When you tell someone “I drive a Ford Taurus”, they usually just stare at you unimpressed. Nine times out of ten I agree with those who stare, but not this time. The SHO is no laughing matter, and let me tell you why.
The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO has a 3.5L twin turbo V6 under the hood, which is paired to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The V6 puts out about 365hp, which is no small number even for a large four-door sedan. To sweeten the deal, that power is sent to all four wheels, making acceleration from stoplights a breeze. No, the SHO is not a GT-R killer, but it’s still a sleeper. You don’t expect a Taurus to beat much, but this one has a high body count.
The interior is really where the SHO shines. It’s packed with features and amenities, most of which I didn’t expect before I got behind the wheel. Some features that caught me off guard were: Heated steering wheel, Massaging seats, air conditioned seats, rear retractable sun shade, and parallel parking assist. Of all the Ford performance vehicles I’ve driven (Focus ST, Fiesta ST, Contour SVT, Focus SVT, and a Shelby GT500) the SHO had the best interior, and genuinely created a space I wanted to be in. Other Fords seem to fall flat when it comes to interior quality, and that’s what shocked me most about the SHO. Yes, it’s a sleeper on the streets, but I could also sleep in one quite comfortably.
The SHO impressed me on multiple levels. The performance was impressive, but the Interior stole my attention. If you are going to buy a Taurus, buy the SHO. Otherwise you’ll only be disappointed.