2013-ford-taurusIt’s my Dad’s fault that I’ve raised a Ford tough family, so when I was given the opportunity to test drive the 2013 Ford Taurus on a road trip to Rapid City, South Dakota, the gearhead in me said, “Yippee ki-yay! Vroom! Vroom!” Then my shiny Ruby Red beauty was delivered to my home, the day before a Denver to Rapid City, South Dakota road trip. The round-trip test drive cured my itchy feet and offered me insight into the 2013 Ford Tarurus SEL AWD. I returned to Denver with a greater appreciation of the new Taurus. 

My current ride is an immense 2003 Ford Expedition (leftover from the softball mom days), so the transition from an SUV to a sedan is initially a bit awkward; especially that feeling that I’m too close to the ground. Although no doubt lower than my Expedition, the comfortable interior, balanced ride, and huge trunk had me at hello!

The 2013 Ford Taurus gives extra horsepower, a smaller EcoBoost engine, promises of better fuel economy, and an easier-to-use MyFord Touch infotainment system.

However, my learning curve proved longer as I’m not known for cabin technology skills. I immediately figured out how to work the Sirius radio, but the other gizmos and gadgets took a bit longer to find and conquer. Once we dug out the owner’s manual, our progress improved, but we only tipped the iceberg on the amazing technology inside our Taurus cabin — Sirius radio, syncing to your phone, dual temperature controls, and much more.

My road trip was a girlfriend getaway, and you know how girls pack? Yeah, well, our suitcases looked puny in the oversized trunk, and then we layered our coats, extra shoes, tote bags, purses (small suitcases), and miscellaneous other girl stuff in the back seat. We had plenty of elbow and leg room in the front seats, and the heated seats were a hit during our winter road trip!

We spent hours on the road – 14 hours round trip to/from Denver, and once we arrived in Rapid City, we also added milesto the Black Hills area attractions, offering plenty of quality time with my 2013 Ford Taurus. Whether maneuvering through the Colorado Rockies, winding Black Hills, or the open roads of Wyoming, the Taurus really surprised me, not the same Ford my parents drove in the 80s. My biggest surprise was the smooth-as-silk ride, even along the often-bumpy Wyoming highways.  It’s also sized perfectly for a family of four — or a traveling grandmom like me with two grandkids. And who doesn’t like Ruby Red cars? The only thing missing on my travels were matching red traveling heels — guess I should add a pair to my shopping list! 

What I Loved:
Lots of leg room in the driver and passenger seats!
SYNC Voice Activated Systems
Push Button Start with Remote = warm car in the winter, cool car in heat of summer
Heated seats – When it’s cold outside, don’t you love a warm bum (temp adjustable)?
Dual temperature controls
Comfortable cabin, quiet, smooth ride
Center console – plenty of room for phone, drinking cups, small objects.
Leather seats
Leather wrapped steering-wheel
3Taurus V6 has 288 horsepower, lots of pick up and go, even dashing the mountains!
6-Speed Auto Transmission
HUGE trunk (20.1 cu.ft.)!
All Wheel Drive, perfect for winter driving

What You Need to Know
18 MPG city/26 highway
MSRP $30,650 base price; $35,635 for the model we drove
5-passenger seating, but backseat not as roomy
3 year/36,000 mile bumbper/bumper warranty
5 year/60,000 power train warranty
5 year/60,000 mile roadside assistance

Disclosure: Ford provided the Taurus for my review; opinions here are all my own.

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