipe, reducing back pressure and enhancing horsepower.
Ford says the 2013 Taurus will feature better braking performance, electric power steering, torque vectoring and cornering control, active park assist, adaptive cruise control. Options will include MyFordTouch vehicle control systems, a heated steering wheel, multi-contour front seats with massage, automatic high-beams, rain-sensing wipers, a rear-window sunshade, and a rearview camera. All Taurus interiors will have more and better luxury materials and quieter cabins due to the inclusion of more sound-deadening materials in the roof and cowl. The torue vectoring system controls power to the outside wheels, modulating it when it senses a turn has been entered too fast and quickly adjusting to make even the most inexperienced driver feel like a master.
The 2013 is sure to be a crowd pleaser due to its new and improved technology, its sleek and stylish exterior, and its fancy array of sound deadening materials and new interior features. This is a car that should definitely be on your shopping list. For more information on the 2013 Ford Taurus, click here.
Some of the information used in this review was obtained through newcartestdrive.com
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