• Jun 12, 2009
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Though Esquire isn't normally considered a car mag, it does have enough clout to get Ford to cough up the keys to a brand new 2010 Taurus SHO. The 365-hp sleeper sedan was named the magazine's first ever Car of the Year and had to be driven in order to be considered. Along with the award, Esquire has just published the first driving impressions of the SHO penned by Automobile columnist and all-around cool car guy Ezra Dyer.

Unfortunately, the 874-word article contains only 100 words devoted to how the SHO actually drives, so the impression we get isn't a very deep one. But it is the first and, needless to say, Ezra was impressed, throwing out comparisons to the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.

You may be wondering when you'll read our own First Drive of the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO. We'll be behind the wheel of the entire 2010 Taurus line late next week, but driving impressions for the SHO are embargoed until Wednesday, July 22. Word around the water cooler is that this embargo may be shaky since Esquire has already published driving impressions of the SHO, regardless of how few details were revealed. Keep an eye out either way.



[Source: Esquire]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Waste of money why would money on Taurus SHO it is pointless money pits like this that lead to Big 3 current state. Focus on the platform model set by the likes of Toyota, Hyundai if they want to actually remain afloat in the coming decade.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To answer some of the others. $40,000... = Acura, Audi, BMW, Infinity, Mercedes,
      Lexus, Genesis.... Ford??? Tell me the re-sale value 3-5 years from now. With a low residual value the lease prices got to be very HIGH.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great, the engine sounds like a blast, can't wait for a proper review.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For everyone complaining about the price, remember that's just for the SHO model. The non-SHO Taurus will start just over $25K.

      With the SHO, you're paying for a killer 350 lb.-ft of torque (and note that the gas mileage is almost as good as the base). With all the technology and power the SHO is not at all overpriced. I think the complaints are based on outdated perceptions on that are no longer valid. This is a completely different car from the old Taurus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 2010 Taurus SHO is SWEEET....
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 2010 Taurus is SHO SWEEET....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe the Taurus will win the 2009 North American COTY.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You and I both know that can't happen. Americans make terrible cars, and this isn't a Honda, Toyota, or Hyundai, so it has to be a piece of crap.

        [/sarcarm]
      • 5 Years Ago
      While you can color me excited, I still have wonders about its price. A more plebian model for 33-34K would be a much nicer point of entry, allowing say, a Technology Package adding on the missing equipment, and so on.

      Ford may have it easy in the performance AWD large sedan field though. The G8 doesn't offer AWD for any price, and the 300C/Charger R/T nor the SRT8s offer AWD with the sportier suspension setup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I passed by a Lincoln MK-S today and can't believe how tall the driving position is in those cars... It's just about SUV-height. I wouldn't exactly call it sporty at that height.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's how the driver's position in the Focus is. I prefer it, honestly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford's have traditionally put the driver in a higher position: ease of entry/exit, clearer view, etc... though is screws up the centerline at certain parts of track (when you're on it). I think they've corrected some of that in the 2005+ mustangs cause you sit almost as low (but not as low) as a Camaro/Corvette.

        Also, Ford has traditionally given a lot of head room in their cars, hence why they always look tall. Though not aesthetically the best on the outside, it is worth a lot on the inside (more room) and it actually a unplanned benefit is that allow one to *wear a helmet* in a car without banging his head on the roof when you're on the track.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know they ride a bit high but you say it like you were sitting on a skateboard
      • 5 Years Ago
      Esquire...SHO?
      That's like giving 4x4 Monthly a F430 Scuderia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The crease in the rear quarter panel is wrong, but otherwise I like the styling. It is about time that Ford had a proper large car. I hope the SHO does well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The '10 Taurus SHO is a strong contender for COTY especially when you consider:
      - Ford's unsurpassed build quality vs. Toyota and Honda
      - Superior technology features available in the SHO, track pack, BLS, EPAS, etc...
      - Performance of the 365HP 350ft-lbs twin-turbo DI 3.5L V6 will produce 13.5-sec 1/4 mile and sub-5.5 sec 0-60 times with AWD traction and control
      - Competing product is an additional $10K-$20K more expensive = Value!
      - Limited production availability will keep prices and residual value high = good lease rates!

      Bottomline: SHO is a total performance package that will deliver, especially when the competition (GM, Chrysler, ) is cancelling their perf. products.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL. I hope the government is still willing to handout bailout dough when Ford comes a-knock'n. LOL

      Ford fanboys, you make me giggle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL ignorant tools, you make ALL of us piss ourselves silly cuz you are too damn funny.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL to you too. If you weren't such a moron, you would see that Ford posted the smallest percent of sales loss of any big company, it was around 24%. You would also see that they set sales records for the Fusion and the Flex, while at the same time decreasing the average rebate total per vehicle sold. So because Ford is clearly in the best shape of ANYONE in the industry, it doesn't matter who you are a fanboy of, because they suck in comparison to FORD!!!!!
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