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Used Car: 2013 Ford Taurus Review

Review Last Updated: 7/30/14

Many reviewers appreciated the 2013 Ford Taurus’ enormous trunk and comfortable ride, though some were frustrated with its available touch-screen infotainment system, and others said the interior doesn't feel as big as the Taurus' large size suggests.

Most automotive critics were pleased with the power provided by the 2013 Ford Taurus’ standard V6 engine. It is also available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the performance-oriented Taurus SHO has a twin-turbocharged V6. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available. According to the EPA, the base 2013 Taurus gets 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. Models with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine can get up to 22/32, which is quite good for a large car. The Taurus has a compliant ride, and some critics added that it has good cornering ability for its size, though others noted that it doesn’t handle as well as its rivals. Reviewers wrote that the Taurus has strong brakes and precise steering and added that it is easy to maneuver in tight spaces thanks to its small turning radius.

Automotive experts noted that the 2013 Ford Taurus’ cabin features nicely padded surfaces and top-shelf materials. Some critics found the front seats in the Taurus comfortable for long durations and said it is easy to find a comfortable driving position. Others noted that front-seat hip- and knee room are limited by the Taurus’ wide center console. Several automotive journalists wrote that the Taurus’ rear seat provides ample head- and legroom, but others expected more, given the Taurus’ large overall size. The Taurus’ 20.1-cubic-foot trunk is one of the largest in the class. An auxiliary input jack is standard. Available features include leather upholstery, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, navigation, a premium Sony sound system, massaging front seats and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with SYNC, which includes Bluetooth, USB connectivity and voice command of phone and music controls. Test drivers said the updated MyFord Touch system in the 2013 Taurus is improved over previous versions, but some still found it counterintuitive.

The 2013 Taurus was named our 2013 Best Large Car for the Money when it was new.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Chrysler 300 impressed critics with its powerful base engine and stylish cabin. Test drivers also reported that the 300’s Uconnect infotainment system has a large, easy-to-use touch-screen interface.

Reviewers liked the 2013 Toyota Avalon’s spacious rear seats and user-friendly audio and climate controls. The V6-powered Avalon achieves good fuel economy for a large car, and automotive journalists were impressed with its quick acceleration.

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