The 2013 Ford Taurus Gets a 2 Liter EcoBoost Engine
|   Sunday, August 05, 2012
Just a few years ago it would have seemed suicidal to put small engines in large cars, and the Ford Taurus is clearly a large car. It seems the company's strategy to mount small engines into its large vehicle lineup will include the Taurus for its 2013 refresh. Ford wants to put a turbocharged direct injection 2 liter EcoBoost engine with 4 cylinders into the Taurus, joining the naturally aspired V6 and the SHO EcoBoost V-6. Thus, the Taurus joins the select ranks of large cars fitted with small engines; the Explorer and Edge are already here.


It is debatable if this was a successful move, but the move is not as shocking as it may first seem. We are to judge by previous examples, the Edge did a fine job with the small EcoBoost power plant, but the Explorer had some trouble with it, proving that some cars are just too big to be successfully moved by small engines in every situation. Even so, the engine itself was reliable, smooth and power was delivered linearly and few turbo lag.

The 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, coming at 5500 rpm and 3000 rpm respectively, did a respectable job in those models, so it can expected they will do the same in the Taurus' case. The engine will be mated with the 6 speed auto gearbox and power will go to the front wheels. All trims will get the 4 cylinder engine except the sporty SHO model for obvious reasons.

While the engine costs more than a V6, Ford promises the value will be returned swiftly from fuel saving. The official numbers are not here yet, but estimates say the 2013 Ford Taurus will have EPA ratings of 22/32 mpg.
Overall, the small EcoBoost engine might be the best choice of propelling the Taurus, better than Ford did with the Edge and Explorer, seeing how it is lighter than the two, and torque output is higher, even if not by much.

Going be feel, new drivers or those who don't pay much attention in this field will not notice any difference between a Taurus fitted with the 4 cylinder engine and the one equipped with a V6; or so Ford thinks. And the most frightening thing is they might be right considering how new drivers are more interested in infotainment systems and the likes than it feeling the car; they would be the ones who would gladly welcome self-driving cars with no second thoughts. We're getting old.

Inside, the car presents itself well, with the interior giving off a more pleasant air than its predecessor, even if not all materials are top grade. The MyFord can be found standing guard with a new and improved interface, but still is somewhat clumsy to use.

Overall, the 2013 Ford Taurus with its 2 liter EcoBoost engine is a great car. There is little to the driver feel he is not controlling a V6 engine and that alone is something worthy of praise.
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