2013 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost
2013 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost. Click image to enlarge
Ford aims to sell 480,000 EcoBoost annually in Europe by 2015

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Review by Peter Bleakney
Photos by Peter Bleakney and Jonathan Yarkony and courtesy Ford of Europe

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2013 Ford Taurus

Dearborn, MI – Ford’s EcoBoost program, which utilizes smaller displacement direct-injection turbocharged engines in the battle against fuel consumption, appears to be chugging along quite nicely. The company says EcoBoost production will reach nearly 1.6 million engines globally by 2013.

Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas, brags that Ford has seven vehicles with the smallest displacements in their respective segments.

We’ve seen the 3.5L V6, 2.0L I4 and 1.6L I4 EcoBoost engines in a number of applications. During a recent visit to Ford’s sprawling Dearborn Development Center, I drove a couple of new EcoBoost offerings—one a definite and the other a definite-maybe.

2013 Ford Taurus 2.0L EcoBoost

2013 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost
2013 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost
2013 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost. Click image to enlarge

Rolling into showrooms now is a version of Ford’s full-size sedan fitted with the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder. This joins the naturally aspirated 288-hp 3.5L V6 Taurus and 365-hp 3.5L EcoBoost Taurus SHO presently in the model’s lineup. The pressurized four-pot makes 240 hp and 270 lb-ft at 1,675 rpm, and with Transport Canada fuel numbers of 9.2 L/100 km city and 6.2 highway, the automaker claims this to be best-in-segment fuel economy. It runs on regular grade gas and a smooth-shifting six-speed auto is the sole transmission.

The 2.0L Ecoboost costs $1000 over the base 3.5L V6 and is available on front-wheel-drive SE and SEL trim levels. This sets the starting point for Taurus 2.0L at $29,799.

Is the 2.0 worth the extra G-note? After a stint behind the wheel on both highway and inner city roads, I’d say this is all the engine you’d ever need in the Taurus. It’s smooth, quiet, and the omnipresent torque-shove is your friend. With nary a hint of turbo lag, you’d be hard pressed to figure this as a turbo engine. It gets a bit gruff during hard acceleration, but that’s it for complaints from this camp.

I’ve driven this engine in the full-size Explorer SUV and mid-size Edge crossover, and on both occasions it served well. That said, the 2.0L EcoBoost seems an even better match here. The Taurus 2.0 also benefits from slightly less weight in front, making it feel a bit more responsive on the road.

The only reason I can see why you’d want the 3.5L V6 in the Taurus is to get all-wheel-drive—oh, and to save $1,000, which, despite the 2.0L’s advertised fuel consumption, you are unlikely to ever save at the pumps.

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