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Somehow the Ford Taurus manages to be a rather large sedan with a tight and cramped interior. Poor packaging efficiency, led by a center console resembling the Great Wall of China and not much rear-seat room results in an interior that feels smaller than many midsized sedans. Small windows and thick pillars add to the claustrophobic feel, making it difficult for the driver to see out.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2000; side and head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

Somehow the Ford Taurus manages to be a rather large sedan with a tight and cramped interior. Poor packaging efficiency, led by a center console resembling the Great Wall of China and not much rear-seat room results in an interior that feels smaller than many midsized sedans. Small windows and thick pillars add to the claustrophobic feel, making it difficult for the driver to see out. All but base trims add to the frustration with MyFord Touch's confusing and distracting controls.

Maybe some of this could be forgiven if the Taurus was rewarding to drive, but that's not the case either. It feels like a big car and comes up short on agility. At least the cabin is quiet and the ride is smooth.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (288 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Back up camera quality deteriorated”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“When the outside temperature is hot, occasionally the screen does not come on. One time when driving using navigation, the screen did not fill out the map. The screen was touched and immediately everything stopped (engine, radio, air conditioner)”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Taurus Limited Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Navigation system and radio totally failed. It cost several hundred dollars to reformat”

Leon H., MI (2013 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“It would indicate the wrong location . usually 1 mile back of the current location”

Kenneth L., OH (2013 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“The device seems to have a hard time understanding voice commands. Sometimes takes five or six tries and there are some addresses that it never accepts”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Very disappointed with functionality and ridiculous price for map updates. My portable Garmin is much more functional. We usually take both with us”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Sometimes i have to shut off the car to get the phone to disconnect”

Michael W., MI (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Erratic occurrences of malfunctions: cell phone won't come on to speaker. Call cancelling takes several tries. Sync disappears in mid use. Screen goes black”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Using phone on Bluetooth: Call would not end after pushing end call button”

Jim S., NE (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“system simply will not "pair" with my iPhone -- Dealership also unable to pair and says it is a systemic problem they have with iPhone's (as opposed to Android operating systems)”

Rodney R., TX (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Phone pairs at some times but not at others. Appears to be random”

Janice G., OR (2013 Ford Taurus Limited Unsure)

“Misinterpretation of clear commands. Inconsistent reliability to do as commanded”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“The phone does not always sync with the system”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
CD player

“Would not work. Dealer replaced. Has been fine since”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“The main computer chip that controls My Ford Touch and the display screen failed and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“have to do master reset to free up frozen sync system. Took Ford 2 1/2 years to finally fix the problem by replacing some unnamed component. System works perfectly now”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Screen in blue”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Freezes then it reboots. recalled and new software installed at dealer”

Kenneth L., OH (2013 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“USB port only works part of the time”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“The vibration could be felt mostly in the seat and floor, but some in the steering wheel. The dealer never did find or resolve the problem”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Had replace 3 out for wheel bearings”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Alignment

“it was bearing to the left a little and dealer fixed the alignment”

Jack S., NB (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“The dealer advised me that an alignment was required. It probably was the result of running the passenger side front end unintentionally into a curb”

Maureen C., ON (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

“The sway bar end links needed replacing. Also, the left front wheel bearing had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Bad strut covered on warranty”

Dale H., OK (2013 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Power steering warning lights came on and when car shut off the power steering quit working. Vehicle had to be towed to dealer electric rack had to be replaced. The rack sells for $1200. plus labor on a vehicle with 50k miles. Very disappointed in th”

Michael W., MI (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Power steering failed ... Dealer stated it was computer and some kind of linkage problem. Car was in shop waiting for new parts from Ford approximately a month. Part was not available at time of failure from Ford. Never understood root source of prob”

Robert G., NC (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“Rear pads and roto4 needed replacement after 41k miles. Right side rotor pitted, warped and had overheated. Left side better but also overheated. Could smell brake fumrs after parking car and rotors very hot”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“prematur brake pad wear”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Normal wear”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“premature rotor wear”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

“Parking brake did not release causing excessive wear and near for rebuilding caliper and replacing rotor. This happened three times. The dealer repaired symptoms 2X, hopefully this last time the problem is fixed”

Jeffrey K., MA (2013 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“Calipers were not releasing freely after brakes were applied and released”

Kenneth C., NS (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“I WAS TOLD BRAKE PADS ARE REPLACED DUE TO NORMAL WARE BY THE DEALERSHIP”

Mike T., ON (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“Brake alarm light came on daily for 3 weeks. Took 4 visits to Ford dealer to finally diagnose problem and correct as leaking vacuum lines under warranty”

G D., TX (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“The sensor/valve that maintains negative pressure in the fuel tank failed. Replaced at a cost of app. $240.00”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“while driving, the car would stop. Had to turn off engine to restart car”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“some valve in the feul evaporator control system stuck open and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Warning light came on and dealer fixed it free of charge”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

“seal not tight allowing fumes to escape, fixed under warranty”

Charles D., PA (2013 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“Factory recall. I had no actual problem”

James W., OH (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“OEM recall to replace fuel pump”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“The vehicle was recalled for interior door handle inspection. Recall 15S02”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Recall on door latch problem”

John C., NY (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Doors do not open on first pull. Some mechanical issue inside the door prevents the outside handle from working properly. 2 attempts by dealer to fix have failed. Problem persists even after multiple complaints”

Anonymous, NV (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Recalled by manufacturer and fixed”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

“Distortion”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“drain pipe from sun roof clogged and leaked onto passenger floor. not initially seen as covered by floor mats”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Moonroof water leaks. Had to replace under warranty”

Lawrence Y., NC (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Dash rattles”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“Persistent wind noise at above 50 mph seeming to eminate from the driver side A Pillar, in spite of three trips to the dealer to correct”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“Wind noise around the driver side window, especially when the moon roof is open”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Works perfectly 95% of the time, but needs some final bug fixes”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Quit recognizing phone. Doesn't always show the radio station selected”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“The screen often displays the message 'No Disc' when I am trying to input navigation data”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Difficult to use. Distracting. Difficult to get heat/cooling system to work. Radio stops for no reason. GPS has never worked satisfactorily. Heating system fixed after numerous complaints and 35700 mi. No one listened to our complaints”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“When using voice commands for the phone, it rarely gets the name right the first time. If it is unsure, it will put four-seven numbers (names) on the screen and ask you to select one. The range is from simple names to multiple not at all alike names”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Wiper motor or washer

“It failed within the last year, and had to be replaced”

Robin N., AR (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“back up lights”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“driver seat doesn't go up or down. Metal under seat looks like it is rusting”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Passenger front door courtesy LED lights stopped working after about 5k miles”

Jon C., MD (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Unreliable -- car says "no key detected" when I have the key in my hand. Dealership can't figure it out and has advised me to carry TWO keys with me (that seems to work but cannot assign blame to either key)”

Rodney R., TX (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“The climate control would slip to blow cold air despite the temperature being set high”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“I have had my car in three times for the heated seat not working and it still is not fixed, despite the fact, that they keep my car for a week every time”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Rear seat controls were not connected from factory”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Bad design, I replaced with an updated design from Ford”

Patrick B., CT (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“Vibration problem that took 3 dealers to finally diagnose. Ruidoso Ford NM finally arranged to have an advanced high balance done to track it down. Think this make be a systemic problem to this model”

Kathleen C., NY (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Vibration felt like wheel balance but turned out to be a front half shaft CV joint. Took numerous visits to the dealer over about 6 weeks to identify and repair”

Anonymous, NB (2013 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“front low bumper catches easily on parking lot cement stoppers”

Kathleen C., NY (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Dash lower mounting bolt was not torqued properly. Dealer could not diagnose problem. Customer had to fix because dealer was incompetent!”

Anonymous, NV (2013 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

“Injector failed causing fuel to leak”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Oil leaks

“Slight weeping in the shroud noticed when changing the oil at 28,000 miles”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

“After 72000, the water pump began leaking. Ford dealership wanted over $2400 to replace the water pump....about an $80 pump!! OUTRAGEOUS!!!!”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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