Ford’s 2.0 Liter EcoBoost Taurus Boasts 32 mpg

The Ford Taurus, the Blue Oval’s technology and performance full-sized flagship sedan, is being launched for 2013 with an optional new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

The Taurus’ new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is certified at 32 mpg highway and a 26-mpg combined EPA rating. This new engine will produce 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.

EcoBoost is the term Ford uses to identify its range of direct-injected turbocharged engines, and the company offers another EcoBoost engine in the Taurus, a 3.5 liter exclusive to the high performance SHO model.

EcoBoost engines are fundamental to Ford’s strategy of providing technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains that generally deliver up to 20-percent better fuel economy, 15-percent fewer CO2 emissions, and more power as well.


“Ford understands people want fuel-efficient vehicles but don’t want to sacrifice power, cargo 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.”

Fuel economy in the 2013 Taurus is additionally enhanced by an active grille shutter system. Positioned between the grille opening and radiator, the shutters are controlled by the engine’s control module. Shutter slats automatically open and close to maintain the ideal operating temperatures and optimize vehicle aerodynamics.

The release of these numbers for the large Ford sedan comes the day after Toyota released details about its new for 2013 large Avalon sedan. Available in hybrid version, the EPA says the Avalon Hybrid will achieve 40 mpg in the city, and a 39 mpg on the highway. The Avalon Hybrid achieves a total system output of 200 horsepower.

The 3.5-liter, DOHC V6 -powered 2013 Avalon achieves an EPA-rated 25 mpg combined (21 city/ 31 hwy). The all-aluminum six-cylinder engine will produce 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.

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  • Anonymous

    “EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is certified at 32 mpg highway and a 26-mpg combined EPA rating.”

    pathetic… this should be called EcoWash

  • Max Reid


    So now, Taurus, Impala (Partial Hybrid) & Avalon (Fulll Hybrid) are all available with V4 engines. Thats the future. Slowly V6 engines will go away and already V4 engines have more than 50% market share in the overall vehicle sales for YTD-2012.

  • DownUnder

    I think most cars have straight 4 not V4.
    On another note, why the article title mentioned MPG for highway? It should mention combined MPG. Misleading.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    That’s pretty impressive considering this car is pretty huge….


  • Mike__

    This EcoBoost is all marketing – any turbocharged engine will get superior fuel economy compared to a normally aspirated engine of larger displacement, but what they won’t tell you of course is that it comes at the expense of engine life. And of course there’s that nagging little irritant of having to let the turbo cool down for a couple of minutes every time you arrive at a destination. There’s no free ride here.

    No turbos for me. Give me a diesel or hybrid anyday.

  • Al Bunzel

    In my opinion, Ford has got to be kidding.

    I just had a look at the Lexus site ( and according to that site, the GS 450h gets 51.4 mpg (extra urban) and 46.3mpg (combined).
    The Lexus GS 450h is also Rear Wheel Drive – not Front Wheel Drive like the Taurus (and yes, I’m aware Taurus have an all wheel drive version).

    How does Ford expect me to tow a boat with a Front Wheel Drive? I just had a look at and I can’t find info about towing with the I4 ecoboost. It seems the 3.5L can tow 1000 lbs, but (1)Taurus SHO with 3.5L EcoBoost™ engine is not rated to tow a trailer.
    Pathetic. Do they think I’m going to be towing a shopping bag in a little Barbie Doll trailer?
    I believe the Lexus GS 450h can tow 3300 lbs (braked) which in my opinion is pretty good.
    Also, with the GS 450h being a full hybrid, you get regenerative braking which means brake pads and rotors don’t wear out as often and better braking effect, especially when going down a hill with a trailer.

    The other thing I want to know about the ecoboost motor is how loud will it be on the highway at 70mph? Will the I4 ecoboost be revving its guts like a lot of 4 cylinder cars I’ve been in?
    At least with the Lexus GS 450h, I can be assured it will be quieter with the electric motor and smooth 3.5L V6 motor.

    Also, with the Lexus GS 450h, being a full hybrid, it will have instant acceleration from both a standing start and a rolling start – no lag.

    And here is the thing that gets people in Australia frustrated – every now and again there are rumors (apparently nothing confirmed at this stage) that Ford wants to replace the Falcon I6 4.0L rear wheel drive with this Taurus fwd.

    My Australian friends who drive Ford Falcons at the moment have indicated that they will not migrate to the Taurus. They want a car that is rear wheel drive with plenty of low end torque, great towing capacity, quiet, comfortable with generous room inside.
    Do you think the Taurus meets all of these criteria?
    I don’t think so.

    Good thing the GS 450h does. No wonder why I see a lot more Lexus full hybrids on the road.

  • Bob Waterfall

    Apples to apples. European and US test cycles are different, as are US and UK gallons. USEPA fuel efficiency ratings for the 2013 Lexus GS450h ( are 29 city, 34 highway, 31 combined. The US to imperial gal conversion brings the combined up to 38.75 mpg(UK). The other 20% difference I believe is typical of the different test cycles. 31 is still much better than 25, but not as much as you thought. No argument with your other points though.

    BTW, I didn’t realize they still made the Falcon for the Australian market All these years I thought Mad Max was in a Mustang.

  • Al Bunzel


    Thank you for pointing out that there are differences between Euro & US test cycles and US & UK gallons. I’ll keep that in mind. I usually use L/100km cycle which is liters used per 100 kilometers of driving.

    I agree, 31 mpg is better than 25 mpg.

    Ford Australia still makes the Falcon at the moment (
    There are a number of engine varieties including the I6 & I6 turbo, I4 Ecoboost & an I6 with liquid injection LPG (mixture of butane and propane). I believe FPV (Ford Performance Vehicles) makes a V8 version.
    As far as I am aware, no electric, diesel or hybrid versions are available.

    As far as I am aware, the future of the Falcon in Australia is uncertain depending on who you listen to. Sometimes, I hear talk of the Taurus replacing the Falcon. Other times, I sometimes hear about using the Mustang as a replacement. Nothing is certain at this stage. I’ve been told that the Mondeo wagon was supposed to replace the Falcon wagon, but there is a Ford Territory which is a SUV based on the Falcon platform. I can’t seem to find a Falcon wagon in the current Falcon range.

    The Falcon models like the ones used in Mad Max are pretty rare these days. The last time I saw those types of Falcons on the road was around a year ago. People who have them usually keep them in their garages and drive them on occasions. I don’t know much about these Falcons, but I think some had 351 Clevelands and they came out in an I6.

    Front wheel drive cars are not embraced by those who want to tow boats and caravans or travel long distances in Australia. Everytime the Taurus is mentioned as a possible replacement for the Falcon, I notice it stirs up a lot of debate and emotion amongst many in the Australian public.

    That’s why a number of my friends are looking at alternatives should the Falcon be replaced by the Taurus. Merc, BMW and Lexus GS series are some of the alternatives under consideration.

  • American buyer – if I can

    Howdy all,

    This vehicle is not for me: It’s too massive and not efficient enough for my family and I. However, in contrast to some others, I am excited to see Ford putting a small, powerful, and (somewhat) fuel efficient engine in the Taurus. Furthermore, I am a bit discouraged at the negative (and sometimes unthoughtful) comments this article has elicited.
    -I agree with the above commenter in that I would very much favor the Lexus GS 450h over a four cylinder turbocharged Taurus. However to compare those vehicles is a bit unfair. The price difference alone is very impressive (at least in the US).
    -Another commenter has suggested that Ecoboost is just a marketing gimmick, and then stated, “No turbos for me. Give me a diesel or hybrid anyday.” I agree with the preference for a hybrid, but I suggest that the above quoted statement is at least a bit contradictory. I could be missing something here, but aren’t all new diesel powered vehicles turbocharged?

    Thanks so much for the civil and thoughtful discussion. That’s what keeps me coming back to this site.


  • jones22

    This is so good to see that this car gets 32 mpg. I see this car selling a lot in the future. Great job on the motor here. yaz class action lawsuit