Ford beat the economic collapse by revamping its car designs earlier this decade. The Taurus came through a slight identity crisis in the 2007 and 2008 model years to emerge as this completely redesigned sedan.
The new Taurus SHO is a beefy-looking sedan. It takes the three bar grille that Ford set out as a design signature and adds a few notched bars to give it a performance look. Ford has also gone high-tech with the headlights, using a new automatic high-beam system that works well.
We found the high sides of the Taurus SHO to somewhat impede visibility around the car, making it difficult to get a sense of the space it occupies. However, it is quite comfortable inside, with large rear seats.
When the audio system recognizes a CD with its Gracenote database, it shows a thumbnail of the cover on the car's LCD, along with complete track information. You can rip the CD to the car's hard drive.