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2014 Chevrolet SS vs. Ford Taurus SHO

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Compare the Chevrolet SS to the Ford Taurus SHO here
2013 Ford Taurus SHO Specifications:

Price: $39,995

Engine: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Power: 365 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: 112.9 in
Length: 202.9 in
Width: 76.2 in Height: 60.7 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 4350 lb

Performance (EST)
0-60 MPH: 5.2 sec
0-100 MPH: 17.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.7 sec
Top speed (governor limited): 133 mph

Fuel Economy (EST)
EPA city/highway driving: 17/25 mpg
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No comparison. SHO is worse in every way except for fuel economy. These are front wheel drive chassis as well ....though the SHO is all wheel drive. They dont handle nearly as well , are much heavier , much slower etc.

IF you lived where you really NEED all wheel drive A LOT , then maybe it would be a consideration.
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And the steering wheel jerks every time you step on it. Smaller inside than SS so why buy an economy car trying to be a performance car. Unless you are use to rice or should I say Honda insert whatever.
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I wouldn't buy a Ford under ANY circumstances...I learn to hate them at an early age.
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One of the first times I took my kids to the park in the SS, I noticed a new SHO parked right next to me despite the whole parking lot being open.

It kind of annoyed me, like some sorta muscular guy with a slight gut trying to pose next to bodybuilder to look tough.

what's the bias on the front vs real wheels in that AWD system, does anybody know? If it even thinks of sending much power to the front, that's a deal breaker right there. On top of that, it just doesn't stack up at face value anyway.
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As someone who owns a 2013 Taurus SHO, don't waste your time. I am currently trying to get out of the SHO after only 8 months of ownership. Even with a tune, the driving experience is not good.
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Sorry about your Taurus SHO experience 0rangeredge2, and welcome to the forum!
Have a 2010 SHO bought new with 90000 miles now. That's what I'm changing for the SS. Not a bad car but not really a comparison to the SS. Great highway car, decent mileage, I have had no problems but others have so beware.
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Welcome to the forum, 0rangeredge2! Hope you find the buyer for the SHO.
They are turds
No comparison. SHO is worse in every way except for fuel economy. These are front wheel drive chassis as well ....though the SHO is all wheel drive. They dont handle nearly as well , are much heavier , much slower etc.

IF you lived where you really NEED all wheel drive A LOT , then maybe it would be a consideration.
And it feels like a German pillbox on the inside. I disagree about the looks. I think they look very handsome like the early 2000's Mercury Marauder, but the doorsill in the backseat is like at your earlobe. May as well be a Camaro.

Also, Ecoboost fuel economy numbers are actually the subject of a class-action lawsuit because the real-world does not match the sticker.

That said, it's twin turbo, so the first steps for more power come incredibly cheap. But I swear, the last thing I want to spend 10 years with is a car with twice as many turbos as I already have. :(
I really wanted to like the SHO Taurus, but the massive console and my right knee can't occupy the same space.

Knee wins, so long Taurus.

Take care.
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Sat in one at the Motor Trend auto show this past November, very bleh inside. There wasn't anything exciting going on, had the same piano black Sony console that most other Ford interiors had. Sat in th SS and completely forgot about the SHO. Hello I forgot about everything else once I sat in the SS...
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I don't want to say it's a bad car, per say, but months after, it's just not right anymore.

I'm a big guy and the Taurus was supposed to have the most room (I'm a Ford guy, originally), and I thought I could live with the large console. 6'5" and 260 isn't very comfortable in just about any car.

The SS I sat in over the weekend was just significantly larger inside even with a sunroof (I need all the headroom I can get). The SHO will get traded in or sold privately and I will forget about Ford for a while.

EDIT: Also, it takes a tune to make it as fast in a straight line as the SS. And don't even talk about cornering...
When I was shopping for a performance sedan I drove some Caddys, Lexus, Dodge and looked/sat in the Ford SHO before test driving the SS.

I didn't drive the SHO because I couldn't get passed the looks & feel of the car. For me after test driving the SS I forgot about all the others and bought the SS. 9 months & 12k miles later I am still in awe of the SS.
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I've driven the the SHO. It's nice for a Taurus. The SS is in a different league.

Ford makes two excellent vehicles: the Mustang and the F-150. (I'd guess the new GT will be nice too, although a turbo V6 is hard to swallow in a quarter million dollar car.) Everything else Ford makes is unremarkable. Then again, if you take away GM's RWD vehicles, everything else they make is unremarkable too. The Mazda 6 elicits pity for the Fusion and Malibu.
Ford is making much better vehicles now than they did just 5-6 years ago, in my opinion. I, too, was bred to hate Ford and Dodge from a young age because my dad is a die-hard GM owner. However, it is foolish to overlook a vehicle simply because of its name. A buddy of mine owns a 2014 Fusion Titanium. I must say that it's a very nice car for what it is. It handles and rides very well and the 2.0 liter turbo engine has good torque and overall pull. Fuel mileage seems to be decent from what he tells me, too. It seems to be well-built and the fit and finish is nice. However, I will be interested to see how it holds up over time. Anyone can review a new car as being nice. If that same car is still nice in 10 years, that's the true test. I own a 2005 Honda Accord V6 and a 2007 Honda Ridgeline currently. They have 160k and 145k miles respectively and both are still darn-near perfect. I still chuckle at the kids with fart tubes and turbos strapped onto their Civics, but Honda is hard to beat for reliability and utility. Fun and fast driving is a completely different story although the Accord is a great car to throw around a bit. Hence, why I'm in the market for an SS. The Taurus SHO isn't even a consideration and I just can't bring myself to consider a Charger or Challenger when an SS is less expensive and the better overall driver's car.
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