2010 Ford Taurus

Model Tested: SHO Ecoboost

Rating: 5
Damage: $37,170
Power: 365hp, 350 lb.-ft.
0-60: 5.2 seconds
Gas Cash: 17 city, 25 hwy
Miles Driven: 210

It wasn’t all that long ago that kids were trying to stuff 20s into their fenders, and anyone with more than 350 horsepower was the talk of the street. It’s a sign that things have gone and changed, though, when a car like the Ford Taurus now comes with the choice of 19- or 20-inch rims, a 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel-drive standard. Powering all four rollers is the SHO’s six-speed SelectShift transmission—and it isn’t any old automatic, either, giving you the choice to cruise in comfort or cut up some twisties in seconds. The fat leather seats, the premium sound system and a cockpit that will put some Euro cars to shame complete the package in all the ways the old SHO never could. Speed, sound and style right from the factory; this Taurus ain’t no bull. – RON ZARAS