Great car, limited production, I obtained a signed certificate from Ford which is pretty cool. Very quite and powerful car. Great highway mileage. If you buy a 2010, be sure to have the dealer perform the TSB's (technical service bulletin) for a few minor issues. I have spent under $100 in the last two years in service and maintenance.
Great family car with AWD an the extra benefit of speed
written on 10-10-2013
Purchased this car new in the winter of 2010. Initially had some minor issues that Ford took care of with various Technical Service Bulletins. These are service advisories that Ford sends out to the dealers in authorization to fix minor issues that might be troublesome to the owner. Transmission reprogramming, brake pad/rotor change, rear shelf rattle, chrome peel on taillights. All minor. Since the TSB's, no other maintenance has been performed except oil changes and tire rotations, in 36k miles. Three years later and people still ask me if its a brand new car. The shine and exterior trim his holding remarkably well. The car is very fast and comfortable. Stock 0-60 times are 5.2 seconds.
The SHO Taurus is amazing - incredible job by Ford. I've had Lexus, BMW, Infiniti, and Acura - shockingly this car competes in that group at $10-$15K less. If Americans don't consider this car they are snobs. First, it is QUICK - this car has the zoom-factor that will make you grin. The integrated SYNC, Sirius, and voice controls make the navigation and satellite radio a must have and set the bar for the industry. At first sticker seems high for a Taurus, but with the options you get it is extremely well equipped relative to all luxury sedans. GO DRIVE ONE!
I have had my SHO for 7 months and like the car better every day. No defects, no service needed, great performing sedan. Mine has the multi-contour seats with massage which I never thought I would use but have grown to enjoy. The adaptive cruise and blind spot alerts work flawlessly. Originally I bought this as a third car, one that I could trade off with my wife for commuting or go into the mountains for skiing. My main driver was a Porsche. This car is so good on the commute, I am afraid to let my wife try it for her commute. I don't think I would get the car back. Every guest in the car has been equally impressed.
Had this vehicle two weeks now and love this car. I didn't know how I would adapt since I had came out of a 2007 Yukon SLT fully loaded. I must say I have been pleasantly surprised with the ride speed and handling. I have been stopped by at least 10 people asking if they can see the interior and the usual response is this is not a Taurus.
Rapid Spec 302A Package ($2,000 - includes adjustable pedals, auto-dimming driver mirror, auto high-beams, blind-spot information system, keyless ignition, rain-sensing wipers and Sony premium sound); Adaptive Cruise Control ($1,195).
I = 4.484, II = 2.872, III = 1.842, IV = 1.414, V = 1.000, VI = 0.742, Final Drive = 2.77/3.16, R = 2.882
Virtually nothing to be gained with wheelspin. Steering wheel gets a little darty under WOT (i.e., torque steer). Without a distinct redline, the manual shift mode would be futile. Upshifts occurred between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm depending on gear (slow tach?), and were reasonably quick.
Aside from the readily obvious ABS pump and loud tires, all stops were straight, controlled and well grouped at an acceptable distance for a 2-ton sedan. Some forward pitch and medium-travel pedal.
Skid pad: Non-defeat stability control system chops throttle to limit speed around pad, so there's no under- or oversteer at all. Still, 0.79g indicates a decent amount of grip. Steering load is moderate and I could hear moaning as I turned the wheel. Slalom: Non-defeat stability control limits yaw with brake applications. The system is obviously set to conservative levels, but adequate grip provided a decent speed nonetheless. Some delay/gain between steering input and change in direction, but at 60 mph, it was easily predictable.