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The Ford Taurus SHO Is an Affordable and Fun Family Car

If you’re a car enthusiast looking for a fun family car, you probably know how hard it is to find something that’s enjoyable, fast, roomy enough for the whole family and affordable. Sure, we’d all love a new Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon, but for $100,000 plus, it’s not going to happen for most of us. The same is true for the BMW X5M, the Porsche Panamera and many other fun cars that just aren’t affordable.

But one car absolutely fits the bill, and that’s the Ford Taurus SHO. It’s essentially the high-performance version of the last generation of the Ford Taurus, which was sold from 2010 to 2019. It’s fast, it’s family-friendly and it’s cheap.

While the regular Ford Taurus from this era wasn’t a particularly enjoyable car, the Taurus SHO got some big upgrades. The biggest was the powertrain, which was a turbocharged V6 that makes 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. SHO models also have bigger wheels, better suspension, tighter steering, and standard all-wheel drive. An optional “Sport Package” takes things even further with better brakes, added stiffness and improved cooling. The result is 0-to-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds and a more engaging driving experience than that of the standard Taurus, which is much appreciated.

As for the interior space, the Taurus SHO is surprisingly big on the inside. The vehicle 203 inches long, which classifies it as a full-size sedan, and while there’s no third row or large cargo area, there is a large trunk and a roomy backseat that will bring enough utility for most families. It’s a great hauler, it’s filled with safety features and it’s certainly capable of serving as the family car.

In terms of cost, the Taurus SHO was pricey when it was new, with some models costing over $50,000, but used examples are far less expensive. Early Taurus SHO models can cost well under $10,000, but even 2016 models with normal mileage are hovering around $20,000, which is a bargain when you consider the performance, equipment and relatively recent model year.

If you haven’t considered a Taurus SHO for your family car, it may be worth checking out. Find a Ford Taurus for sale

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  1. 11/6/19, I have a 2015 Taurus LTD/awd, purchased new (288hp); the SHO is a turbo version of the same engine (340hp); I would avoid that if I were you. Blv u/me the 288hp does all I need to do, less stress on those aluminum & plastic parts. Great car, serves me well.

  2. There’s also insane aftermarket support for these the Livernois stage 1 kit is only 1000$, easy to install, and picks up 60whp/75wtq. The weight does hold it back but people have gotten these into the 10’s with the stock turbos. 

  3. Doug, I took your advice and bought one of these in MKS ecoboost form – and I adore this car, especially as a new parent to a baby girl. Wife is happy because it’s practical and dad is happy because it’s fun 🙂

  4. Pretty sure every owner of this gen Taurus SHO thinks their car is some sort of Ferrari. 365 hp isn’t bad but you’re pulling a lot of weight and it’s still FWD biased even with it’s AWD setup. Yes, you’ll be able to keep up/beat an Audi A4 or BMW 330i but don’t try to go at a S4 or 340i. 

    • Except this car isn’t A4 or 3-series sized and it DEFINITELY isn’t A4/3-series priced. It’s more of a 5 series or A6. And it still punches harder than either of those two while being tens of thousands less. Sure, the S6/M5 are faster but even at msrp they’re 50% more expensive and this disparity only increases in the used market. And even then they’re only fractions of a second faster to 60 mph. S5 is 4.6 while SHO is 5.2.

      So no, not a Ferrari, but definitely very competitive in its territory. 

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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