2018 Ford Taurus 2.0L EcoBoostPrice and Reviews- The first Taurus blasted upon the scene in the mid-1980s as Ford’s volume level sedan, stunning the auto world with an aero-focused design that sent competition scrambling and buyers storming into Blue Oval dealers. (It subsequently appeared on seven straight 10Best Automobiles lists. ) By 1992, the Taurus was the bestselling car in America, a title it kept through 1995. But mil novecentos e noventa e seis saw the Taurus trip through a controversial overhaul, and the badge faded for a spell in the mid-2000s before being resurrected on a much larger car–the Fusion had soaked up mid-sizer duties–when the 500 was renamed.
The latest Taurus has been around in its current form since the 2010 model yr, and generally like it, but every accolade we might dole out comes with a “but”–it’s an attractive car, but the rear seat is humorously cramped; it’s a secure cruiser, but its heave up and soft suspension preclude any athleticism. And one might say that the 2010-2012 Taurus’s naturally equiped 3. 5-liter V-6 acquired a lttle bit of your drinking problem, at least in line with the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY estimates of 18 miles per gallon city and 27 road. EcoBoost, thank goodness! A thorough 2013 refresh would find a 2. 0l turbocharged four-cylinder introduced to the lineup, bringing with it EPA marks of 22/32. That turns the Taurus into a veritable Texas tea-totaler, right? Very well, not exactly. The mid-cycle update didn’t trim much heft from the Taurus, partially a legacy of its safety-at-any-cost Volvo S80-based architecture. Even with the lighter 2. 0-liter turbocharged four in place of the 3. 5-liter V-6, our SEL test example still tipped the machines at 3933 pounds. (A Limited trim FWD V-6 we tested weighed 4068. )
The poundage makes itself most known during spirited drives, with organized responses to steering advices and heavy doses of body pitch and spin. These tendencies are amplified in the 2. 0l car, where the spring and coil rates and damper adjustments have been softened anticipated to the slighter lower curb weight. The Taurus does deliver a nice, plush ride over rugged pavement and on the freeway, the latter a place where the car is more at home anyway.
At the test track, the smooth-operating four-banger doesn’t suffer much against the V-6, delivering the power linearly and moving the Taurus to 62 mph in 7. 4 seconds and through the quarter-mile lights in 12-15. 7. Those times are just 0. 5 and 0. 4 second at the rear of the six, despite being down 48 horsepower. What helps are the turbo’s 270 lb-ft of torque–16 more than V-6, available 1000 rpm lower–although the car never feels sprightly. Part of that is the pervasive sensation of bulk, and part is that a 0-60 time in the mid-sevens is pretty pedestrian these times. (How far we’ve come! )
Outside of the engine room, the 2013 refresh brought updated hair styling inside and out, including a new nose and hexagonal grille. It did not, however, change the comprehensive set of goodies. Our SEL-trimmed example came standard with LED taillamps, keyless admittance, six-way power front car seats, a 60/40-split rear table, dual-zone climate control, and Sync. It also got the descriptively named Tools Group 202A ($2300), which bundles MyFord Touch, an eight-inch touchscreen, upgraded 19″ aluminum wheels, pushbutton start, adjustable pedals, and a rear-view camera and back-up sensors. Voice-activated navigation was a $795 add-on and leather seating added $1495, bringing our as-tested price to a palatable 35 dollars, 180, including the $995 for the 2. 0l.
We still like the Taurus–it remains comfortable and handsome, and a good value in the segment–but the 2. 0-liter version isn’t fun enough or real-world efficient enough to justify its premium within the V-6. For an improved experience, check out this engine in the cheaper and smaller Fusion, where really the top engine choice. There you sacrifice a little cargo area and overall interior space but get the same or even more head-, leg-, and shoulder joint room for all residents. The Fusion is also some 400 pounds lighter weight, giving you an improved shot at nearing its ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY estimates of 23 and 33 mpg.