Ford completely revamped its Taurus sedan for the 2010 model year, and released a SHO version at the same time. The Taurus SHO is powered by a twin turbo engine and gets a sport suspension with all-wheel-drive.
The SHO badge on a Taurus stands for Super High Output. For the 2010 Taurus SHO, Ford also adds EcoBoost to the badge, signifying the new power plant in this car.
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.