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2013 Ford Taurus SHO

Thursday, November 15th 2012. | Reviews

We thought we’d take a look at the 2013 Taurus as the SHO flavor of this sedan shares its engine with the 2013 Ford F-150, I am of course talking about the 3.5 liter ecoboost v6, let’s take a look at what it can do in a sedan platform.


The 2013 Ford Taurus comes with certain improvements and changes that make it a better competitor in the sedan market. The exterior has not been extensively changed; the grille has been made wider, the front has been lowered a little as well and the hood has been made a little more prominent. Round the back you will find LED tail lights and dual exhaust pipes. Ford has also made available the option of larger wheels (up to 20 inch ones). The SHO model, however, has been made more recognizable with a black mesh grille, 19 inch wheels and optional 20 inch ones, black side mirror housings, HID headlamps and a rear spoiler. Ford has attempted to give the new SHO a muscle-bound look and rightfully so.

The interior, it can be said, has been paid a lot more attention. The quality of materials been used has been improved, the dashboard has been revamped and features really sleek soft touch buttons. The optional Sync system has been improved and looks good, however even with the improvements the system retains its original problem of being too complicated. The cabin itself has been made quieter as well. The SHO’s interior features liberal use of leather and an overall feel of luxury inside the SHO.

As far as the engines are concerned, Ford has made available a new direct injection EcoBoost turbocharged four cylinder option. This engine produces 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque and is accompanied by a 6-speed automatic transmission. You can expect the smaller EcoBoost engine to do a very impressive 31 mpg on the highway and just a little less in the city. Surprisingly however, this engine is not the base engine for the 2013 Ford Taurus; it is $1000 more expensive than the base V6 which, as it happens, has been improved as well and produces 25 more hp than the old V6 (288 hp in total).

But we are more interested in the Ecoboost, the most powerful option for the 2013 Taurus. The 3.5 Liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 produces 365 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the Ford Taurus SHO with the V6 EcoBoost engine does 0-60 mph in a staggering 5.2 seconds and at the same time has economy figures of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The Taurus SHO has a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters, which for 2013 comes with an upgraded transmission cooler.

Other improvements in the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO include better brakes. Ford made sure the brakes on the 2013 model were better since the brakes on previous models were considered weak. The 2013 Ford Taurus has better driving aids as well. Curve Control, for example, is a feature in the new Taurus that applies the brakes if it feels that the driver has turned into a corner too fast.

The performance numbers are certainly impressive when it comes to the 3.5 liter ecoboost, it is a very versatile engine. In truck applications it can tow staggering loads (11,000+ pounds) and in sedan applications it can turn a family sedan into an AWD speed demon, reaching 0-60 in a mere 5.2 seconds. On both platforms Ford manages to outperform the V8 competition by impressive margins.

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