Ford Taurus Review
The 2013 Ford Taurus ranks 3 out of 8 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 29 published reviews and test drives of the Ford Taurus, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The 2013 Ford Taurus’ powerful base engine, large trunk and impressive cabin technology help it earn positive reviews from automotive reviewers.
The Ford Taurus gets some updates for the 2013 model year, and critics welcome the changes. The base engine receives some extra horsepower, and there’s a new, smaller EcoBoost engine that promises better fuel economy. When it comes to reliability, the 2013 Taurus also earns a better score than most cars in the class. Inside, test drivers are pleased with the additional soft-touch materials. They also add that the MyFord Touch infotainment system isn’t as hard to use as it used to be, though it still has a learning curve.
The Ford Taurus is the 2013 Best Large Car for the Money because it has the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class.
The Taurus continues to stand out with a balanced ride, huge trunk and low base price. It also does well in safety tests, and its list of standard safety features includes Ford’s unique MyKey, which helps parents keep tabs on their teen’s driving habits. Though it has a lot going for it, there are some things test drivers dislike about the Taurus. Some say that the cabin isn’t as roomy as they expect, especially in the back seat. Additionally, some performance critiques mention that the automatic transmission isn’t the most refined.
- "With its comfortable interior and large trunk, the 2013 Ford Taurus is an appealing rendition of the classic full-size American sedan." -- Edmunds.
- "While the changes for the 2013 Ford Taurus are not revolutionary, they do improve the car's driving dynamics, update its interior, and freshen its appearance. All of which should help keep the Ford Taurus from becoming stale in the minds of consumers." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Ford's Taurus has a lot going for it. This large sedan is smooth, quiet, refined, and is surprisingly engaging to drive." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Taurus has strengths in terms of ride comfort, trunk space and passing power, but its drawbacks could leave it overrun by the changing tide." -- Cars.com
Other Cars to Consider
If you want a large car that’s more athletic, consider the Dodge Charger. The Charger costs a little less than the Taurus, and its base engine is powerful and fuel-efficient. If you want a boost in horsepower, you can also upgrade to a V8 engine, which the Taurus doesn’t offer. Just keep in mind that the Charger has less trunk space than the Taurus.
However, if neither the Charger nor the Taurus appeals to you, don’t overlook the Buick LaCrosse. While the LaCrosse also has a higher base price than the Taurus, test drivers think it has the cachet and comfort to compete with upscale cars like the Lexus ES. It has the choice of two drivetrains: the fuel-sipping eAssist or the more powerful V6. Car reviewers say the LaCrosse is an excellent value thanks to its quiet, roomy and luxurious cabin.
Ford Taurus: The Details
The 2013 Ford Taurus is available in SE, SEL, Limited and high-performance SHO trims. The Taurus gets several updates this model year, including a more powerful standard engine, a new optional EcoBoost engine, a new steering system and updated exterior styling.
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