The Taurus SHO is a good effort from Ford, but it likely won't blow away anyone who's looking for a performance sedan. The quality of the materials seems to be a step higher than that in the regular Taurus, but, having said that, it isn't really luxurious, or sporty, or unique in the way you might expect from an uplevel sport sedan. The Ecoboost V-6 and the six-speed automatic together make a fine powertrain - give the gas pedal a firm nudge, and the power comes on quickly and smoothly - but the steering and braking don't feel as finely honed as what one expects to find in a car with sporting pretensions. The ride is decent, with fairly good bump suppression, but there really isn't a lot of driving excitement - perhaps it's been masked by the fact that the SHO isn't exactly a lightweight, weighing in at some 4300 pounds. Still, the Taurus SHO is a car that is clearly fast enough to endanger your driver's license.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor