As you’ve seen in our previous post we won a contest that included a weekend test drive of the new 2010 Ford Taurus SHO. Below is our his\her review of what we really thought about the car.
On this particular roadtrip, there was no debate over who was going to drive. (If you’ve seen our previous posts, you already know that driving is sometimes a touchy subject in the Tyler household.) But this time there was no debate because Lamar was the only authorized driver of the 2010 Ford Taurus. Somehow, I don’t think that he would have let me drive if I could. From the moment Lamar came home from work and laid eyes on that beautiful Ford Taurus in our drvieway, I knew he was hooked and ready to hit the open road. However, we had a few parental duities to fulfill before our raodtrip could begin (i.e a little league football game to attend to watch our daughter cheer on Saturday morning.) But once the game was over, it was on and popping!!
Ford really stepped it up with this model….it’s a really good looking car (as you can see from the picture.) And it’s very spacious inside. With 3 small kids, I could definitely fit one booster seat and 2 car seats in the back seat. However on the rare occasion that our teenage son would want to go somewhere with us, it would be back to the mini-van. As a passenger, I enjoyed every minute of the roadtrip. From the moment I got into the car, I pushed the seat back and turned on the seat massagers…it was heavenly. One thing that impressed me the most about this car was the rear view camera. I am the worst at backing-up, parallel parking and I never back into a parking space. However this Taurus had a rear view camera and the audio indicators that let you know when another car is approaching. I could have used this the last time I was in DC for a Wizards game. I met Lamar in the city and I did not back my car into my parking spot in a very packed parking garage. Lamar was like how could you do that, you will be here all night trying to get out.
I also liked the Sirius radio with Travel Link. When the traffic got bad, we were able to lookup the traffic conditions right there in the car. That was sweeet. The car was great and definitely roomy enough for a family of 5 or smaller (however the car looked so good..you might not want to let those little crumb droppers into your beautiful Taurus 🙂 )
Alright first things first, I’ll be honest here. I really entered the contest in order to win free tickets to the Eagles game but whooo-wheeee am I glad I did. Now when I first saw the words Taurus that took me back to my teenage years. When I was about 14 I played on a rec league basketball team with a bunch of guys and our one older friend that snuck on the team was already 16 so he drove us to all of the games. What he drove us in was a red, beat up…. you guessed it, mid-eighties Ford Taurus. It was the kind of car where no one ever had fights over who was riding shotgun in the front seat. Well that was what I was expecting but what I got was a BEAST. The SHO model we drove had horsepower plus some. We took a highway road trip so I had to show this to Ronnie on several occasions, lol. The way the car picks up almost brought a single tear to my eye. In 0-60 performance the V6 Taurus SHO w/ their ECO Boost technology is actually faster than the V8 Audi A6.
This car was also dripping with all types of extra features. On the way to Atlantic City we enjoyed back massages from both front seats. Unlike my car which has an audio hookup for your iPod the Taurus actually has a USB port that lets you charge your device and also synchs it with the car’s stereo. On the way home down I-95 we ran into traffic and was able to see what the problem was using the navigation system’s real time traffic feature. In addition to the traffic you can also check weather forecasts and other need to know info like sports scores and movie listings all from the car’s console.
Other than these Pimp My Ride types of gadgets and gizmos the car also had a lot of great safety features. Parents check this out: Ford has a technology called “My Key” that lets you set limits on your teen drivers. You can program your kids car key to give an audio alert when they reach up to two different speeds, limit the audio level of the stereo, give a continuous beep until seat belts are buckled and then actually limit how fast overall the car will travel. If you kid has no need to ever travel over 65 MPH, then so be it, all you need to do is program their key. AMAZING!!! Lastly my favorite set of features were the ones that would help to prevent you from wrecking this pretty ride. There was a back up camera to see behind you, audio indicators when coming out of a parking spot to let you know if a car was coming down the isle a light in the side mirrors that let you know if someone was in your blindspot.
Overall I loved this car and never would have imagined that I would have had people stopping me and snapping their necks to see a Ford Taurus but I am now a believer.
For a photo gallery of us and the car click here.
For a video we made from our trip click here.