Her and His Reviews

April 2013

2013 Ford Taurus SEL

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.
 

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

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Performance
The performance of the EcoBoost four is the real deal when it comes to fours that act as V-6s. The Taurus moves promptly and smoothly, picking up speed briskly, easily making the point that it isn't necessary to have an engine larger than a four to provide decent performance. And it's doing all that despite the fact that the Taurus is a pretty heavy large car.

Handling was all there and then some. The Taurus corners nicely, hits the curves confidently and generally makes all the right moves. Ford's reworked the suspension and added a torque-vectoring system for this year, and you now get a nicely done electrically powered steering system too, and both have made positive impact on the Taurus's handling.
The performance of the EcoBoost four is the real deal when it comes to fours that act as V-6s. The Taurus moves promptly and smoothly, picking up speed briskly, easily making the point that it isn't necessary to have an engine larger than a four to provide decent performance. And it's doing all that despite the fact that the Taurus is a pretty heavy large car.

Handling was all there and then some. The Taurus corners nicely, hits the curves confidently and generally makes all the right moves. Ford's reworked the suspension and added a torque-vectoring system for this year, and you now get a nicely done electrically powered steering system too, and both have made positive impact on the Taurus's handling.
Fuel Economy
The Car: Taurus competes in the big family car/entry level luxury car segment of the auto market, once the bread and butter generator for domestic car makers, but nowadays, well, not so much.

Clearly Ford's awesome Fusion has stolen a lot of Taurus's marketing and publicity thunder and the Fusion is now a dominant player in the all-important mid-size family car segment, and deservedly so, in my view.

So Taurus, though it's clearly contemporary looking and up to date content wise, has a much quieter profile and is more likely to attract maturing buyers these days. It's certainly very competitive; Ford's got nothing to worry about here. But I do hope they will put the Taurus on a serious weight-loss program or make the next generation version considerably less portly looking.

If you're wondering why you should buy the 2013 Taurus as opposed to picking up a visually similar slightly used 2012 or 2011, there are some good things that the new model has that should convince you to buy it instead. First of course is the 2.0 liter turbocharged EcoBoost four. It produces 240 lusty horses, quite substantial for a four, and you still get 26 miles per gallon in combine city and highway driving, and it's rated at 32 miles per gallon on the highway alone.

Then there's some nice styling tweaks like a revised, more contemporary front end. If you still want a V-6, you should know that the standard 3.5 liter V-6, is both more powerful and more fuel efficient. There's a few more bells and whistles and convenience goodies on the 2013 Taurus, too.
The Car: Taurus competes in the big family car/entry level luxury car segment of the auto market, once the bread and butter generator for domestic car makers, but nowadays, well, not so much.

Clearly Ford's awesome Fusion has stolen a lot of Taurus's marketing and publicity thunder and the Fusion is now a dominant player in the all-important mid-size family car segment, and deservedly so, in my view.

So Taurus, though it's clearly contemporary looking and up to date content wise, has a much quieter profile and is more likely to attract maturing buyers these days. It's certainly very competitive; Ford's got nothing to worry about here. But I do hope they will put the Taurus on a serious weight-loss program or make the next generation version considerably less portly looking.

If you're wondering why you should buy the 2013 Taurus as opposed to picking up a visually similar slightly used 2012 or 2011, there are some good things that the new model has that should convince you to buy it instead. First of course is the 2.0 liter turbocharged EcoBoost four. It produces 240 lusty horses, quite substantial for a four, and you still get 26 miles per gallon in combine city and highway driving, and it's rated at 32 miles per gallon on the highway alone.

Then there's some nice styling tweaks like a revised, more contemporary front end. If you still want a V-6, you should know that the standard 3.5 liter V-6, is both more powerful and more fuel efficient. There's a few more bells and whistles and convenience goodies on the 2013 Taurus, too.
Safety
All the requisite safety bells and whistles are present and accounted for with the Taurus, but there wasn't all that much more that was out of the ordinary. Expect plenty of airbags, traction and stability control, some seriously powerful, reassuring brakes, a which also was updated this year, and there's also enough solid steel and terrific construction on the Taurus to make you feel totally confident and secure on the road wherever you are. All the requisite safety bells and whistles are present and accounted for with the Taurus, but there wasn't all that much more that was out of the ordinary. Expect plenty of airbags, traction and stability control, some seriously powerful, reassuring brakes, a which also was updated this year, and there's also enough solid steel and terrific construction on the Taurus to make you feel totally confident and secure on the road wherever you are.
Technology
Let's just get it out of the way. When you're talking Ford and technology, the first thing that still comes to people's minds is the MyTouch interface system. Ford has updated and improved it, but it still isn't up to other competing systems in terms of being easy to use and intuitiveness. And unfortunately, it's still the reason why I would be less likely to buy a Taurus as opposed to let's say, the Ford C-Max, which also has MyTouch, but I still found much easier to use. They are probably identical in some people's minds, but the C-Max still is preferable in that regard.

In terms of equipment, the SEL comes with lots of it. Upgrades over the SE include 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors, remote ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nicer cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio and the aforementioned Sync system, which allows you to control Bluetooth phones, iPods and other media players through voice commands and the car's controls.
Let's just get it out of the way. When you're talking Ford and technology, the first thing that still comes to people's minds is the MyTouch interface system. Ford has updated and improved it, but it still isn't up to other competing systems in terms of being easy to use and intuitiveness. And unfortunately, it's still the reason why I would be less likely to buy a Taurus as opposed to let's say, the Ford C-Max, which also has MyTouch, but I still found much easier to use. They are probably identical in some people's minds, but the C-Max still is preferable in that regard.

In terms of equipment, the SEL comes with lots of it. Upgrades over the SE include 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors, remote ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nicer cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio and the aforementioned Sync system, which allows you to control Bluetooth phones, iPods and other media players through voice commands and the car's controls.
Aesthetics & Styling
When it was first introduced, the newest generation Taurus looked ahead of its time, and seemed to be more the luxury car rather than the family hauler. The improvement over the generation that preceded it was pretty dramatic. The semi-fastbook looks and sense of athleticism has held up well, but we still think it looks a bit too heavy for the times; it could use a slimming down. When it was first introduced, the newest generation Taurus looked ahead of its time, and seemed to be more the luxury car rather than the family hauler. The improvement over the generation that preceded it was pretty dramatic. The semi-fastbook looks and sense of athleticism has held up well, but we still think it looks a bit too heavy for the times; it could use a slimming down.
Warranty
Basic: 3 year / 36,000 miles, Drivetrain 5 year / 60,000 miles, Roadside 5 year / 60,000 miles Rust 5 year / Unlimited miles Basic: 3 year / 36,000 miles, Drivetrain 5 year / 60,000 miles, Roadside 5 year / 60,000 miles Rust 5 year / Unlimited miles

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