Ford has announced that they are adding a 2.0 liter EcoBoost four cylinder engine as an option for the new Taurus lineup that will have the best highway mileage of any large sedan. This engine is expected to help the 2013 Ford Taurus reach up to 32 highway miles per gallon with 26 combined miles per gallon. This is more than its competitors including the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon (non-hybrid). The engine is assembled in Valencia, Spain and is rumored to offer 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 pound feet of torque at 3,000 revs. This isn’t bad for a large cruising vehicle.
“Ford understands people want fuel-efficient vehicles but don’t want to sacrifice power, cargo space or convenience preferences to get them,” said Raj Nair, vice president of Engineering for Global Product Development. “Taurus fuel economy showcases Ford’s success in developing smaller yet more powerful engines for its larger vehicles.”
For those who still want more power for their commute, Ford has updated the larger Taurus engine. This is a 3.5 liter V6, with updates it will get 19 city miles per gallon and 29 highway miles per gallon to power the front wheel drive version. This ups the horses to 288 at 6,500 rpm and 254 pound feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The better fuel economy for this model is due in part to the Active Grille Shutter System. This system is set between the grille opening and radiator and is controlled by a module in the engine to operate temperatures and optimize the overall aerodynamics.
This 2013 Ford Taurus model will be built at the Chicago Assembly Plant and be out to dealerships later this summer. There will be three models to choose from so Taurus drivers can pick the power of their choice including performance for fuel economy.