Smaller with engines, bigger with fuel economy.

That's what Ford is doing by adding its 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder to its Taurus lineup that the automaker says will give the model the best highway mileage of any large sedan.

On the strength of its EPA ratings, the new turbo four will beat out the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon (non-hybrid) in highway fuel economy and deliver 26 miles per gallon combined. On the power front, the Valencia, Spain-assembled engine delivers 240 horses at 5,500 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 revs.

Ford has also tweaked the Taurus' base 3.5-liter V6, adding 25 horsepower as well as one mile per gallon city and two miles per gallon highway for a rating of 19 city and 29 highway in front-wheel drive trim. The refreshed powerplant churns out 288 hp (@ 6,500 rpm) and 254 lb-ft (@ 4,000 rpm), where last year's model made do with 263/249. For comparison's sake, the 2012 model year Taurus 3.5-liter V6 was rated 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost is quickly becoming ubiquitous in the Blue Oval's stables, as it's already slotted in vehicles including the Edge, Escape and Explorer, not to mention the Focus ST and Fusion.
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2013 Ford Taurus EPA-Certified at Class-Leading 32 MPG with New 2.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine

• EPA fuel economy ratings confirm the 2013 Ford Taurus 2.0-liter EcoBoost® delivers a class-leading 32 mpg on the highway
• Highly efficient new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine helps Taurus top competitors including Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon
• Across segments and powertrain alternatives, Taurus 2.0-liter EcoBoost achieves a higher combined fuel economy rating than Mercedes-Benz E350 Bluetec diesel and Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. It also beats V6 versions of Honda Accord and Toyota Camry while delivering comparable power
• Three Taurus engine offerings provide customers the power of choice in selecting the full-size sedan that best suits their needs – without sacrificing performance for fuel economy

DEARBORN, Mich., June 26, 2012 – The 2013 Ford Taurus, the Blue Oval's technology and performance flagship sedan, is now certified by the EPA as the class leader in large sedan city and highway fuel economy.

The Taurus' new 2.0-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine is certified at 32 mpg highway – better than the 2012 Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger and Toyota Avalon.

The all-new Taurus demonstrates fuel economy isn't limited to compact car sizes. All three engine options for the 2013 model have now been certified at 25 mpg or higher in EPA highway estimates.

"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."

Taurus offers comfort, convenience and technology comparable to premium German sport sedans, while beating their diesel and hybrid variants for fuel economy. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost helps Taurus deliver a 26-mpg combined EPA rating, higher than Mercedes-Benz E350 Bluetec diesel and Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

Compared to smaller vehicles, Taurus 2.0-liter bests V6 models of Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, with comparable power.

Power of choice
The Taurus base 3.5-liter V6 engine also has been updated for 2013 with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), adding 25 horsepower plus 1 mpg city and 2 mpg highway in EPA estimates – compared to the previous Taurus base V6.
The 2013 Taurus SHO (Super High Output) high-performance sport sedan continues to feature a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine producing 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, while still delivering 25 mpg on the highway.

EcoBoost engines are fundamental to Ford's strategy of providing technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains that deliver exceptional fuel economy and uncompromised performance for millions of drivers around the world.

The 2013 Taurus demonstrates to consumers there is no need to trade power, performance, comfort or convenience to achieve savings at the gas pump.

Integrated efficiencies
Each Taurus powertrain features additional technologies to help conserve fuel, such as:

• Low-tension front-end accessory drive belt
• Smart battery management
• Aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff
• Variable-displacement air conditioning compressor
• Reduced friction lubricants
• Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)
All new Taurus models now come with EPAS, helping improve steering response by rigidly mounting the steering rack to the subframe. The EPAS system allows for a high degree of tuning by Ford vehicle dynamics engineers to optimize steering feel, plus it saves fuel and provides drivers with enhanced feedback.

Additionally, fuel economy in the 2013 Taurus is enhanced by a class-exclusive Active Grille Shutter System. Positioned between the grille opening and radiator, the shutters are controlled by the engine's control module. Shutter slats automatically open and close to maintain the ideal operating temperatures and optimize vehicle aerodynamics.

The 2013 Taurus range is built at Ford's Chicago Assembly facility and will begin arriving in dealerships later this summer.

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      • 2 Years Ago
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      CEC
      • 2 Years Ago
      While those are good numbers from a fullsize sedan, why would one take one of these over a Charger/300? The Chrysler twins have: similar FE, More Power, RWD, more fun to drive, and a lower price.
        Jeff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        Because some people live where it snows in the winter and aren't keen on driving in it with a RWD vehicle.
          Kimura
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jeff
          "Because some people live where it snows in the winter and are giant wusses that have no concept of vehicle control so they are afraid of driving in it with a RWD vehicle." Fixed.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jeff
          Not everyone wants to spend money on dedicated snow tires, pretty much a necessity if you live where there is lots of snow and you need to drive RWD.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        similar FE, yes. more power, yes, 3 more hp. lower price? uhhh no. Charger SXT AWD is $30,800. Taurus SEL AWD is $30,300. both cars are very similarly equipped, both drive great, and both cost the same money. it comes down to personal preference. the only thing that would give the V6 Charger an edge is the 8-speed auto.
          Mondrell
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          "More fun to drive." Camry's long-standing status as the #1 selling car in the U.S. ought to tell you how much the average consumer cares about that. =P
          CEC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          Considering you can't get the 2.0EB with AWD, my comment is valid, also considering the EB will be a "premium" engine option, the base SXT Charger will be cheeper then the base Taraus with the 2.0EB.
        John Ward
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        Everytime someone comments that "no one" would buy a fuel efficient car over a v8 muscle car the sales numbers end up proving them wrong. 240hp is plenty to move a commuter. My 04 cts had about the same power and got 22mpg. I say this is a nice improvement.
        itguy08
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        I'll go out on a limb and state I don't like the new 300. The "Bentley" styling is getting old. And, as a Taurus owner, it is one sweet ride.
          bobmarley
          • 2 Years Ago
          @itguy08
          i disagree but this is obviously subjective...the newer 300 still looks good to me. Jeep GC, and the 300 are the best looking vehicles in chrysler/jeep/dodges lineup
          MyerShift
          • 2 Years Ago
          @itguy08
          Not Bentley styling. Also; tell Bentley their styling is getting old too.
        Paradigm ♂♂
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        "More fun to drive" oh.
        NoLongerAway
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        because people want what ford is building vs what chrysler is doing. Hince the Taurus post
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NoLongerAway
          That might have something to do with Chrysler taking high risk loan people again while Ford is not so people with bad credit are heading there
          CEC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NoLongerAway
          I would just like to point out, both the Charger and 300 outsell the Taraus.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      am i reading this right? the base V6, with 288 hp, will achieve 30 mpg? either way, the 2.0L Ecoboost is an amazing motor, and should do very well in the Taurus. it's insanely quiet, easily the quietest I4 i've ever heard, and it's smooth as glass.. both of which you want in a large sedan.
        John Ward
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        Don't forget these are epa ratings. Real driving condition will never hit 30mpg and I would put money on the 2.0l coming in closer to the 28mpg than the v6.
          itguy08
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Ward
          BS. Just came back from a 2k mile roadtrip in the SHO. According to aCar (Android car app that calculates MPG) I solidly hit 25MPG on the trip. And that was with taking liberty with the speed limit. Color me impressed and definitely not what I expected from a 4.5k lb car that has AWD and 360hp.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Ward
          Not having a lead foot will help out with that.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      32 MPG highway is great and all, but after yesterday's bombshell that the Toyota Avalon will get 40 city/39 highway with their Hybrid model, there are just no excuses from any automaker why their large cars don't offer hybrid tech. These large cars can easily fit batteries that struggle to fit in a smaller hatch. Also full-size cars tend to have higher profit margins which can absorb the cost of hybrid components better. Going back to this Taurus, that restyled front end from last year still has not grown on me. I really think the one from 2 years ago looked way the hell better than this new one that tries to mimic the redesigned Fusion a little too much.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Because hybrids are less fun to drive /end
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Says someone that's clearly never driven one. Yeah, gobs of low end torque - something that sportscars strive to have - is just awful! /s
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          [blocked]
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Because the new Fusion Hybrid will offer 47 MPG? I think it's a better idea to have your high-volume, mid-size family sedan offered with a hybrid powertrain for very good mileage out of a comfortable car and a compact vehicle (the new C-Max) that will get extremely good fuel economy (probably close to 60 MPG) for people who care almost exclusively about fuel efficiency. The Taurus is the #2 selling full size car and they only sell about 8,000 a month, it isn't worth it right now to offer a hybrid on the Taurus when they could move many more units of a compact and mid-size hybrid. I'd like to see a 2.0L EcoBoost Explorer Hybrid.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Really? Okay, let me put it this way. So far this year Ford has sold 112,000 Fusions and 110,000 Focuses. They have sold 28,000 Tauruses (6,800 last month, sorry, slightly dyslexic). Ford is moving thier hybrid powertrain to the 2.0L I4 and there's no way a 2.0L NA Atkinson Cycle would be able to propel a car as big as the Taurus. On top of that, Ford would need to have two different hybrid powertrains developed for three vehicles and they would have to charge 40 grand for a Taurus hybrid. People would bitch that it's too expensive and for once they'd actually be right. If you want more than 32 MPG then buy a Fusion hybrid. Just because Toyota made the Avalon a hybrid doesn't mean the automotive world needs to kiss their feet and follow suit. Chrysler (one of the five companies that offers a full-size sedan) doesn't have any hybrids at all.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          There is no reason that BOTH cars can't have Hybrid options. In fact, they should easily be able to use the same system not unlike how the Camry Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid systems are probably down right near identical. And if they are actually selling 8k units a month, that's almost 100k a year... in this industry, that's actually considered a pretty darn good seller. That kind of volume could easily justify adding a Hybrid option, and I don't see how it would effect sales of their other models.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        because Ford caters to people who love cars that look cool and are fun to drive... whereas Toyota caters to the tree-huggers who think they're saving they environment by relocating their emissions to additional factories.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          So you mean Ford is supposedly selling to traitors to their country whom don't care that we are shipping billions upon billions of dollars overseas to unfriendly countries to pay for oil for their inefficient vehicles?? See, you can post an extremist, purposefully belligerent comments, and so can I.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow ford is doing great things with their engine line up, take notes from BMW is see.
      ragtopdodge
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's pretty good, but the RWD Chrysler 300 8-speed gets 31MPG highway w/292HP. So....would you have a FWD, turbo-4 j w/240hp just to get 1 MPG better?
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        maybe because you want a Ford??? the average consumer typically doesn't give a damn about what the "other guys" have to offer..
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        More rear passenger room could be one reason why since there's no hump in the middle of the floor because of the drive shaft.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        Highway mileage isn't the end-all-be-all of fuel economy. The V6 Chrysler gets 19/23/31, so the combined fuel economy would be 15% lower than the EcoBoost 4 Taurus. And a 15% improvement in fuel economy is significant enough to warrant losing 50HP for some people.
      Ray
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford really needs to deep six this car. I mean sport utility sedan.
      Mario
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why don't they just bring couple of their diesels engines from Europe, they could easily get 40+ MPG
        dreadcthulhu01
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mario
        Ford has stated that the extra cost of a diesel engine & emissions equipment needed to pass US smog laws would take way too long to pay off at US fuel prices to make sense to offer here.
          MyerShift
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dreadcthulhu01
          Tell VW. Oh wait, they actually have the money and guts to do it.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mario
        Hopefully once Mazda brings diesel more mainstream with Skyactive-D, the Big automakers will start the diesel imports.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh.
      mylz
      • 2 Years Ago
      My impala with the 3.6 gets close to that mpgs... I am not sold on putting a freaken 4banger in these size cars. turn the AC up and add a few people in it. mpgs out the window and that engine is going to be struggling
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm impressed, such a big car and bigger fuel economy.
        Spartan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        I'm impressed with the fuel economy and the COLOR! We haven't seen this kinda color palette from American automakers in years!
      mikeymac
      • 2 Years Ago
      that thing looks wicked. subtle improvements over the original design add a whole lot more IMO.
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