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2013 Ford Taurus SHO Review


As I was driving my 2013 Ford Taurus SHO a couple of days ago, I suddenly felt compelled to write about this amazing vehicle.

But first…

  1. I am not a Ford fan
  2. This is not a comprehensive review, this is a “why this car is so freaking awesome” review

I’ve put about 3800 miles on this vehicle since I bought it 4 months ago – that’s a record for me, as I usually put about that much every month on a vehicle!!! I sold my 2010 Nissan Armada Platinum for the SHO and when I did, I was very nervous about not driving what is now my second favorite vehicle and one that such enormous (literally) versatility. So, my plan was to get into something cheaper and while perusing the Mustang GT’s (again, not a Ford fan, but I love muscle cars, and I’ve owned 1 seriously bad-ass tuned Mustang GT before.)

So, am I going to review the SHO or what? I’m getting there.

I test drove the car with a salesman, of course, but you can never test drive a car like this with a salesman….properly. I could see that it definitely was impressive. The interior was as technology advanced as I’d ever seen (and that’s a big deal to a nerd like me), yet also very refined (nice leather, emblems, etc…) and extremely comfortable. Giving up a beast like the Armada, I need cargo space and thankfully the SHO has a giant trunk (I think the salesman said I could put quite a few bodies in there, no wait, it was 9 sets of golf clubs.) The wheels, lines and grille are gorgeous. Then there is the driving: like I said, you can’t test drive much with some guy eyeballing in the car.

So, I bought it – just like that, the last 2013 they had, right off the showroom floor (the 2014 was out by the way, but this one has better wheels IMO and 5 grand cheaper.)


Wow. My first day out with this I really was in a dead run to get somewhere, straight from the dealer. I was almost overwhelmed at the power the SHO has available – and a twin-turbocharged…oh heck from the website:




Every time I get in the SHO, I am surprised how incredibly fast it is – like I get in my nice family car and then go, “Holy cow, who built this thing???” The handling is amazing as well. Oh, and it’s all-wheel-drive. So, it will go as fast it can, in any direction you like (watch out for whiplash.) Seriously, though, I’ve had some very fast cars in my life and I’d take this up against any of them. Truly an amazing accomplishment, Ford Motor, Co. Bravo.