The 2013 Ford Taurus offers more than just refreshed exterior styling. Ford has added an optional 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine to the Taurus lineup for 2013, and the automaker states in a press release that the Taurus is EPA-certified at 32 mpg on the highway with that engine.

Ford has not provided estimates for city fuel economy, and data on the 2013 Taurus is not yet available on the EPA website. However, Ford says that the Taurus 2.0-liter EcoBoost delivers a 26-mpg combined fuel economy rating. That’s more than the base 2013 Taurus’ 19/29 mpg city/highway rating, and it’s also a significant increase over rival large cars like the 2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Toyota Avalon, all of which earn a 23-mpg combined rating from the EPA. However, a new Avalon and Avalon Hybrid are right around the corner, and the mild hybrid Buick LaCrosse eAssist still earns a better combined EPA rating of 29 mpg.

While luxury large cars like the 2012 Audi A6 and BMW 528i are already available with similarly-sized turbocharged engines, the Taurus is the first affordable large car to offer a smaller turbo-four under its hood. Like the 528i, the Taurus produces 240 horsepower when equipped with the 2.0-liter engine, which is 48 horsepower less than the base 2013 Taurus with a 3.5-liter V6. Automobile Magazine points out that Ford offers the same engine in other models, like the 2012 Explorer and Edge, as well as the 2013 Escape and Fusion.

The 2013 Ford Taurus with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will go on sale later this year. Pricing has yet to be announced on the new model, but upgrading to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the base 2013 Edge SE adds $995 to the bottom line. The base 2013 Taurus SE starts at $26,600, plus a $795 destination charge.

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