2018 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan

#113
in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL

$42,770

4.8

Overall Rating

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Overview

In an attempt to rise from its erstwhile slumbers in the sedan market of the U.S., Ford has placed its bet on one of its veterans, Taurus, by providing some new weapons in its arsenal. With its brawny appearance and a mighty V6 engine, the 2018 Ford Taurus is aiming to turn the tables in company's favor.

Ford has backed the four trims in Taurus with two V6 engines: a 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard on the SE, SEL and Limited trim. While, the SHO trim is mated to a more powerful turbocharged V6 engine. There is ample headroom and legroom throughout while the Taurus also offers best in the class truck area for a sedan.

The Ford Taurus however has its share of flaws. It has been on sale since 2010 without any major change in its appearance, so it looks dowdy when pitted against fashionable rivals. The cabin also looks plain and the base V6 engine is lethargic. In total, the Ford Taurus cover the base well but if you are in the market shopping around for a sedan, then some rivals will make a better choice.

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Pros

Zesty 3.5L Eco Boost Engine

Sync 3 Infotainment System

Muscular looks

Giant Cargo Space

Dependable Safety features

Cons

Dated Interiors

Low Power compared to its rivals

Lower Fuel Efficiency

Cumbersome city driving

What's New?

The new 3.5L Eco Boost V6 Engine has replaced the previous Turbocharged 2.0L Eco Boost Engine

Power adjustable pedals discontinued on SEL trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42770

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu. in.

horsepower

365 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

350 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in./13.9 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

203 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

60.7 in.

curb weight

4343 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

180 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/20/24 mpg

highway range

444 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Oxford White color  2018 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Magnetic Metallic color  2018 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2018 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2018 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Blue Metallic color
Oxford White

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Ratings

Engine

4.8

Fuel Economy

3.8

Interior

6.6

Exterior

3.8

4.8

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan SHO

SHO

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$42,770

Configurations
SHO 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Transmission: 6A MPG: (16/20/24)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 17, 2018

4.8

Overall Rating


 

4.8/10
Engine

 

3.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.6/10
Interior

 

3.8/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The 2018 Ford Taurus SHO is a full-size sedan. Its sophisticated design, aerodynamic body with sculpted lines and bold grille complimented with chrome will attract your attention from far away. This easy to handle and fun to drive car is currently Ford's flagship sedan and is equipped with Ford's latest features.

With the price tag of $42,865, this car features a 288 hp engine with a six-speed select shift automatic transmission. The sport-tuned transmission with all-wheel drive and automatic/manual transmission offer sporty drive while features like SYNC 3 and Ford pass makes it fun.

The Ford Taurus SHO is competing with Buick Lacrosse essence, Chevrolet Impala LS and Kia Cadenza Premium. These competitors are giving a tough competition to Ford Taurus.

Features

The Ford Taurus SHO has no extra variant and there are not many optional features for customizing either. Well, you might not be disappointed by that's since Ford Taurus SHO comes standard with all the features which were optional in others explaining the story behind no trim or few optional features.

Ford offers upgrades like Power Moon-roof, Cargo optimizer, Voice–Activated Navigation System, Wheels and shades choices.

Trim

Ford Taurus SHO

MSRP

$42,865

Key

Features

  • Battery Management System
  • Unique Sport-Tuned Suspension
  • Torque Vectoring Control
  • Engine Block Heater
  • Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control (DEATC)
  • Remote Keyless Entry System
  • Intelligent Access with push-button start
  • AM/FM stereo with single CD player with clock & MP3 capability
  • Audio System from Sony®with Clear Phase®and Live Acoustic
  • Navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link
  • Map pockets – front seat back
  • Perforated Leather-Trimmed Seats with SHO graphics

We Recommend

There are no extra variants, or many trim options or packages simply put there is nothing worth recommending. The wheels, shades or other little upgrades are not much to recommend. So, it simply comes down to customer's liking, requirements or choices.

Engine

4.8/10

"The 2018 Ford Taurus SHO will be the last large performance car of its type for the division. However, by letting it age with no significant upgrades or refinements, it’s perhaps time to put this one out to pasture. Spun from the same platform that has been used for crossovers, the Taurus is big and tall with a tight cabin at odds with the vehicle’s exterior dimensions" - Kelly blue Book

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Ford Taurus SHO comes standard with a 288 hp3.5L I6 engine producing 254 lb.-ft. of torque. The six-speed select shift automatic transmission offers automatic shift for comfortable riding and manual shift for sporty rides. Well, you are not wrong if you are thinking that the engine should be more powerful at this price tag.

Theoretically, the Kia Cadenza Premium excels the Taurus SHO and leads the segment with a slightly powerful engine, but they are equally powerful unless you consider the price gap. The Chevrolet Impala LS being the cheapest still beats the Buick lacrosse and secures the third position.

Models

Ford Taurus SHO

Buick Lacrosse Essence

Chevrolet Impala LS

Kia Cadenza Premium

MSRP

$42,865

$37,295

$28,770

$32,290

Engine

3.5L l6

2.5L l4

2.5L l4

3.3L l6

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

288 hp @ 6500 rpm

194 hp @ 6300 rpm

197 hp @ 6300 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

254 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

187 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

253 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

Acceleration

The Ford Taurus SHO reaches 0-60 mph in 5.5 sec hitting quarter mile margin in 14.2 sec. For a heavy full size sedan with a 288 hp engine it's not bad at all for 0-60 mph.

Ironically, the Buick Lacrosse Essence featuring the least powerful 194 hp engine has the best in class acceleration whereas the Kia Cadenza Premium featuring the most powerful engine is way behind, talk about disappointment. And, Chevrolet Impala LS is still the last.

Models

Ford Taurus SHO

Buick Lacrosse Essence

Chevrolet Impala LS

Kia Cadenza Premium

0-60 MPH

5.5

5.4

8.2

6.5

Quarter mile

14.2

13.9

16.1

14.8

Engine

3.5 L

2.5 L

2.5 L

3.3 L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

6.1

7.1

7.6

Handling and Steering

The 2018 Ford Taurus SHO is a heavy full-size sedan but still it handles great, the smooth and comfortable soft ride sure wins over driver's heart. The electric power-assisted steering with automatic transmission and 4-wheel independent suspension makes driving fun and comfortable.

The Taurus SHO sure is easy to handle unless you keep away from sharp corners because this bulky sedan loses it groove out there, well the Torque vectoring control and Curve Control is there to your aid.

Braking

The Ford Taurus SHO features 13.9 / 13.6-inch front/rear four-wheel disc brakes. Featuring such huge brakes for a bulky-full size sedan was a good choice. The Taurus SHO comes equipped with an anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control and brake assist for better and safer braking.

The Curve Control and Torque Vectoring Control ensure safe and precise cornering. Since there is no data on barking distance so we can't compare the braking power but keeping the size and weight in mind the competitors features less powerful small brakes.

Model

Ford Taurus SHO

Buick Lacrosse Essence

Chevrolet Impala LS

Kia Cadenza Premium

Brake Front (in.)

13.9

11.8

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

11.3

12.4

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,327

3,490

3,701

3,633

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuel Economy

3.8/10

Fuel efficiency is not its style at all. The Taurus SHO has an average mileage of 16/24 mpg in city/highway with a combined mileage of 19 mpg having the worst fuel efficiency in the whole class. Their sure is a huge gap between the city and highway's fuel efficiency.

The Buick Lacrosse Essence again leads the segment with best in class fuel efficiency followed by Chevrolet Impala and Kia Cadenza.

Model

Ford Taurus SHO

Buick Lacrosse Essence

Chevrolet Impala LS

Kia Cadenza Premium

MPG (city)

16

25

22

20

MPG (highway)

24

35

30

28

MPG (combined)

19

29

25

23

Interior

6.6/10

"The standard infotainment system is something of a chore, but the available SYNC 3 system has a well-designed interface and a responsive touch screen. It also comes with modern connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay"- Cars.usnews.com

Seating and Comfort

The Taurus SHO is a two-row sedan which can accommodate 5 person. It sure is a big full size sedan but its not the same story inside. Unfortunately, Ford Taurus does not as spacious cabin as its competitors and it is the biggest drawback this car has. It has Perforated-Leather seats with SHO graphics.

It features a 10-way power driver and passenger seats with two memory settings. The 2nd row has 60/40 split fold rear seats with fold down arm-rest and head restraint.

Model

Ford Taurus SHO

Buick Lacrosse Essence

Chevrolet Impala LS

Kia Cadenza Premium

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/57.9/44.2

38.4/57.7/42.0

39.9/57.9/45.8

40.2/58.3/45.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/56.9/38.1

37.2/56.6/38.0

37.4/56.9/39.8

37.9/56.5/37.2

Interior Features

  • Ambient Lightning
  • Power Windows
  • Rear-seat Vents
  • Remote Keyless Entry System
  • Intelligent access with Push button start
  • Power-adjustable Pedals with Memory
  • Power Rear-window Sunshade
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Remote Start system
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Power Points
  • Dual Zone temperature control
  • Particulate Air Filtration System

Infotainment System

The 2018 Ford Taurus SHO has all a voice-activated infotainment system. The capacitive touchscreen display with SYNC 3 provides a user-friendly interface. The SYNC 3 also enables compatibility with several other features like Apple Car-play or Android Auto.

It has a multi-function steering wheels which provides easy access to infotainment system while driving. The FordPass mobile app helps you find parking areas, compare fuel prices and have some other interesting features.

Infotainment Features

  • SYNC 3
  • HD Radio
  • Sirius XM Radio Satellite
  • Sony Audio System
  • Ford Pass
  • AM/FM Stereo with CD Player

Cargo Volume

The Taurus SHO has the best in class cargo space, it might be the maximum cargo capacity offered by any sedan. It has a 20.1 cubic foot of cargo space which can be upgraded thanks to the rear folding seats. The Buick Lacrosse offers the least cargo space in this segment.

Model

Ford Taurus SHO

Buick Lacrosse Essence

Chevrolet Impala LS

Kia Cadenza Premium

Cargo Volume with 2nd row up (ft.3)

20.1

14.3

18.8

16.0

Exterior

3.8/10

"The Ford Taurus makes the most of its 112-inch wheelbase, adding 80 inches of front and rear overhang to try to make it look sleek. That might add character, but not sleekness, just bulk. Its sharp lines and strong haunches aren't unattractive, but they are old" -Autoblog.com

Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Ford Taurus SHO is a full size sedan. It sure is big and bulky but its aerodynamic body and modern designing gives it a stunning sportier look. It is 202.9 inch long and 72.6 inch wide with a height of 72.2 inch. The 4,327 lbs weight sticks it to the ground while the 112.9 inch wheelbase keeps it stable. Well the 5.1 inch of ground clearance keeps balance between low profile and mobility.

Compared to the Taurus SHO all its competitors are way lighter and has small dimensions, the Chevrolet is the second biggest sedan in this competition and its massive 7.1-inch ground clearance is perfect to get some dirt under its wheels.
 

Model

Ford Taurus SHO

Buick Lacrosse Essence

Chevrolet Impala LS

Kia Cadenza Premium

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,327

3,490

3,701

3,633

Length(in)

202.9

197.5

201.3

195.7

Width(in)

72.6

73.5

73.0

73.6

Height(in)

76.2

57.5

58.9

57.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

6.5

7.1

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

112.9

114.4

111.7

112.4

Track width (in) F/R

65.3/65.5

62.9/63.1

62.2/62.0

63.3/63.6

Exterior Feature

  • High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Supplemental Parking Lamps
  • Power-folding side Mirrors
  • Auto-dimming Driver Side Mirror
  • Rain Sensing Wiper
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Dual Exhaust system
  • Body-Colored Door Handles

Safety

The Taurus SHO comes loaded with Ford's safety features. Ford has equipped it with standard features only with nothing extra or there are no optional features offered as well. The standard safety features includes Tire pressure monitor, Belt reminder, Perimeter alarm, SOS post crash alert, anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, with some hi-end features like Adaptive cruise control, Lane keeping system, BLIS with Cross traffic alert.

Taurus SHO's safety system has already been rated by IIHS with satisfactory results. There are no ratings provides by NHTSA.

  • Personal Safety System
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Front seat side-impact airbags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) System
  • Safety Canopy System
  • Seatbelt Pretensioners

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness

Small overlap front Driver-side

Acceptable

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Moderate overlap front

Good

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention

Basic

Headlights

Poor

CHILD SEAT ANCHORS (LATCH)
EASE OF USE

Acceptable

Competition

Ford Taurus SHO vs. Buick Lacrosse Essence

The Buick Lacrosse Essence is a full size affordable sedan. It is stylish, has top-notch features, smooth handling, and spacious cabin and is pretty safer. Priced at $37,295 this car features a 194 hp 2.5L I4 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. In terms of power this car is no match for Ford Taurus SHO. But, when it comes to performance this vehicle beats its competitors for good.It has the best in class acceleration, is way lighter from all. This car has the best in class fuel efficiency. Comparing head on, this vehicle overpowers ford in several aspect and still is quite cheaper than ford.

Ford Taurus SHO vs. Chevrolet Impala LS

The Chevrolet Impala LS features a 197 hp engine producing 191 lb.-ft. of torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This sedan has quite a status in the car market but comparing to the competitors in this class it get totally out performed. It has the slowest acceleration but impressive fuel efficiency and cargo space. This sedan sure gets out performed but compare the prices and you will get the reason.

Ford Taurus SHO vs. Kia Cadenza Premium

The Kia Cadenza Premium has a price tag of $32,290. It is the only sedan that can rival Ford Taurus in terms of power. Both Taurus and Cadenza offers equal challenge to each other going neck to neck on each aspects. If the Taurus has better acceleration than Cadenza has better fuel efficiency. They have quite identical dimensions as well. The Cadenza gets huge advantage over Taurus thanks to its low price tag.

Final Verdict

The Ford Taurus SHO sure is a unique car. The smooth rides, elegant body design, hi-end features it has everything to brag about but on the same time it is the most overpriced underperformed car out here. It has the most powerful engine but has low performance, has a huge body but less spacious cabin, offers huge cargo space but least fuel efficiency.

The select shift for sporty rides, sport tuned suspension, features like SYNC 3 and FordPass and high-end safety system wins the heart but less stable cornering , lack of space, low fuel efficiency the Ford Taurus SHO disappoints us and impress us at the same time. Overall, it is a good car but at this price you can make better choices.

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