Quick Drive: 2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6 EcoBoost

So yes, the paper argument for the 1.6 EcoBoost is extremely compelling. But what’s it like on the road? Well, quite good, actually. The charm of Ford’s EcoBoost engines is how they perform at the low end of the spectrum, where most drivers spend most of their time. With a torque peak of just 2500 rpm, the Escape gives the illusion of a much more substantial powerplant under its hood.

By Brandon Turkus | August 30, 2012
Winding Road Video: 2013 Ford Taurus SHO – Quick Drive

Today we show you around the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO.

By Chris Amos | June 27, 2012
First Look: 2013 Ford Taurus Range

Since its debut as a 2010 model, the Ford Taurus has brought the Blue Oval back into the large sedan segment in a way it hasn’t enjoyed in almost two decades. To keep the Taurus from getting stale, the 2013 model gets the traditional mid-cycle refresh.

By Brandon Turkus | April 20, 2011
Flip This Car: 1989 Ford Taurus SHO—Part Six

As of 11:31am on Sunday, September 12, 2010, my relationship with the vehicle affectionately known as the Old ’89 drew to a close. As the previous five articles in this series suggest, I had plenty of fun behind the wheel. But now, the burning question is whether or not I actually flipped this car right and proper. Of course, I’d be a lousy scribe if I answered such a question in the first paragraph, so first, a bit of suspense.

By Christopher Smith | September 12, 2010
Ford Reveals Powertrain Options For 2011 F-150

Ford has announced the engine options for the 2011 F-150, and what a lineup it is. Three engines will be available at launch, the base 3.7-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8 that are both shared with the Mustang (both are detuned a bit for the pickup), and the 6.2-liter V-8 that is the base motor on the F-250 Super Duty. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 from the Taurus SHO will be available in early 2011.

By Brandon Turkus | August 11, 2010
Flip This Car: 1989 Ford Taurus SHO—Part Five

Life with the Old ’89 is winding down, and not just from the standpoint of time. If anything, time is now an ally to this car, as it’s long past the point of depreciation from age alone. To that end, many folks in this business think these cars will be something of a collector item in years to come, and judging by some recent 1989 Taurus SHO sales that topped the $10,000 mark (which may have influenced my decision to buy this car), they could be right.

By Christopher Smith | August 02, 2010
Flip This Car: 1989 Ford Taurus SHO—Part Four

Anyone who has ever sported a car they fancied something special can relate to the weeks and days leading up to a big car-related event. Even if, say, that something special is a slightly rusty, four door Ford Taurus. As it turns out, Conan O’Brien and I aren’t the only fans of this sneaky sleeper sedan; a few of you have mentioned the national Taurus SHO convention taking place in the Winding Road suburb of Dearborn, Michigan, and with the electrical fire well and truly tamed on the Old ’89, I’m looking forward to accompanying a field of over 100 cars next week in Motown.

By Christopher Smith | July 09, 2010
Flip This Car: 1989 Ford Taurus SHO — Part Three

I may have mentioned before that this rusty, red 1989 Taurus isn’t my first SHO. It may be a sport sedan with a spiffy engine, but I’ve been made aware (from a Toyota Avalon no less) that it’s no longer the rolling four-door superhero it once was. And to that end, I can only say that I really, really don’t care.

By Christopher Smith | June 07, 2010
Flip This Car: 1989 Ford Taurus SHO – Part Two

Buying a cheap used car for daily duty—especially a sub-$1000 performance ride—is almost always a roll of the dice, but that’s exactly what I did in part 1 of this series. For some reason, the masochistic side of my personality loves the risk. Chalk it up to adrenaline or the thrill of the challenge, but it’s definitely part of what makes cheap car challenges so much fun. There are always surprises to be had. And, as with any new relationship, it takes time to uncover all those little mysteries and secrets. The Old ’89 is no exception, though I’m pleased to offer a positive report after nearly a month behind the wheel.

By Christopher Smith | May 04, 2010
Third Look: 2010 Ford Taurus SEL Is More Than Just A Good Value

With all of the coverage that we’ve given to the Ford Taurus SHO lately, it’s easy to forget that the bread-and-butter SE, SEL, and Limited models still offer a whole lot of goodness, even without twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6. We just spent one week with a front-wheel-drive SEL test car, and while the overall value proves to be the Taurus’s best selling point, this car possesses plenty of other good qualities.

By Steven J. Ewing | December 14, 2009
Driven: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO

When Ford announced earlier this year it was resurrecting the Taurus SHO, eyebrows were raised across the motoring spectrum and especially within the Taurus SHO enthusiast community, who’ve long regarded themselves as Ford’s red-headed step-children. Spying the tiny turbos and listening to Ford engineers babble on about torque delivery and fuel economy at lengthy pre-launch events did little to quell concerns, leading more than a few folks to write the car off without so much as a test drive. Everyone knew that the new car was going to be much bigger—and heavier—than the original, but had Ford learned the lessons of the Marauder? Would Ford actually have the guts to build a sedan that once again equaled the Mustang GT in performance? Would this new vehicle Ford was calling its premium flagship “with attitude” be more than a few badges and some noise?

By Christopher Smith | August 25, 2009
Driven: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO

Charging into any of a thousand deep green tunnels of trees, twin turbos spin 170,000 rpm just in front of the firewall. The all-wheel-drive bites into the asphalt tossed across North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Only way deep, way hot into the corner do the tires begin to sound off. Nanoseconds before, the steering already communicated the impending understeer. The paddle shifter calls for a three-to-two downshift. It engages with a rev-match in 0.75 milliseconds. Nail the throttle for instant power. Clipping a leaf-strewn apex just for effect. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

By Rex Roy | June 25, 2009


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