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.
• 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.
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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