For 20 years, the Ford Taurus dominated the low-cost sedan marketplace, despite being less than stellar in its final years. After a one-year-long hiatus from retail customers -- it was a fleet-only vehicle in 2007 -- the Taurus returned as little more than a rebadged Ford 500 for the 2008 and 2009 model years, but in 2010, the Taurus was revitalized with a new body style and powerful engine lineup that made it into one of the best family sedans available.
The 2013 Taurus saw minor changes in the form of a slightly restyled body, a bump in output from its base engine and a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 240 horsepower as an available option. Also new to the mix is a new Performance Package for the SHO trim level that adds in a stiffer suspension system, more powerful brakes and high-performance tires.
The SE trim level is the base model for the 2013 Ford Taurus and it starts off with a 3.5-liter TiVCT V-6 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 254 foot-pounds of torque. This engine connects to a six-speed SelectShift transmission. On the outside, the 2013 Ford Taurus SE includes four-wheel disc brakes for added stopping power, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels for added sportiness, faux dual exhaust for a muscular appearance, and LED taillights so drivers can see the vehicle better. Inside the cabin, the Taurus SE includes painted appliques for added style, power windows and door locks, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system.
The SEL trim level starts off with the same driveline as the SE trim level, but it adds in extra comfort and luxury features. On the outside, the SEL trim level adds in 18-inch painted aluminum wheels for extra sportiness, body-colored heated mirrors for extra style and to keep them clear in cooler climates, and front-bumper-integrated parking lamps for added safety. Inside the cabin, the SEL trim level gains dual-zone climate control for extra comfort, covered storage area in the center console for added convenience, auto-dimming rearview mirror for safer nighttime driving, outside thermometer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, XM Radio for uninterrupted listening, and SYNC voice-control.
The Limited trim level carries the same drivetrain as the SEL model, but adds in more luxury features to sweeten the pot. On the outside, the Limited trim level adds in 19-inch premium wheels for a great look and ride, memory settings and chrome accents for side-view mirrors for added convenience and style and rear parking sensors for extra safety. Inside the cabin, the Limited trim level adds in ambient lighting to add a little flair to the inside, woodgrain trim for a more luxurious look, two memory settings for the driver’s seat so finding the perfect driving position is easy, leather seating, and MyFord Touch for easier controlling of vehicle options.
The SHO is the performance trim level and starts out with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that cranks out 365 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque and paddle shifters for the six-speed SelectShift transmission. On the outside, the SHO adds in upgraded 19-inch wheels for a sportier look and feel, dual exhaust for a more muscular appearance, auto on-off HID headlights for safer nighttime driving, auto-dimming driver side-view mirror to avoid blinding from cars behind you, piano-black side-view mirror caps for a sleeker look, and a rear spoiler. On the inside, the SHO receives aluminum pedals for a sporty feel, branded floor mats for a more exclusive look, power pedals for the perfect driving comfort, top grain leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter for top-notch look and feel, and leather seating with Mayan Gray Miko suede inserts.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Ford Taurus$19,497 | 26,169 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$19,994 | 33,510 mi
2013 Ford Taurus$19,995 | 32,336 mi
2013 Ford Taurus$20,000 | 48,044 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$24,900 | 20,031 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$26,900 | 20,513 mi
2012 Ford Taurus$15,639 | 55,872 mi
2012 Ford Taurus$15,768 | 88,729 mi
2012 FORD TAURUS$15,995 | 62,130 mi
2012 Ford Taurus$21,482 | 39,408 mi
2012 FORD TAURUS$27,599 | 19,346 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$13,995 | 93,367 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$15,529 | 65,782 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$15,890 | 65,305 mi
2010 FORD TAURUS$14,995 | 69,935 mi
2010 FORD TAURUS$16,500 | 24,290 mi
2010 FORD TAURUS$17,999 | 63,257 mi
2010 Ford Taurus$18,694 | 50,981 mi
2010 Ford Taurus$19,877 | 35,996 mi
2008 Ford Taurus$8,895 | 108,619 mi
2008 Ford Taurus X$9,667 | 85,830 mi
2008 FORD TAURUS X$14,995 | 75,485 mi
2003 FORD TAURUS$3,994 | 147,402 mi
2003 Ford Taurus$4,990 | 148,933 mi
2003 Ford Taurus$6,091 | 63,017 mi
2002 Ford Taurus$6,995 | 99,644 mi
2001 Ford Taurus$4,990 | 121,432 mi
1997 Ford Taurus$695 | 232,029 mi
Powerful V6 engine, great highway mpg and loaded with features, but very pricey and an aging body style
Great V6 engine, powerful performance packages and low price, but lacks features and 5-speed transmission
Massively powerful engines, and loaded with features, but no folding rear seat and a Mercedes copycat
Good base mpg, low base MSRP and great audio, but underpowered four-cylinder and no performance option