Ford fires on 4 cylinders with '13 EcoBoost Taurus
By Ann M. Job
Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Don't expect to find a four-cylinder engine in a big, roomy, 17-foot-long sedan?
You're not alone. These big, four-door cars traditionally have V-6s, with optional V-8s.
But in the interest of fuel economy, Ford is turning tradition on its head.
For 2013, the automaker's full-size and attractively restyled Taurus includes an optional, turbocharged, EcoBoost four cylinder that capably and impressively delivers 240 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque.
This turbo four cylinder, which also is direct injected, makes the Taurus the most fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered, non-hybrid, 2013 full-size sedan in the United States.
The federal government fuel economy rating for this model is 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway, with an estimated range of nearly 450 miles on a single tank of regular gasoline.
This mileage rating rivals the pricier, 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 Bluetec, which uses diesel fuel and is a smaller-size sedan than the Taurus.
Also noteworthy: The 2013 Taurus earned across-the-board, five out of five stars for occupant protection in the government's frontal and side crash tests.
The EcoBoost four cylinder is not available with all-wheel drive.
Competitors to the Taurus include other mainstream full-size sedans, such as the front-wheel drive, 2013 Chevrolet Impala, whose starting MSRP, including destination charge, is $26,685.
The Impala has a 300-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and automatic transmission and is rated by the government at 18/30 mpg.
The 2013 Chrysler 300, a large, rear-wheel drive sedan, has a starting retail price of $30,990 with 292-horsepower V-6 and eight-speed automatic. Its government fuel economy rating is 19/31 mpg.
The 2013 Taurus is restyled on the outside, with a new grille, lights, trunk lid, rear fenders and wheels, updating the car with a fresh, more upscale appearance. But the new look doesn't quite bring the Taurus to the same sporty styling “face” that the Ford Fusion, Focus and Fiesta have.
Inside, cheap-looking plastic from the predecessor Taurus is replaced by nicer-looking, textured plastic. And every Taurus comes standard with interior ceiling fabric that's made from recycled material and seat foam that is made from a soy-based rubber.
Even Ford's Sync system that can be used to control radio, ventilation, navigation and other settings is updated, in an effort to be more user-friendly. It still takes time, however, to learn the Sync system and commands, and a driver can get distracted working the touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard.
Plenty of passengers traveled in the test Taurus SEL with optional EcoBoost, and none guessed the powerplant was a four-cylinder gasoline engine.
Ann M. Job writes for the Associated Press.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Credit card companies offer free credit scores
- Companies fear burnout affects bottom line, advises workers to relax
- Holiday giving can be charitable for you, too
- Startup aims to replace chicken, egg
- Investors put squeeze on prospective homeowners’ American dreams
- Employers say friends can ease work stress
- Range looks to sell Texas drilling assets
- Modern ‘educational’ gifts entertain STEM kids
- Federal regulator OKs Peoples Gas’ acquisition of Equitable Gas
- Airline merger reshapes industry’s landscape
- Consol cuts office workers after Murray deal