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