performance flagship sedan, is now certified by the EPA as the class leader in large sedan city
and highway fuel economy.
than the 2012 Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger and Toyota Avalon.
The all-new Taurus demonstrates fuel economy isn’t limited to compact car sizes. All three
engine options for the 2013 model have now been certified at 25 mpg or higher in EPA highway
space or convenience preferences to get them,” said Raj Nair, vice president of Engineering for
Global Product Development. “Taurus fuel economy showcases Ford’s success in developing
smaller yet more powerful engines for its larger vehicles.”
• Smart battery management
• Aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff
• Reduced friction lubricants
dealerships later this summer.
First, let’s explain that both the Flex and Taurus get what we call “re-fresh’s,” since the main ingredients are pretty much the same as last year’s models. The WOW-factor comes from new front fascia’s, continuing the theme started with the new 2012 Focus.
Both vehicles get upgraded engine choices, which include a bump in fuel economy and horsepower.
We have always had a soft place in our hearts for both vehicles. BMW should worry about the loaded Taurus SHO since it compares almost across the board with the 5 Series – except for the price; where Taurus wins hands-down.
As one of the Ford folks told me on this trip, “The Flex can be polarizing.” Okay, maybe so, but if I liked family vacation road trips – which I do – this vehicle tops the list. Three rows of comfortable seating with plenty of second row legroom, the revised My Ford Touch system, all-wheel drive with V-6 power and fuel economy all add up to a winner
The challenges were plentiful on our four hour ride through the snow-covered mountains to the Pacific coast -as you can see from our family photo album.
The Flex had as much traction as we called for with our right foot; no skids, slips or falls.
Same goes for the Taurus, as we were given an all-wheel drive model that clung to the road like Houston’s new-found March mosquito population finds bare skin.