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GREEN | 6 out of 10
19 mpg city, 29 highway (Taurus); 18/26 (Taurus AWD); 17/25 (Taurus SHO)
The Taurus's optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is the best choice for fuel economy here, rated at 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and a combined 26 miles per gallon. That's about average for the segment, though it's shamed by the Toyota Avalon Hybrid's 40 mpg.
The hot-rod Taurus SHO model with the turbocharged 3.5-liter engine does even worse, at just 20 mpg combined (17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway), but the SHO we drove enthusiastically for more than 100 miles returned just 16.5 mpg.
Otherwise, the 3.5-liter V-6 models come in at 23 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway) in front-wheel-drive form. Adding all-wheel drive (available on SEL and Limited models) bumps that down to 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city, only 26 mpg highway). We saw almost 20 mpg in a Taurus Limited AWD test car over more than 250 miles of driving.
Even with the small turbo four, the Taurus' fuel economy is just average.