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2013 Ford Taurus

2013 Ford Taurus

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Great Car for Long Roadtrip

by from Peoria, IL on September 7, 2012

I recently spent a week with the new Taurus. Here's my take during the 2000 mile roundtrip from Central Illinois to the panhandle of Florida and New Orleans. The first impression I got during a walk a...
I recently spent a week with the new Taurus. Here's my take during the 2000 mile roundtrip from Central Illinois to the panhandle of Florida and New Orleans. The first impression I got during a walk around the car, is the height of the trunk. No need to bend over when putting in the luggage. You feel like you're sitting up higher in this sedan. The front visibility is good, no issues or close calls when looking out the front or sides, however the rear visibility is a different story. Because of the elevated rear-end, the narrowing of the rear windows, and the passenger side headrest, I found that backing out of parking spaces was an act of faith, not of sight. Going down the road, the side and rear view mirrors do a great job of providing visibility. The embedded spot mirrors are a huge plus for highway driving. The Entertainment System with its satellite radio, CD and input jacks for ipods and smartphones is very complete, easy to use and sounds great. My only qualm is the volume control lacked granularity. Volume setting number three was too soft, and number four was at times too loud. It's ridiculous to have over 30 increments, but because of how it's engineered, it's tough to find a setting that keeps everyone happy. As a work around you can go into the equalizer settings, and dial down the bass, midrange and treble, but I'd rather see Ford recalibrate this in the future. Something I found odd, maybe it just doesn't work the same way as in all the other cars I've driven, is the cruise control. You can hold down on the set switch which does put the Taurus in a temporary "coast mode", however I found if I had to do this twice within a short amount of time I was rewarded with some very peculiar behavior. Not only would it try to speed up, but it also downshifted to accelerate and then would not go back into overdrive. Shutting the cruise off took care of the issue, so it's not a big problem, but something that could be improved. I learned it was easier to just use the cancel, and then resume or reset my speed to prevent this problem. The dual temperature controls made for a great climate. My wife is generally cold, and prefers her side of the car a bit warmer, and there were no complaints from a back seat passengers who have their vent from the front seat armrest. I did notice a few times, when coming off of highway speeds and pulling into town that the air conditioner stalls. The cabin gets a little warm and I usually had to turn down the climate control and maybe bump up the fan a bit to get things back to normal. I did not have the system in "auto". Most people have waited years to finally have a car that doesn't need a gas cap. I'm sure somebody is getting rich off the patent. It works very well at the gas pump, but if you want to add... say a bottle of octane booster, or fuel system cleaner, you are going to have some wet shoes. Without knowing how this thing works, I found out the hard way that nothing gets in the tank unless it goes through a metal spout of the gas pump. This could be an interesting situation, should you ever run out of gas. Speaking of gas, I ran the mileage calculations for the entire 2000 mile trip. It averaged 25.7, with the best tank coming in at 28. Thats with the trunk full, 4 adults, with temps in the upper 80's most of the way. Not bad, but for the average MPG I was hoping for better. Past experience in a Ford cars has been very similar. in 2006 we rented a Five-hundred and averaged 26.5 on a 5600 mile loop to California. Much more mountainous driving, the "500" had a 6 speed automatic instead of the 5 speed in this, but still, after 6 years of engineering the mileage has not improved. Pros: Entertainment system layout and functionality. Quiet Ride Remote Start Huge trunk Overall handling Sport mode transmission Forward and side visibility, side view mirrors Power Steering is very consistent (helpful) at low speeds Cons: Gas milage Fuel inlet Lack of granularity in volume control. Rear visibility poorer than expected for a sedan Cruise stumbles when attempting to coast then resume Air Conditioner stalls when coming down from highway speeds. Lack of oil pressure, electrical system readings.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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Outstanding car!

by from on May 13, 2012

This is an excellent, innovating vehicle. For those who cannot seem to see out the rear window, there's always the rear-view camera. There is nothing this car lacks, or doesn't overcome. The SHO blows...
This is an excellent, innovating vehicle. For those who cannot seem to see out the rear window, there's always the rear-view camera. There is nothing this car lacks, or doesn't overcome. The SHO blows its competition out of the water in safety, comfort, mobility, and enjoyment. Who says a "family car" can't be fun?
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smoothest ride of many cars tested. classy look

by from tulsa ok on May 10, 2012

I an6ft4in and weigh 340 and fit very nicely in the charcoal leather seats of my 2013 limited with the tuxedo black paint along with the 20 inch polished wheels ,and don't forget the very safe Micheli...
I an6ft4in and weigh 340 and fit very nicely in the charcoal leather seats of my 2013 limited with the tuxedo black paint along with the 20 inch polished wheels ,and don't forget the very safe Michelin tires outstanding safety features along with sync system. Ready for one of many road trips.Job well done ford.
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Great Car - Critics - Read the Manual

by from Texas on October 31, 2013

This car has positive press despite a surprising Consumer Report ranking (See final paragraph) This is a big car folks but it drives like a midsize. I have the SHO version with the performance package...
This car has positive press despite a surprising Consumer Report ranking (See final paragraph) This is a big car folks but it drives like a midsize. I have the SHO version with the performance package and it packs a punch. I wasn't looking for an STR8. I wanted something with good power and a quiet yet stylish cabin. The ride is good and the acceleration of the Twin Turbo 365Bhp V6 is impressive and exudes confidence. The brakes got an upgrade this year and give the car good stopping power. The rear window is a bit narrow and even more with a spoiler but it wasn't a deal breaker for me. The electronic blind spot notification on the mirrors is a great safety aid (not a replacement). For as big as this car is, it can take a highway turn like a car half its size; the AWD of the SHO makes this possible. I'm hooked on this car. The styling on the SHO is is great; those of us who own one know this and if you're considering one, go to a dealership and have a look at the different trim levels to see for yourself. The Taurus has been put on Consumer Reports 10 Worst cars. I subscribe to Consumer Reports but they are dead wrong when they dismiss a car because they find the electronics and telematics to complicated. Computer Engineers use the term RTFM which means sit down and read the manual. All new cars are coming out with high end electronics and they can be cumbersome. Please don't judge a Taurus because Consumer Reports didn't bother to take the time to learn how to use it and wrote the car off because of it. Does this remind anyone of the BMW iDrive debacle a few years ago? Mine works just fine. This car was voted Best Large Car for the Money by US News and World Report. Those two reviews couldn't be further apart. Forbes magazine was also critical of judging a car on one single thing. If you get this car, get the SHO - I can't stop driving it.
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Affordable luxury

by from Grand Rapids, MI on September 24, 2013

I bought the base Limited model as I was looking for an affordable full size sedan and wanted two factors to it: 1) Looked new & sporty 2) Hot some fun tech options on inside. MyFord touch is absolut...
I bought the base Limited model as I was looking for an affordable full size sedan and wanted two factors to it: 1) Looked new & sporty 2) Hot some fun tech options on inside. MyFord touch is absolutely wonderful once you put the time into learning all it's features. It is very intuitive and if you connect it to your Bluetooth phone offers lots more options. The trunk space is the largest of any car I've seen. You lose a little bit of room in the back seat because of that but it still has plenty of room (it's a big car!). The engine still has decent pickup for a V6 on such a large car. Visibility while backing up is small but the rear backup camera has a surprisingly wide angle so makes up for the lack of visibility. I knew the base Limited model did not have navigation in it so was not a surprise but it would be nice if they included that in all Limited models. I was disappointed to find that the base Limited model does not have heated front seats, even though they are leather. That's very surprising considering how most cars have heated seats these days and you would expect all Limited models to have such a basic feature. Other than that I love the car!
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driver safety; vision is very limited.

by from Saint George Utah, on July 10, 2013

Your visual is very impaired to be able to view out of the rear window and the side mirrors are blocked. The posts between the back and front seat , restrict your ability to see what is coming from yo...
Your visual is very impaired to be able to view out of the rear window and the side mirrors are blocked. The posts between the back and front seat , restrict your ability to see what is coming from your side. I wish I would have test driven longer than ten minutes. The back window is very restricted from size and way it was designed. I enjoy the rest of the car. However the screen for the apps are very difficult unless it is dark or in the shade.
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modern muscle car

by from Barnet, Vermont on May 15, 2013

The 2013 Taurus SHO is a very sporty looking car with lots of ZOOM. 365 Horsepower will really let you pass with ease. The car has all wheel drive and many options we did not know existed. Automatic d...
The 2013 Taurus SHO is a very sporty looking car with lots of ZOOM. 365 Horsepower will really let you pass with ease. The car has all wheel drive and many options we did not know existed. Automatic dimming headlights and automatic wipers are ioptioned on this along with Ford sync, navigation and park assist. The 20 inch chrome and black wheels are nice too. The car is very roomy with a huge trunk. We are very happy with this car.
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Best all around vehicle I have owened.

by from Windsor, Virginia on February 20, 2014

We specified everything we wanted and got even more. We love the comfort and gas mileage as well as all the amenities. We could not be more satisfied as of now. I think I have become a Ford owner for ...
We specified everything we wanted and got even more. We love the comfort and gas mileage as well as all the amenities. We could not be more satisfied as of now. I think I have become a Ford owner for life.
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Sleek Styling

by from New Bedford, Ma on October 30, 2012

Beautiful Car, turns heads wherever I go! I bought the metallic black color with charcoal black interior. Didn't need leather, already plush. High slim windows like the Bat Mobile.
Beautiful Car, turns heads wherever I go! I bought the metallic black color with charcoal black interior. Didn't need leather, already plush. High slim windows like the Bat Mobile.
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great car........... 2013 sel............

by from so. california on February 27, 2014

just can't say enough about this car........... one of the best cars i have owned in my 70 years.... just a great "american" car.............. had this car for 17 months.....
just can't say enough about this car........... one of the best cars i have owned in my 70 years.... just a great "american" car.............. had this car for 17 months.....
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