2010 Ford Taurus SHO: 365 Horses, All in the Family

February 16, 2009
If a minivan isn't your first choice for a family vehicle, the options are wide open. Once you start thinking differently about what you need in a family vehicle, you can get back some of those things you thought you had to give up. Like horsepower.

After a 10-year hiatus, Ford has brought back its family performance sedan with the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO. Yes, the SHO package is back--and now it sports 365 horsepower.

The Taurus SHO will have everything you remember about driving a car fine-tuned to go fast. I've never driven a paddle shift transmission, but the guys on Top Gear sure make it look fun enough. All the performance items seem to be lined up for a great date night. Yup, we deserve it.

The beauty of this vehicle is that with all that weekend fun comes great weekday capability. As Marty says in his preview of the Taurus SHO on TheCarConnection, a double stroller and a ... um... Diaper Genie... would get lost in the trunk. Okay, so I'm thinking more like the double stroller, abnormally large diaper bag, and, well, a hockey bag for the older brother. The back seat is legendary for fitting full-size adults very well, which means this car lasts well into teenagerdom.

Of course, Ford doesn't mess with crash safety. Let's see... six airbags and a stronger structure than the Lincoln MKS? Got my attention. Plus, there are some fun goodies that I don't have on my Pontiac Vibe GT: Blind spot information, cross-traffic alert, rear and side radar to detect other cars. All this to help you avoid a collision. For me, all of five feet tall, this would help a lot. Especially considering the SHO is a bit bigger than the Vibe in which I'm most comfortable.

Ford's SYNC system will be included. I was a little surprised, though, to find out that it won't be until 2010 when SYNC figures out how to dial 911 for you. I'm glad that GM's OnStar pushed the envelope on that one, since it's already helped so many. It certainly puts my mind at ease when driving with children.

The Sony sound system, paired with Sirius satellite radio means really, really excellent blasting of the Jonas Brothers. No earplugs? Find some. I'd simply pretend that the sound system is broken until I'm happily cruising some mountain road with my hubby by my side (after we finish fighting over who's driving) and we can listen to Lucy.

Oh, wait. Sirius changed the Lucy channel. Dang. At least there's the 365-horsepower SHO performance.

Stay tuned for more on the 2010 Ford Taurus as TheCarConnection gets its first drive this spring. In the meantime, you can see lots of photos and get more information right here at FamilyCarGuide.com.

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