2013 Ford Taurus Review
Automotive critics like the 2013 Ford Taurus for its large trunk, powerful base engine and impressive cabin technology.
The Taurus has a standard 3.5-liter base engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that the Taurus gets 19/29 mpg city/highway when equipped with front-wheel drive. An optional turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is also available, as is all-wheel drive. Reviewers are generally happy with the power from either engine, though a few report that the transmission has to hunt for the right gear. Most critics like the 2013 Ford Taurus' steering, handling and braking, though several note that Taurus drives like the large car it is.
The Ford Taurus was the 2013 Best Large Car for the Money because it has the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class.
Test drivers are pleased with the cabin on the Ford Taurus, noting that the five-seater has comfortable passenger accommodations and nice materials. While reviewers like the availability of high-tech cabin features, they note that some, like MyFord Touch, can be buggy and tough to use. Reviewers are almost unanimous in praising the huge trunk on the 2013 Ford Taurus.
- "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.
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.
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.