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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 New York Auto Show in New York City.
Ford Taurus

What is it? Ford has updated their Taurus family sedan, with changes promising improved fuel economy and performance.

By offering the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the first time in their large family sedan, Ford claims the Taurus will return 31 mpg on the highway. The standard 3.5-liter V6 will gain an estimated 27 horsepower, increasing its output to 290 horses.

Ford has dusted off the SHO badge for the Taurus, and given the sportiest version of their family sedan bigger brakes, wheels and tires, with a promise of reasonable fuel economy from a 3.5-liter, 365 horsepower V6. Ford claims the EcoBoost turbocharged powerplant will return 25 mpg on the highway. The only transmission choice will be a six-speed automatic, with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. All-wheel drive will be part of the package.

A black mesh grille and black outside mirrors will help distinguish the SHO from other Taurus models. Other additions include a recalibrated suspension and steering designed for more road feel, and the MyFord Touch interface.

Six-speed automatic transmissions will contribute to increased fuel economy for the Taurus range, and various other tweaks are promised to help when the freshened 2013 models roll into showrooms this fall.

The Taurus also gets MyFord Touch, the interface that’s meant to make things easier for drivers by enabling them to change radio and temperature settings simply by telling the car what you would like it to do, rather than twisting an old-fashioned knob.

What is new or notable? We’ve been impressed with Ford’s Eco-Boost technology in other models we’ve sampled. With the Taurus, Ford is promising 31 mpg, along with 237 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. The current model’s best EPA-rated highway figure is 28 mpg.

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