2010 Ford Taurus SHO

The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO has some great strengths and, regrettably, a couple of key unforgivable weaknesses. First off, it looks quite good, even if it's rather tall and bulky for a sport sedan. Second, it has a modern, attractive interior. Third, most important in a sport sedan, it has a great powertrain, and with standard all-wheel drive, it puts all that nice turbo power to the ground very quickly and effectively.

That's the good news. The bad news is that this car's brakes are not up to snuff for a sport sedan. Sure, they work fine, and they're perfectly safe, but you should be able to hustle a 365-hp sport sedan down a two-lane road for four miles, brake mildly hard a couple of times, and not have the rotors be all smelly and smoky when you get out of the car. Come on, Ford, what WERE you thinking?

The other problem is that the Taurus SHO needs more precise steering. Communicativeness is not too bad, but the car is difficult to place in a corner because the steering effort is not linear, and the boost level is unpredictable.

On the plus side, ride quality is quite good, even on crap pavement, and as I mentioned earlier, the traction of all-wheel drive is very welcome.

When it comes down to it, a sport sedan, or any car with sporting intentions, has to get a few basics right: powertrain, chassis, brakes, and steering. I'd say that Ford is about halfway there with this Taurus SHO.

Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor

Over-bloated, under-powered and looks tacky.

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