2010 Ford Taurus SHO
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company Part number: 101135472
- Bottom Line:
- The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO combines an impressively fast, cutting-edge engine with cabin tech that is still ahead of the competition--even after appearing in Ford cars for a year already.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $37,170.00
- Reviewed by: Wayne Cunningham
- Reviewed on: 07/15/2009
The good: The EcoBoost engine in the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO turns in blistering acceleration, while sport suspension elements and standard all-wheel-drive keep the car steady in the corners. Sync delivers excellent phone and MP3 player support while Sirius Travel Link makes traffic reports and gas prices available.
The bad: With its high sides, judging the size of the Taurus SHO from the driver's seat can be difficult. Its bulk makes it less than nimble in turns.
The bottom line: The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO combines an impressively fast, cutting-edge engine with cabin tech that is still ahead of the competition--even after appearing in Ford cars for a year already.
by bcapezzone on September 30, 2009
Pros: 1) Engine 2) creature comforts 3) Low end torque 4) Seating comfort 5) SHO package...the list goes on!
Cons: To get everything that I'd want....yea....+$45K is a little high....BUT....read bottom-line
Summary: I first saw the SHO online and was in disbelief that this was a Ford sedan. The dropped roof line, stunning design, attention to details...The SHO is an awesome ...
Summary: I first saw the SHO online and was in disbelief that this was a Ford sedan. The dropped roof line, stunning design, attention to details...The SHO is an awesome car from a great American auto manufacturer. I've been looking for a nice sports sedan and was considering quite a few cars out there...even the Hyundai Genesis. All of the creature comforts that are added to the SHO are really quite amazing. I test drove one at a dealer near my house in Lake Elsinore CA. I was impressed by the car right away....before I even got the engine on. The MyKey is great too?along with the SecureCode entry on the driver side. When I drove the car it was very comfortable. I?m 5?5? and was very pleased with how the seats and steering wheel adjusted to fit me. I also loved the cooled seats!...I mean heated and cooled on both front seats and heated in the rear seats. Wow! I really liked the car and I would buy one if I had the cash.
Excellent Car with fantastic driving dynamics.
by HKGuns on September 23, 2009
Pros: This car is well made and you know it the minute you sit behind the wheel.
Excellent base V6 engine acceleration and performance. Extremely comfortable to drive, and very quiet cabin.
Cons: Rear visibility is somewhat restricted, but not a huge issue.
Summary: Great car, great build quality, handles extremely well and is excellent value for the money.Updated to add that I actually own the vehicle, unlike ...
Updated on Sep 23, 2009
Summary: Great car, great build quality, handles extremely well and is excellent value for the money.Updated to add that I actually own the vehicle, unlike most of the other reviews on this marginally useful site.
Updated on Sep 23, 2009
Great Car, Great Value!
by RangeRoverSport on July 26, 2009
Pros: Loaded with Technology, Full Size car with huge cargo space, great engine with awesome torque curve.
Cons: Heavy, Pushing new price points for Ford
Summary: Bottom line is this is a great car with Great value. You can't compare the Taurus to any other entry-level luxury car from Infiniti, Lexus, BMW etc. because the ...
Summary: Bottom line is this is a great car with Great value. You can't compare the Taurus to any other entry-level luxury car from Infiniti, Lexus, BMW etc. because the Taurus is full sized. Find another car that is full sized with this much horsepower and technology for this price. The only vehicle I can think of is the Genesis.
This Sho is Lemon Material
by LemonOwner on September 10, 2010
Pros: The outside appearance is all it has going for it because it fits the" Found On Roadside Dea"d literally
Cons: Has been back to dealer eight times, lost power at highway speed three times - death trap! Replaced parts - they still can't figure it out! $44,000 lemon SAVE your money
Summary: These car manufacturers should have to drive these cars for a couple of years before putting all this new technology in the hands of consumers to figure out where they ...
Summary: These car manufacturers should have to drive these cars for a couple of years before putting all this new technology in the hands of consumers to figure out where they went wrong
1 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
40k+ Ford sedan
by gsw01 on August 10, 2009
Pros: Its a great car. Good engine, good navi, good interior. I honda and toyota finally has some competition from ford
Cons: 40k+ for a ford sedan is crazy.
Summary: Yes is a great car for ford. But pricing it for 40k+ is just stupid. Its better than accord and camry. However price puts it in competition with Infinti G35, ...
Summary: Yes is a great car for ford. But pricing it for 40k+ is just stupid. Its better than accord and camry. However price puts it in competition with Infinti G35, acura tl, bmw 3series, Merc c300, audi , cadillac CTS, etc. All these cars have better street cred and resale value than any ford. Mabye they should have branded this as Lincoln.
0 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fast but lacks value for the $$$
by Jefftech on July 16, 2009
Pros: Great looker and interesting 365 H.P. engine but lacks that extra oomph that a foreign sedan of equal price produces.
Cons: IF the price was 35K then it would be of consideration but for me +40K cars should offer much more.
Mileage is also a concern but with twin turbos what do you expect?
Have a good bank balance for the inevitable speeding tickets.
Summary: Good acceleration, good looks, great engine, super stereo, nice tech...
Lower the price and I might consider one.
Summary: Good acceleration, good looks, great engine, super stereo, nice tech...
Lower the price and I might consider one.
1 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Expecting performance, but all I got was a No-SHO
by ghostalive on August 28, 2009
Pros: fast, luxurious, quiet
Cons: bulky outside, small inside, too heavy, poor handling, poor visibility
Summary: Back in 1990, I bought a brand-new SHO, which was my daily driver for almost two decades. First introduced in 1989, the SHO was an anomaly among American sedans: exotic ...
Summary: Back in 1990, I bought a brand-new SHO, which was my daily driver for almost two decades. First introduced in 1989, the SHO was an anomaly among American sedans: exotic engine, very fast, great handling, manual transmission, yet comfortable and well-behaved. It also was the ultimate stealthy car: if you didn't look for the subtle body side mouldings and SHO emblems, it looked just like any other boring Taurus on the road. Driving it was a blast. The suspension was firm without being harsh; combined with precise, neutral steering, you could throw the car through turns at frightening speeds with complete confidence. The Yamaha-designed V6 had a wide torque curve that provided plant-you-in-the-seat acceleration at least through 4th gear. The exhaust had a throaty rumble that morphed into a Ferrari-like scream when you wound the engine up to its 7000 RPM redline. You could drive this car as a dull commuter every day with total boredom in complete comfort, yet a quick downshift and stab at the accelerator would instantly catapult you into an alternate universe of raw, visceral, adrenaline-fueled driving ecstasy. In my humble opinion, the first- and second-generation SHO's were the finest cars Ford ever produced. I put almost 300K miles on that car, and it broke my heart last year when I finally scrapped it, its body hopelessly rotted out from 18 years of salty New England winters.I feel the need to reply to alex_is_360. My basis for comparison for the 2010 SHO is the 1990 SHO that I owned for 18 years. The new car is nearly 1000 pounds heavier, has a much higher center of gravity, and oddly enough, has a less sophisticated suspension than the old SHO. The 2010 is nowhere near as nimble or agile as the 1990; it's not even close. While the new car is certainly faster in a straight line, and much more luxurious, in a serious slalom the 2010 would lose badly to the old car. I like this car, and it's clearly the flagship of Ford's sedans, but it's not an SHO in my book. If they badged it differently I might not have been so disappointed. As to my credentials for this road test: I'm an engineer with almost 30 years experience. I used to design dyno systems for engine testing, and I am an expert in certain aspects of automotive technology. You aren't doing anything to enhance your credibility when you throw around baseless insults at people whom you don't know.
When rumors began circulating a couple of years ago that Ford would be introducing a new SHO for model year 2010, you can imagine that I got excited. Then I read about the new, 365 HP twin-turbo EcoBoost power plant, and I thought "I have got to get one!" I've been checking out the dealer websites in this area for the past several weeks, and last week a fully decked-out SHO was delivered to the dealership in the next town. Today I took her for a little ride.
Upon first walking up, your initial impression is "this is a big car." It's taller and longer, and the high side shoulder lines just give the impression of massiveness. It's generally a good-looking car, but looks aside, what I was most interested in was how this beast was going to drive.
Getting in the car, I adjusted the 10-way power seat, tilt/telescoping wheel, and mirrors. The high shoulders and dash make you feel somewhat isolated from what's going on outside. You start the engine with a push-button, and the car comes to life. At idle you can barely tell that the engine is running. I circled the car around the dealer's parking lot a couple of times to get acclimated to the feel and driver's position, and then exited onto the street. Driving in general traffic, I noticed that you can't really see where the corners of the car are, and initially I had a little trouble gauging where I was in the lane. I then got onto a highway and opened the car up. Yep, it's fast alright, but somehow it doesn't feel fast. The acceleration is quiet, smooth, and effortless, and before you know it, you're going 85 MPH... but... but... where's the excitement? The car is incredibly smooth and quiet at cruising speed. At 65, I tried a couple of quick lane-change maneuvers, and these were really, really disappointing. The car feels big, clumsy, and top-heavy. Exiting onto a local road, I picked a familiar route full of twists and turns, one that I'd driven a hundred times before in several vehicles. This SHO wallows and slides through the turns and give you no feedback through the steering wheels. I felt like I was driving a cow. Seriously... my 2004 Taurus Station Wagon is more nimble than this behemoth. And this SHO came equipped with the optional Performance Package! I brought the car back to the dealership as quickly as I could.
On the positive side, this is a very pretty, comfortable, luxurious, quiet, and fast car. But this is no SHO. It has no character, no personality, and there's absolutely no thrill in driving it whatsoever. It also doesn't handle worth a dime. I don't think I've ever been this disappointed by a test drive. I almost wanted to cry. Ford really, really messed up on this one.
Updated on Sep 30, 2009
2 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
by enaso1970 on July 16, 2009
Pros: Go American car industry!
Cons: A 19mpg sedan, for 37k, in the BMW3 and other near-luxury sweetspot? What are they thinking?
1 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
No thanks Ford. No market for a 40K+ Taurus!
by TechnOne on July 22, 2009
Pros: The Sync system is cool and engine is impressive... let me see...yep that's it.
Cons: No one should spend over 40K on a Taurus. My Infiniti G35x has essentially the same technology and gets me places in much more style and class. Ford needs to include all of those options in the base SHO model.
Summary: This is why I don't buy American cars anymore. Ford needs to include all of those options in the base SHO and keep the price reasonable. I don't ...
Summary: This is why I don't buy American cars anymore. Ford needs to include all of those options in the base SHO and keep the price reasonable. I don't care how much horsepower the car has, it won't sell if the price is near that of a BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, Audi or a Benz. Remember the GTO of a few years back? Big horsepower, big sticker, and no sales!!!
0 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good car at wrong time
by tjcher on October 9, 2009
Pros: Styling, performance, exciting acceleration, nice interior
Cons: For a car of this type, nothing particular not to like.
Summary: With the price of gas and posted speed limits nearly everywhere, cars like this are of no real use in everyday life. Muscle cars should be a thing of the ...
Summary: With the price of gas and posted speed limits nearly everywhere, cars like this are of no real use in everyday life. Muscle cars should be a thing of the past. There are already enough of them with foreign badges available. If the U.S. carmakers are ever going to make a comeback, this is not what the sensible public is looking for. We need more reliable and economical cars at competitive prices and not street hotrods that dominated in the 50-60's.
0 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
- Part number: 101135472
- Bottom Line: The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO combines an impressively fast, cutting-edge engine with cabin tech that is still ahead of the competition--even after appearing in Ford cars for a year already.
Basic car properties
- Body style Sedan
- Available Engine Gas
- Smart airbags Standard
- Antilock brakes Standard
- Traction control Standard
- Stability control Standard
- Back-up cameras Optional
- Roadside assistance Standard
- Adaptive cruise control Standard
- Rain-sensitive wipers Optional
- Satellite radio Standard
- Video entertainment system Optional
- Connection for portable MP3 sound system Standard
- MP3 CD-enabled sound system Standard
- USB connection Standard
- Multizone climate control Standard
- Heated/cooled seats Optional
- Keyless start Standard
- Two-way security system Standard
- 12V power outlet Standard
- Drivetrain available All-wheel drive
- Trip computer Standard
- Voice activated navigation Optional
- DVD navigation system (non-GPS) Optional
- Bluetooth phone interface Standard
- Home automation integration Standard
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