The EPA has certified the 2013 Ford Taurus with the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine at 32 mpg (7.35 L/100km) highway. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost helps Taurus deliver a 26 mpg (9.05 L/100km) combined EPA rating.
All three engine options for the 2013 model have now been certified at 25 mpg (9.41 L/100km) or higher in EPA highway estimates.
The Taurus base 3.5-liter V6 engine also has been updated for 2013 with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), adding 25 horsepower plus 1 mpg city and 2 mpg highway in EPA estimates, compared to the previous Taurus base V6.
The 2013 Taurus SHO (Super High Output) high-performance sport sedan continues to feature a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine producing 365 hp (272 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 N·m) of torque, while still delivering 25 mpg on the highway.
Each Taurus powertrain features additional technologies to help conserve fuel, such as:
- Low-tension front-end accessory drive belt
- Smart battery management
- Aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff
- Variable-displacement air conditioning compressor
- Reduced friction lubricants
- Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)
All new Taurus models now come with EPAS, helping improve steering response by rigidly mounting the steering rack to the subframe. The EPAS system allows for a high degree of tuning by Ford vehicle dynamics engineers to optimize steering feel, plus it saves fuel and provides drivers with enhanced feedback.
Additionally, fuel economy in the 2013 Taurus is enhanced by an Active Grille Shutter System. Positioned between the grille opening and radiator, the shutters are controlled by the engine’s control module. Shutter slats automatically open and close to maintain the ideal operating temperatures and optimize vehicle aerodynamics.
The 2013 Taurus range is built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly facility and will begin arriving in dealerships later this summer.