The 2.0 liter Ecoboost version of the 2013 Ford Taurus receives its official EPA ratings to give us another reason to believe the V6 engine offered for this car is now redundant. The 2.0 liter does 32 mpg on the highway, which is plenty, and yet makes 237 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. That is a very decent figure for a four-cylinder engine, considering the fuel economy.
Sure, the new, upgraded V6 produces 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, and that is hugely tempting, but this 3.5 liter unit will struggle to do 25 mpg on the highway. Urban figures are even worse. So if you want the best compromise, go for the 2.0 liter.
The 2.0 liter Taurus bests V6 models of Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, with comparable power, and can even challenge cars like the Mercedes-Benz E350 Bluetec diesel and Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. It also has great comfort and convenience features, and if the previous versions are any indication, the Taurus is quite fun to drive as well.
It offers everything your German saloon offers, for much less money. That said, it has much less class!
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)