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Turbo Taurus is tops in fuel mileage

Wednesday - 2/27/2013, 3:03pm  ET

In a March 12, 2012 photo provided by Ford, the new 2013 Ford Taurus is launched in Portland, Oregon as media have the first opportunity to drive the new product. The 2013 Ford Taurus is even more refined for the 2013 model year - with better fuel economy, more technology, enhanced design, improved craftsmanship and sharpened driving dynamics. (AP Photo/Ford)

ANN M. JOB
For The Associated Press

Don't expect to find a four-cylinder engine in a big, roomy, 17-foot-long sedan?

You're not alone. These big, four-door cars traditionally have V-6s, with choice of optional V-8s.

But in the interest of fuel economy, Ford is turning tradition on its head.

For 2013, the automaker's full-size and attractively restyled Taurus includes an optional, turbocharged, EcoBoost four cylinder that capably and impressively delivers 240 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque.

This turbo four cylinder, which also is direct injected, makes the Taurus the most fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered, non-hybrid, 2013 full-size sedan in the United States.

The federal government fuel economy rating for this model is 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway, with an estimated range of nearly 450 miles on a single tank of regular gasoline.

This mileage rating rivals the pricier, 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 Bluetec, which uses diesel fuel and is a smaller-size sedan than the Taurus.


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