2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan

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$42,975

6.8

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2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Ford Taurus SHO qualifies as a sleeper car because it looks the same as the regular Taurus (which definitely isn't ast) but harbors an EcoBoost V6 underneath. As a result, you get awesome performance in a regular family sedan. The premise is quite lovely, to be honest, and if undercover performance seems like fun to you, this ride is right up your alley. With 365 horsepower on tap, this car is fast enough to be track worthy, and will still fly under the radar when you are on the road.

Ford Taurus SHO was first produced in 1988, and Ford marketing team specifically targeted the market using exclusivity as its biggest offering, and how it was going to be a limited production model. Ironically, the car ended up being an amazing success, and SHO remained in production for over a decade, till 1999. After that, the car was reintroduced in 2010, after the sixth gen Taurus was introduced.

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Pros

Huge trunk space

Great highway machine

Neutral Ride and Handling

Jekyll & Hyde personality

Cons

Bland and outdated interiors

All-around visibility isn\\\\\\\\u2019t too great

What's New?

No Mechanical changes as compared to the 2018 model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42975

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

213

horsepower

365 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

350 lbs.-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.3/65.5

dimensions

wheelbase

112.9 in.

length

202.9 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

60.7 in.

curb weight

4327 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

20.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/24 mpg

highway range

456 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60,000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Blue Metallic color  2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Magnetic Metallic color  2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in Shadow Black color  2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color
Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

6.0

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan SHO

SHO

power
365 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$42,975


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $42,975 MSRP (16/19/24) 365 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Ingot Silver Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  Magnetic Metallic

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

6.8

Overall Rating


Ford Taurus SHO is the performance variant of Ford’s full-size Sedan, the Taurus, and sadly, it’s in its last production run. The US based auto giant has decided to shaping itself into a “mobility company”, the first step of which was to announce the cancellation of a majority of their current passenger car lineup. Taurus, Focus, and Fiesta, all are to be phased out, and if you want one, this is the last time to get one.


7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

6.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan Features

7.5/10

The 2019 Ford Taurus has 4 trim options. The SHO is the most powerful trim, or rather, is the only more powerful trim in the Taurus lineup. The trim features a lot of premium equipment as well.

Trim SHO
MSRP $42,975
Key Features 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6 engine
  Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System
  Dual exhaust system with chrome exhaust tips
  Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert
  Sport-Tuned Suspension
  Perforated Leather-Trimmed Seats with SHO graphics
  Agate black, heated, manual-folding side view mirrors with security approach lamps and memory
  High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps
  Rear spoiler

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The 2019 Ford Taurus SHO is one of the best sleeper cars out there. In essence, it’s a Mustang for the family guys.

2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan Engine

The EcoBoost V6 delivers quicker acceleration and feels more powerful when getting up to speed or cruising along.-Cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Taurus is a lovely car with a lovely engine. The SHO has the same engine, but with two turbos strapped to it, which makes it lovelier. The EcoBoost 3.5 V6 churns a maximum of 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which does the SHO badge proud (SHO stands for Super High Output).

Taurus SHO gets the same 6-speed automatic as the lower variants but offers only an All-wheel drive layout. The grip from the system is wonderful, especially on slippery surfaces like snow. You could opt for better tires too, which would boost the performance as well as the handling.

Models

Ford Taurus SHO

Toyota Camry V6

Dodge Charger R/T

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Chrysler 300 C

MSRP

$42,975

$35,520

$35,995

$39,995

$39,995

$40,910

$42,490

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

5.7 Liter V8

3.6 Liter V6

6.4 Liter V-8

2.7 Liter Twin Turbo V6

5.7 Liter V8

Transmission

6 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

365-hp @ 5,500 rpm

301 hp@ 6600rpm

370 hp@ 5250 rpm

310 hp@ 6800rpm

485-hp @ 6100 rpm

325 hp@ 5500rpm

363 hp@ 5200 rpm

Torque

350 lbs.-ft. @ 1,500 rpm

267 ft-lbs@ 4700rpm

395 ft-lbs@ 4200rpm

282 ft-lbs@ 5200rpm

475 lbs.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

380 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

394 ft-lbs@ 4200rpm

The competition is quite tight here. With the lowest sticker price, you have the Toyota Camry V6, while on the expensive end we have the Chrysler 300C. The former comes with a lovely naturally aspirated V6 engine (hence the name), while the latter uses a HEMI V8. The Hemi engine also makes an appearance in the Dodge Charger R/T as well. If you think that isn’t enough power, there’s a more powerful Dodge here as well! Buick Regal GS has a naturally aspirated V6 too, just like the Camry, while the Ford Fusion V6 has a twin turbo EcoBoost mill.

Acceleration

The Ford has an ample amount of power, but its also extremely heavy. The resultant performance figures aren’t very aggressive but are good nonetheless. It posts a pretty fast time of 5.2 seconds for the 0-60 MPH run, which might not be the fastest, but is certainly usable. The quarter-mile time of under 15 seconds is impressive too, as is the power surge that pushes you into your seat every time you pin the throttle down.

Models

Ford Taurus SHO

Toyota Camry V6

Dodge Charger R/T

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Chrysler 300 C

0-60 MPH

5.2

N/A

N/A

5.4 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile

13.7

N/A

N/A

13.9 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

5.7L V8

3.6L V6

6.4 Liter V-8

2.7L V6 Twin Turbo

5.7L V8

Emission

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

9.3

N/A

9.3

8.0

9.8

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

While the base variant of the Taurus had a lot of mass, which hindered cornering capability, the SHO feels much better in this regard. Even with the extra power, the engine remains relatively muted, favoring comfort over sportiness. The weight does make it more stable at speed, which is great for mile munching on the highways.

The Taurus SHO is a very heavy car. You can feel the weight under spirited driving, but it isn’t as pronounced as other variants. It gets stiffer suspension, which helps control body roll a lot. While high-speed cornering is quite easy, it isn’t as comfortable because the seats don’t hold you in place. Here again, we see comfort take precedence over performance.

Braking

This is where you will feel the weight of the Ford sedan. You have a pair of large 13.9-inch discs in the front, and a pair of 13.6-inchers in the back, which do their best to shed speed on this 2-ton behemoth.

Models

Ford Taurus SHO

Toyota Camry V6

Dodge Charger R/T

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Chrysler 300 C

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

12

14.2

N/A

N/A

11.8

13.6

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

11.1

13.8

N/A

N/A

11.9

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4327

3572

4270

4270

4400

4085

4380

70-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

164

N/A

N/A

 

2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan Fuel Economy

The twin turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is not a very efficient engine, primary because of the weight. The engine has to carry a lot of bulk around, and as a result, manages to return just 16 miles to the gallon in the city. Highway economy comes to around 24 miles, bringing the combined to only 19 MPG.

Models

Ford Taurus SHO

Toyota Camry V6

Dodge Charger R/T

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Chrysler 300 C

MPG (city)

16

22

16

19

15

17

16

MPG (highway)

24

32

25

27

24

26

25

MPG (combined)

19

26

19

22

18

20

19

Range (miles) (city/highway)

304/456

352/512

296/462

310/440

277/444

306/468

296/462

Tank Capacity (gal)

19.0

16.0

18.5

16.3

18.5

18.0

18.5

2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan Interior

6.0/10
The Ford Taurus doesn’t feel big on the inside, but it's adequate --except for rear-seat headroom, which is limited thanks to the sloping roof.-CarGurus

Seating and Comfort

Step into the Taurus and you’d be greeted by an interiors design from the early 2010s. The design is extremely outdated, although it still is quite practical. The instrument cluster is a simple unit, with an extremely easy-to-read analog speedometer in the middle. There are full-color displays on both sides of the speedo, which show a plethora of information, including a tachometer, average fuel economy indicator, etc. You also get aluminum pedals, which are a fine addition to the interior.

The front seats are extremely comfy and roomy, although they don’t offer any lateral support. Sadly, you don’t get bucket seats which would improve the driving experience. Even though the Taurus is a huge car, it doesn’t have the best interior space. Still, space is good for a family of 4 or even 5. The interiors are quite spacious in the front, and have a very neat look.

Models

Ford Taurus SHO

Toyota Camry V6

Dodge Charger R/T

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Chrysler 300 C

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

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

39.0/57.9/41.9

37.5/57.7/42.1

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.8/56.9/42.1

38.6/59.5/41.8

39.2/57.8/44.3

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/56.9/38.1

38.0/55.7/38.0

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.4/55.4/36.9

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.9/57.7/40.1

Infotainment

Ford Taurus SHO uses Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, which is a very responsive unit. It gets an 8-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen in the center console.

  • AM/FM Stereo/Single-CD/MP
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
  • Window Grid Antenna
  • 12 Speakers
  • Regular Amplifier
  • Automatic Equalizer
  • 2 smart-charging USB ports
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Cargo Capacity

You have a lot of cargo capacity in the Ford Taurus, including two sets of cup holders and a bin in the center console. The highlight of the car, however, is its trunk. Ford uses its large dimensions to expand the trunk space. The cargo capacity in the Taurus is not only great, but it’s also the best in the segment. The 60/40-split folding rear seats help fit longer items too, like a surfboard. You can easily stow a full-size human inside, but you shouldn’t, because it's rude.

Models

Ford Taurus SHO

Toyota Camry V6

Dodge Charger R/T

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Chrysler 300 C

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

20.1

15.1

16.5

31.5

16.1

16.0

16.3

2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan Exterior

The Taurus SHO doesn’t have the visual punch of the Dodge Charger R/T, even though its black mesh-style grille and limited chrome accents give it some hints of menace.-The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

The dimensions of the Ford Taurus are huge, as stated earlier. On the outside, you can understand why the Taurus was a preferred cop car for many law enforcement officers. Its dimensions are intimidating, even when standing still. It is over 200 inches in length, and even the width and height are a lot. It is easily the largest car in the segment, hence the bulk.

Muscling this car- yes, you have to muscle it, requires a lot of effort around town. The large dimensions aren’t suited to tight parking spots, or weaving to and fro in traffic.

Models

Ford Taurus SHO

Toyota Camry V6

Dodge Charger R/T

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Chrysler 300 C

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,327

3572

4270

4270

4400

4085

4380

Length(in)

202.9

192.7

198.4

192.9

200.8

191.8

198.6

Width(in)

76.2

72.4

75.0

73.3

75.0

72.9

75

Height(in)

60.7

56.9

58.2

57.3

58.2

58.2

58.7

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

5.7

5.4

N/A

4.6

N/A

4.7

Wheelbase (in)

112.9

111.2

120.2

111.4

120.2

112.2

120.2

Track width (in) F/R

65.3/65.5

62.2/62.6

63.4/63.1

62.8/63

63.4/63.1

62.7/62.4

63.4/63.8

Design and Styling

The Taurus hasn’t had a major design update in this entire decade. There was a minor one in 2013, which made the front and rear a bit more modern. Except for the SHO badges and the little front grille redesign, there is nothing to distinguish this car from the other Taurus trims. Driving around, nobody will suspect you of harboring a 365-horsepower motor under the hood. They might think you are an undercover cop though, which depending on your taste, might be either a good or a bad thing.

2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan Safety

Ford Taurus offers plenty of safety features:

  • Air Bag-Frontal- Driver and Passenger
  • Air Bag-Side Body-Front
  • Air Bag-Side Head- Front and Rear
  • Driver and Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Child Safety Rear Door Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts including Rear Center
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Traction Control
  • Stability Control
  • Active Park Assist
  • Collision Warning with Brake Support
  • Blind-Spot Information System

2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan Competition

Ford Taurus SHO vs Toyota Camry V6

Ford Taurus represents a typical American car the same way Toyota Camry represents the Japanese; Taurus is huge, powerful, and heavy, while the Camry is small, light, with a good amount of power. The Camry is a wonderful car, and to be honest, it leads the segment in terms of practicality. If you are a sensible buyer, then the Toyota would suit you better. If you like to throw caution to the wind, go for the Ford.

Ford Taurus SHO vs Dodge Charger R/T and R/T Scat Pack

Remember when Dodge used to play catchup to Ford and Chevy? Well, those days are long gone now. Dodge cars now are now as desirable as the other two, if not more. Dodge also makes the current world’s most powerful production 4-door sedan, the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Charger R/T and R/T Scat Pack aren’t as powerful, but they are the most powerful in this price range. And to be honest, you couldn’t ask for more.

Ford Taurus SHO vs Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Fusion may be a mid-size sedan as compared to the full-size Taurus, but you’d be wrong to underestimate the smaller Ford. It is much lighter, and consequently faster and better handler. If you need more reason to buy the Fusion, then take a look at the price. Fusion is nearly $3000 cheaper, and to be honest, a much better deal.

2019 Ford Taurus SHO Sedan Final Verdict

Taurus SHO does a wonderful job of hiding the fact that you have a powerful V6 motor hidden under the hood. When the lights turn green and you put your foot down, you can smile wholeheartedly, confident in the knowledge that people (who you have left behind in the dust) are amazed at the speed you’re pulling. Of course, the Dodge Charger R/T is a much better car for the above scenario, and the R/T Scat pack more so. So why is the big Ford still a strong contender? Well, two reasons:

  1. It is a very understated car
  2. Dealerships are offering discounts of up $10,000 on the SHO

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