2013 Ford Taurus SHO: aggressive new styling meets twin turbo awesomeness
The modern Ford Taurus SHO stormed onto the scene in 2010 with the first high performance application of the Ford EcoBoost technology offered in the US market. With 365 horsepower and 350lb-ft of torque, the SHO was an instant hit in the full sized performance sedan market with an intelligent all wheel drive system that makes the SHO as much of a fantastic winter vehicle as it is a summer street racer. The changes to the 2013 model year Taurus SHO are predominantly physical but that is in no way a bad thing as the EcoBoost’d Ford is easily one of the most entertaining full sized sedans available on the US market today.
2013 is technically the fourth model year for the modern Ford Taurus SHO and compared to the 2010-2012 SHO, the 2013 model is most noticeably different on the outside. Across the front end, the 2013 SHO wears a black mesh grille that is specific to the SHO models and black headlight around the standard projection units. One of the few complaints about the previous generation SHO was that the front end didn’t stand out enough against the non-performance models. This new grille area along is so vastly different from the other models that there is no question that this is not your run of the mill Taurus sedan.
Like the rest of the 2013 Taurus lineup, the new SHO wears a more angular grille section with a chrome trim piece that flows through the front fascia into the lower opening. The change in the grille design is accompanied by headlight lenses that are angled inward for an angrier look than the previous model and larger, black fog light housings complete with LED light bars complete the sporty yet sophisticated look. The overall design of the 2013 Taurus is incredible similar to the previous model years but with a sharpening of just about every line – the new front fascia goes a long way in making the SHO look more aggressive.
Along the side, the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO looks a great deal like both the other 2013 models as well as the previous years. The overall shape of the greenhouse with the b pillars blacked out and a chrome trim piece running around the outer perimeter adds a touch of class. The only real difference along the side of the 2013 SHO is the addition of the great looking 20” wheels sporting an aggressive design with a machined face and gloss black painted pockets. These wheels are standard with the SVT Performance Package but they are also available as an optional item for the standard SHO for just $695. I would call them a “must have” and judging by how many new SHO sedans I’ve seen on the streets of Detroit with these slick wheels – it looks like John Q Carbuyer agrees with me.
Out back, the overall shape and design of the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO hasn’t changed much but a slightly bolder spoiler, much brighter LED tail lights with a new design and new bright polished exhaust tips give the SHO a much sportier look than the outgoing models. The SHO and EcoBoost logos are proudly displayed on the passenger’s side of the rear face of the vehicle – making sure it is impossible to mistake what you are losing to as the SHO will take it to a great many of the sporty vehicles on the road today – especially in the full sized sedan class.
The exterior changes made to the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO were not major but they were just enough to freshen the look of this sport large sedan – giving it the aggressive, angry look that a car like this deserves.
Inside, the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO is remarkably similar to the previous models but that isn’t a bad thing by any measure. The front and rear seats feature leather outers with suede center sections which look great and help keep everyone planted in their seats during stints of spirited driving. An embroidered SHO logo high on the seatback of the front seats helps to differentiate the interior from other models and both the driver and front passenger have 10 way power seat controls with memory. The front and rear seats offer heating elements while the front seats also come with a cooling feature – all of which is part of the $3,000 SHO Equipment Group 402A. This package also adds HD radio, a Sony audio system with a massive touchscreen and unique control panel, active park assist, a rear power sunshade, a heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring and rain sensing wipers.
In terms of space, the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO can comfortably fit a tall driver and front passenger while still offering leg space for adult rear passengers with plenty of elbow room for the four main seating positions. Adding a child (or another adult) in the middle rear seat makes things tight but that is the case with pretty much every model that has a back seat but when you don’t need that extra seating position – the center seatback flips down to serve as an armrest with built in cup holders. The front seats offer as much leg, knee, elbow and head room as you can expect from a car of this size and I suspect that even very, very tall drivers will find a comfortable position with the wide range of travel by both the seat and the power adjustable pedals.