2013 Ford Taurus Features

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The 2013 Ford Taurus will as before be offered in SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO versions, with prices up somewhat from last year.

Base SE models still include quite a bit more than mainstream mid-size sedans--which makes up somewhat for the higher price of entry. They include a power driver's seat, cruise control, air conditioning, and a six-speaker sound system. The next trim up, the Taurus SEL includes automatic climate control, satellite radio, Sync for voice-command Bluetooth/USB connectivity, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Limited and SHO models mark out the top of the line. The Limited adds 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition, ambient interior lighting, parking sensors, leather upholstery, MyFord Touch, and a garage-door opener. In addition to its stronger powertrain and performance- and appearance-oriented improvements, the SHO gets all that's included in the Limited plus extra touches like special suede-like seat inserts and HID xenon headlamps.

MyFord Touch comes to the 2013 Ford Taurus, as well as even more tech goodies.

Models with MyFord Touch also include an upgraded Sony sound system. The voice- and touch-screen-based system interfaces with Bluetooth and USB devices as well as vehicle functions, and includes a second, configurable set of displays in the gauge cluster. Below MyFord Touch, the center stack now moves to capacitative controls—relying on a touch of the finger rather than a real button. However the hazard switch is a real button, just under the screen.

For those willing to spend a little extra on options, the 2013 Taurus can be outfitted with all the tech of a German sport sedan. Items 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.

All said, the Taurus can get a bit pricey, however. You'll have to pass the $30k barrier to get MyFord Touch, and to take advantage of all that's offered, you might want the Limited, which can top $40k with options. The entry price for the SHO is $39,995, including destination, and a well-optioned SHO can still land well above $45k.

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