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2013 Ford Taurus Review

The 2013 Ford Taurus has a cushy ride and good safety scores. However, a below-average reliability rating and a confusing infotainment system keep it in the bottom third of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Huge trunk
  • Comfortable ride
  • Difficult-to-use MyFord Touch infotainment system

New for 2013

  • Revised interior and exterior styling
  • New four-cylinder EcoBoost engine
  • Base model has more horsepower and increased fuel economy
  • Updated MyFord Touch infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Ford Taurus Overview

Is the 2013 Ford Taurus a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Ford Taurus sedan isn’t a great car, but it does have a comfortable ride and plenty of trunk space. Its three engine options will suit your daily power needs, but you’ll be less pleased with their poor fuel economy estimates. The Taurus has an attractive interior – just skip models with the complicated MyFord Touch infotainment system.

Used 2013 Ford Taurus Performance and Interior

The 2013 Ford Taurus has two good engines. The standard V6 makes 288 horsepower and produces plenty of power for most driving situations. Its fuel economy, however, is disappointing – just 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The available turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost is also strong enough to move the Taurus along, and it gets better fuel economy of 22/31 mpg city/highway.

Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is available. The transmission delivers smooth shifts on flat surfaces. On hills, however, it has a hard time finding the right gear. For a large car, the Taurus has composed handling and accurate steering. Its ride is tuned for comfort, not sportiness.

If you crave power, the all-wheel-drive Ford Taurus SHO model’s 365-horsepower, turbocharged V6 engine delivers plenty of it. All that power comes at a price, though; the SHO gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

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The 2013 Ford Taurus has seating for five in a quiet cabin that features high-quality, soft-touch materials. The front seats offer long-haul comfort, and the standard power-adjustable driver’s seat makes it easy to find a suitable driving position. There’s a wide center console that reduces front-seat hip room and legroom. Most average-height adults will find ample head- and legroom in the Ford Taurus’ back seats. The rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor with the ability to borrow lower anchors from the outboard seats. At 20.1 cubic feet, the 2013 Taurus has more storage space than most other cars in the segment.

The 2013 Taurus comes with a six-speaker stereo, cruise control, and an auxiliary input jack. Ford offers the Taurus with a number of available features, including a premium Sony sound system, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, and a voice-controlled MyFord Touch infotainment system with SYNC. MyFord Touch offers useful smartphone connectivity features, but the complicated menus take some time to learn.

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Used 2013 Ford Taurus Prices

The average price of a used 2013 Ford Taurus SE with front-wheel drive is nearly $9,500. The performance-focused Ford Taurus SHO with all-wheel drive has an average price of about $14,900. Prices vary based on the car’s mileage, condition, location, and technology.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Ford Taurus?

J.D. Power gave the 2013 Ford Taurus a reliability rating of 2.5 out of five. That’s below average for the automotive industry. Most cars in this class earn a reliability rating of three of higher. 

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How Safe Is the Taurus?

Most large cars perform well in safety evaluations, and the 2013 Taurus is no exception. It was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it received the top rating of Good in its IIHS crash tests (moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints). The Taurus earned an Acceptable rating in the drivers’ side small overlap front crash test. The passenger side score wasn’t reported. On the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s five-star safety rating scale, the 2013 Taurus earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests. It received four stars in the rollover evaluation.

The 2013 Taurus has a number of available driver assistance safety features, including a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with automatic braking, active park assist, and blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert.

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Is the 2013 Taurus the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Ford Taurus is part of the generation that began with the 2010 model. The 2013 Taurus received several noteworthy updates. The interior styling was improved, the EcoBoost engine was introduced, and the V6 engine received a boost in horsepower. The 2014 Taurus received no major updates, while the 2015 Taurus made Bluetooth and a USB port standard.

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Which Used Ford Taurus Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Taurus sedan has four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. The Ford Taurus SE comes with a six-speaker stereo, cruise control, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, remote keyless entry, and a 4.2-inch LCD display.

Most shoppers will find a better value in the Ford Taurus SEL, which adds appealing features like dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, satellite radio, and a voice-activated Ford SYNC smartphone connectivity system. If it’s within your budget, you should also consider the Ford Taurus Limited, which adds 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, and dual USB ports. The Taurus Limited also comes with a couple of active safety features, like a rearview camera and a reverse-sensing system.

For more power and driving fun, choose the all-wheel-drive Ford Taurus SHO. It features a sport-tuned suspension and a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Inside, the Taurus SHO comes with push-button start, adjustable pedals, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Taurus. Certified pre-owned vehicles are also available at Ford dealerships. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Ford Taurus and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Taurus or 2013 Chrysler 300?

The rear-wheel-drive Chrysler 300 features a handsome interior made with top-quality materials, including standard leather upholstery. It comes with more standard features than the Taurus, including Bluetooth, heated front seats, and Chrysler’s user-friendly UConnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display. The 300 also has a more powerful base V6 engine and a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Go with the Chrysler.

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Taurus or 2013 Toyota Avalon?

The top-ranked Toyota Avalon is the better vehicle overall. The Avalon has a higher reliability rating and more standard features than the Taurus, including leather seating, a 6.1-inch touch screen, and Bluetooth. Additionally, the Toyota Avalon’s strong V6 engine has just 20 fewer horsepower than the Taurus’, while earning some of the highest fuel economy estimates in the class.

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