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2013 Ford Taurus EcoBoost: Full-Size Goes Four-Cylinder


2013 Ford Taurus Limited - First Drive, 3/2012

2013 Ford Taurus Limited - First Drive, 3/2012

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Big changes are coming in the full-size sedan category. And with EPA fuel economy numbers now in for the 2013 Ford Taurus with the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, certified at 32 mpg highway, 26 mpg combined, the race is on.

Without a hybrid system, Ford is delivering some pretty impressive mileage with a combination of direct injection, turbocharging, and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) in its 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. In short, the engine gets 25 more horsepower, a 1 mpg increase in city fuel economy and a 2 mpg boost on the highway, when compared to the previous Taurus base V-6.

There’s still the Taurus SHO, with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 for those who just have to have 365 horsepower, and it still manages to deliver 25 mpg on the highway.

How does the Taurus EcoBoost stack up with some of its full-size competition, as well as some mid-size sedans?

2013 Buick LaCrosse

2013 Buick LaCrosse

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2013 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist

The mild hybrid 2013 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, a roomy five-passenger sedan, beats the 2013 Ford Taurus EcoBoost by 2 mpg, delivering 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined. In our review, editors found that the mild hybrid four-cylinder LaCrosse, a mileage standout, “aims for efficiency, not performance,” but that performance is still “respectable and refined.”

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

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2014 Chevrolet Impala

In its first full redesign in nearly a decade, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala will arrive in dealer showrooms sometime next year boasting, among other impressive attributes, three new powertrains. Instead of the V-6 and V-8 engines of years past, GM is putting four-cylinder engines under the hood to boost fuel efficiency. The base models will have a 195-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition, there’s also an Impala with a version of the GM eAssist technology also found in the Buick LaCrosse and Regal and Chevy Malibu. In the 2014 Impala, this setup is anticipated to return a 35-mpg highway rating.


 
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  1. "2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. In short, the engine gets 25 more horsepower, a 1 mpg increase in city fuel economy and a 2 mpg boost on the highway, when compared to the previous Taurus base V-6".

    It will be interesting to see what the "real world MPG's" are when these hit the streets.
    Ford was bragging about their Echoboost V6 getting better milage than the 5.0 V8 but in truth both the Echoost V6 and 5.0 get pretty much the same MPG's in real world driving conditions. Plus the Echoboost V6 comes at a premium price!
     
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  2. Matt-As always, you make a very valid point. It will be interesting, indeed, to see how it all shakes out when the "real-world" numbers are known. Of course, it does depend, too, and very much so, on how you drive, right?
     
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  3. Suzanne - As always I love that you respond to my posts :-)
    As you pointed out it does depend very much on how one drives.
    As a side note I'd like your take on why automobile manufactures are going the route of "plus-sizing" on tire/rim combo when it's a proven fact that it reduces MPG's. Not to mention the prohibitive cost of replacing tires and god forbid running a rim due to hitting curb or pot hole.
    If this forum is not the place to ask this question to you is their another mention to pose this question to you.
     
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  4. Psst......it's ruining not running a rim :-) My bad for hitting the "Enter Key" too soon :-)
     
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