Many of us still remember the 90’s Ford Taurus line: ugly, poorly built and revolting. There just wasn’t much good to say about them. Fast-forward by about a decade and the Taurus makes more power than recent muscle cars, or at least the SHO version does.
Ford updated its site to include pricing on the 2013 Taurus models, which start at $27,395 (including destination) and go up to $39,995 for the performance-oriented SHO model.
Those willing to foot the bigger bill get a car with the same potent ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 as the company offered on the previous model. While the 365-hp rating is nice, the broad power band is the impressive part. Ford says peak torque (350 lb-ft) is available all the way from 1,500-5,250 rpms, or most of the engine’s rev-range.
That model comes with all-wheel drive and is mated to a high-capacity version of the standard six-speed automatic transmission. The base model now comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder ecoboost capable of 31 mpg highway while still offering 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque.
Probably the most noticeable change, the exterior styling got a serious update with Ford’s new hexagonal grille that looks sportier and more Mustang-like. The SHO model comes with 19-inch wheels standard, but customers may choose 20-inch upgraded wheels with summer performance tires. A spoiler and and sport-tuned suspension also come standard.
Don’t let the EcoBoost name fool you, though. As we said in our review of the 2012 model, gas mileage is far from eco-friendly. The SHO gets a thirsty 17/25 mpg city/highway. The standard V6 is also available making 290 hp and 18/28 mpg city/highway.