Substantially revised for 2013, Ford Taurus is a solid family sedan, smooth and quiet underway. There's ample power from the standard 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, which feels smooth and sophisticated when pulling from intersections but growls under hard acceleration. The 6-speed automatic SelectShift transmission is seamless and well-programmed. The ride is comfortable, as the suspension skillfully soaks up bumps, and the Taurus handles roads that weave and wind with alertness and stability. Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control help keep it on the road, and all-wheel drive is available for slippery conditions. The Taurus SHO delivers V8-type acceleration performance from its Ecoboost V6.
Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Taurus SHO near Portland, Oregon.