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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Ford Taurus

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MPG 18 City / 27 Highway
  • Excellent build quality
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Offers tremendous value in full-size class
  • Styling not for everyone
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Affordable and now available in the highly-anticipated (and highly-rated) SHO package, the Taurus sheds some of it's old-man appeal for something more edgy and up-to-date.


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 2013 Taurus comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and SHO. The SE trim level is the base and features basic amenities, like AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, power windows and door locks, and 12-volt power points. The SEL trim level upgrades the SE trim by adding in dual-zone A/C, auto-dimming mirror, thermometer, leather trimmed steering wheel and shifter, and remote start. The Limited trim level adds to the SEL trim with leather seating, MyFord Touch, 10-way power seats and backup sensors. The SHO trim level completely decks out the Taurus with suede seat inserts, a 365-horsepower engine that launches the car to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, and standard all0wheel drive.

As always, the Ford Taurus has plenty of competition to fend off. Starting off the list of competitors is the 2013 Chrysler 300, which comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 with 292 horsepower that gets 31 mpg highway, a 6.9-second sprint to 60 mph and leather seating. Next up is the 2013 Dodge Charger, which features a 3.6-liter V-6 with 292 horsepower, a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system. The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Sedan also makes the list with its standard 333-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine, standard leather interior and dual-zone climate control. Lastly, you have the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, which comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 197 horsepower and gets 34 mpg highway, a six-speaker, touchscreen infotainment system and 16-inch alloy wheels.

With plenty of competition fighting it, the 2013 Taurus has to bring it’s a game to the sales floor to fend them off.

Which Style To Buy?

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2013 Ford Taurus SE

Recommended for: Buyers that need a well-equipped sedan for under $30K

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.

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2013 Ford Taurus SEL

Recommended for: Buyers that spend large amounts of time in their car

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.

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2013 Ford Taurus Limited

Recommended for: Buyers that want all of the bells and whistles without the more powerful engine

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.

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2013 Ford Taurus SHO

Recommended for: Buyers that want extra performance from their sedan

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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