The Ecoboost 2.0-liter, is the smallest ever engine to make its home in theTaurus, the previous smallest unit was a 2.5-liter four offered between 1986 and 1991, in the L and short-lived MT5 models. With the latest Ecoboost, the current Taurus is also able to boast three engines (this,the 3.5 TiVCT V6 and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6), that deliver at least 25 miles per gallon in highway driving. In addition, Ford says that with a combined 26 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating, the Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost also bests “greenish” cars such as the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec diesel and the Porsche Panamera Hybrid.
Ford has been pushing its EcoBoost turbocharging and direct injection gas engines hard in recent years, aiming to significantly improve its fleet wide fuel economy to meet CAFE targets while maintaining performance.
Besides the new, small displacement EcoBoost, Ford has also engineered other features into each and every 2013 Taurus designed to save gas, these include Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), a low tension accessory drive belt, the use of low friction fluids and a variable displacement air conditioning compressor. It’s also added an aggressively calibrated fuel shut-off feature that comes into play under deceleration, along with active grille shutters, previously seen on the 2012 Focus.
Perhaps it’s time Robo Cop updated his ride.