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​“While the basics remain the same, Ford’s updated the styling of its boxy seven-seater, offering a front-end treatment more avant garde than that of the previous car--or even that of the 2005 Fairlane concept which spawned the Flex.”
– Davey G. Johnson, Autoweek

“The optional EcoBoost twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine, available only with all-wheel drive, is unchanged at 365 hp and 350 lb-ft. It transforms the family-friendly crossover into a rocket, providing huge dollops of torque that make the Flex feel as quick as some sport compacts. We drove an EcoBoost Flex only briefly, but had plenty of fun on the Oregon Coast Highway.”
– Jake Holmes, Automobile Magazine

“As a vehicle, the Flex remains one of those models that its maker did a terrific job of executing. It’s comfortable. The ride is much more pleasant than the alternatives (minivans and full-size crossovers). Interior comfort and fit-and-finish is up to snuff. The vehicle’s design, while clearly not being for everyone, is fun … This is a terrific, if under-appreciated, crossover-wagon.”
– David Kiley, Autoblog

“The interior is pleasant, particularly because it’s quiet. Ford spent a lot of time and effort to make the Taurus quieter than the competition with thicker glass and more sound insulation. According to Ford, the new Taurus is quieter than the Toyota Avalon and the Nissan Maxima, and after driving the car we’re not arguing.”
– Nauman Farooq, Autoguide
“In addition to all the impressive safety equipment that the Taurus already includes—like electronic stability control, a full roster of airbags, MyKey and an SOS Post-Crash Alert System, the Taurus offers an available blind-spot system with cross-traffic alert as well as adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support (which gives audible and visual warnings, and primes the braking system if you’re closing in on slower or stopped traffic).”
– Bengt Halvorson,
“Driving a 2013 Taurus SHO (where all-wheel drive is standard; frontwheel drive is standard in SE, SEL and Limited models, with AWD optional) through hundreds of miles of snow, rain and slush proved no problem, and in fact rather enjoyable. Even amid conditions that might give the Abominable Snowman reason to stay indoors, the all-wheel-drive Taurus never lost its composure.”
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 2013 Ford Flex, Taurus Bring New Excitement to Dealer Showrooms

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​DEARBORN - Two new Ford vehicles are arriving soon at dealerships – the 2013 Ford Flex and 2013 Ford Taurus.

The new 2013 Ford Flex features a sleek new grille that is distinctively Flex. The signature Ford blue oval has been removed from the front, which now bears only the Flex badge. There also are six all-new wheel styles, including three 20-inch selections. In the rear, Flex now has standard dual chrome exhaust tips and an available new rear appliqué with Flex badging.

“The new Flex boasts a bolder, more complete exterior design that cements Flex as the stand-out three-row crossover,” said Eric Peterson, manager, Crossovers Marketing.

Inside, Flex features a modern, sophisticated driver zone with new clusters, steering wheel and electronic finish panels as well as new seat trim and foam. Class-exclusives include the available second-row refrigerated console and the latest generation of SYNC® with MyFord Touch®.

Also new for Flex is a Titanium Appearance Package available on Limited and SEL models that includes interior upgrades such as a two-tone black roof and black mirrors, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, leather seats and unique door trim panels.

Under the hood, Flex comes standard with a new 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine that delivers 25 more horsepower and 1 mpg better fuel economy or with the a 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine.

“We have really advanced this vehicle,” said Peterson. “In addition to its distinctive design and class-exclusive features, the new model offers more power and better fuel economy.”

The 2013 Taurus and Taurus SHO – standard with a new 3.6-liter Ti-VCT V6 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine respectively – are arriving in dealer showrooms now.

The new 2.0-liter EcoBoost fourcylinder engine – which is anticipatedto deliver 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque while delivering highway fuel economy of at least 31 mpg – will be available later this spring. Taurus is the first car in Ford’s North American lineup to offer the advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

America’s most innovative sedan gets even smarter with available features like SYNC with MyFord Touch, active park assist, heated steering wheel and much more.

“This is not the Taurus that you remember,” said Wendy King, manager, Taurus Marketing. “The new Taurus has a bold new look, more customer-driven technology, more power, better fuel economy, more refinement and enhanced driving dynamics. You need to experience the Taurus for yourself to feel the difference.”

The 2013 Taurus SHO’s awardwinning 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. It is the sportiest model yet to wear the SHO badge, says King.

“The Taurus SHO sports a new differentiated Piano Black mesh grille, SHO-branded side fender vents, unique decklid spoiler and larger brakes,” she said. “And the enhanced SHO Performance Package offers an even more exhilarating driving experience with a unique sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brake pads, track-capable cooling system and a new Alcantara® suede wrapped steering wheel.”



4/20/2012 6:00 AM