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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$19,290 | 40,994 mi
2013 Ford Taurus$19,499 | 6,075 mi
2013 Ford Taurus$20,488 | 29,040 mi
2013 Ford Taurus$20,986 | 31,212 mi
2013 FORD TAURUS$23,999 | 29,710 mi
2012 Ford Taurus$15,000 | 51,000 mi
2012 Ford Taurus$18,777 | 42,674 mi
2012 Ford Taurus$18,946 | 52,486 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$14,000 | 65,000 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$16,000 | 48,000 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$16,500 | 65,000 mi
2011 FORD TAURUS$16,987 | 61,716 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$16,987 | 57,400 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$17,500 | 30,000 mi
2011 FORD TAURUS$18,962 | 53,398 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$21,419 | 28,997 mi
2011 Ford Taurus$21,990 | 31,477 mi
2010 Ford Taurus$17,990 | 74,151 mi
2010 Ford Taurus$17,997 | 58,143 mi
2009 Ford Taurus X$13,960 | 73,327 mi
2008 Ford Taurus X$12,988 | 86,852 mi
2007 Ford Taurus$5,900 | 125,782 mi
2005 Ford Taurus$3,999 | 125,289 mi
2005 Ford Taurus$5,900 | 93,751 mi
2005 Ford Taurus$6,999 | 85,003 mi
2004 Ford Taurus$5,220 | 88,291 mi
2001 Ford Taurus$3,999 | 143,597 mi
1996 Ford Taurus$3,299 | 25 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