Ford says that it benchmarked the interior of the Audi A6 for fit and finish, adding cloth-wrapped pillars and all-new switchgear. While it's clear the interior isn't a clean-slate redesign—it continues with the same sweeping-down center stack and tall center console—the Taurus looks to have been nipped, tucked, and upgraded throughout, and based on Ford's other recent products we expect a substantially upgraded look and feel to the materials.
The current Taurus has an excellent record for safety and is one of the top-rated sedans of any size or price. In the 2013 Taurus, Ford bolsters that reputation with even more safety-tech. In the '13 it introduces a new Curve Control feature that senses when the driver has entered a curve (or freeway ramp) too quickly, smartly scrubbing off speed. Other noteworthy features include adaptive cruise, collision warning with brake support, a blind-spot system, cross-traffic alert, and Ford's MyKey electronic-nanny system, which has proven appreciated by both parents and fleets.
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The 2013 Taurus gets MyFord Touch, the voice- and touch-screen-based system that interfaces with Bluetooth and USB devices as well as vehicle functions. As in other Ford products, it also includes an upgraded Sony sound system.
The automaker is also continuing with Alan Mullaly's vision of making the Taurus the brand's luxury-and-tech flagship by really heaping on the comfort and convenience features this time. Examples of what's on offer include a new heated steering wheel, multicontour seats with Active Motion, Intelligent Access with push-button start, auto high beams, rain-sensing wipers, a rearview camera system, and a power rear sunshade. And for those who do a lot of parallel parking in urban areas, the Intuitive Park Assist feature remains another standout convenience.