Ford, Toyota Up the Stakes for MPG – Car Pro News

The 2013 Ford Taurus, powered by Ford Motor Co.’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, has received an EPA certification of 32 mpg in highway driving and 22 mpg in city driving, for a combined city-highway rating of 26 mpg, the automaker said today.

The ratings allow Ford to claim mpg leadership, at least temporarily, over such mid-sized and luxury sedan competitors as the 2012 versions of the Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Toyota Avalon, Porsche Panamera S Hybrid and Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC.

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost is one of three engine choices Ford offers with the Taurus. The top-of-the-line Taurus SHO is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that cranks out 365 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque. It gets 25 mpg highway and 17 mpg city.

Not to be outdone, Toyota announced Tuesday that the redesigned 2013 Toyota Avalon will have an optional gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain when it goes on sale this fall. The 2012 Avalon offers only the standard 3.5-liter, double-overhead-cam, V-6 gasoline engine.

With the hybrid system, the mid-sized sedan gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 40 mpg city/39 highway/40 combined, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said in a statement.

Reduced weight, a more aerodynamic design and transmission improvements enable models with the V-6 powertrain to achieve an EPA-rated 21 mpg city/31 highway/25 combined. The 2012 Avalon is rated at 19 mpg city/28 highway/23 combined.

  1. ED 6 years ago

    Thank u 4 the e-mail. I enjoy your show each week. Can you tell us anything about the diesel engine idea for Dodge 1500 pickup series? It would be great to have a fuel efficient turbo-diesel w manual transmission in a half-ton Ford, Chev, or Dodge.

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