2011 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2013 Ford Taurus debuted at the 2011 New York Auto Show, running the gamut from a new fuel-efficient model with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine to a sportier Taurus SHO model.
- The Taurus with the EcoBoost engine is expected to deliver 31 mpg on the highway — a significant increase over the 2011 Ford Taurus with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 28 mpg on the highway.
- The 2013 Ford Taurus will go on sale in spring 2012.
The 2013 Ford Taurus will go on sale in spring 2012, according to Octavio Navarro, a Ford spokesman. He said the 2012 Taurus will go on sale this spring. Pricing on the 2013 Taurus was not announced.
The Taurus with the EcoBoost engine is expected to deliver 31 mpg on the highway — a significant increase over the 2011 Ford Taurus with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 28 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The EPA has not yet rated any 2013 vehicles.
The Taurus will be the first car in Ford's North American lineup to offer the four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which combines a turbocharger with gasoline direct injection. The engine will deliver an estimated 237 horsepower, said Ford.
The refreshed 2013 Taurus gets what Ford calls a "more muscular hood," along with larger wheels and tires. The cabin gets upgraded materials.
The 2013 Taurus also adds "curve control," which Ford said is "a braking innovation aimed at slowing the vehicle, if it senses that a driver inadvertently enters a curve too quickly."
The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO with standard all-wheel drive gets the carry-over 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that delivers 365 hp mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Taurus SHO gets a black mesh grille and high-intensity-discharge headlights. The Taurus SHO performance package adds new brakes, 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires and an enhanced heavy-duty cooling system.
The cabin of the Taurus SHO gets a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed sport seats with SHO graphics, woven aluminum trim and adjustable aluminum pedals with memory.
Edmunds.com says: Fuel economy is the Holy Grail at the 2011 New York Auto Show, even when it comes to larger cars like the 2013 Ford Taurus. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent