Taurus Rival Revealed: Acura RL

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Aug 31, 2009
    ajla : August 31st, 2009 at 11:18 am @NulloModo: Given that these cars are so close why is it that everyone pans the SHO but lauds the Hyundai? Speaking only for myself, I do not like the 2010 SHO because I don’t believe it is a faithful interpretation of the nameplate. A SHO and a Hyundai Genesis should not be comparable. The 2010 SHO is a big, comfortable, quiet, relatively quick, inoffensively styled $40K executive car. If Ford called it “Taurus Limited with Ecoboost” I wouldn’t have a big problem. However, I think a vehicle wearing the “SHO” badge should be a dedicated sports sedan. Point taken, but I think that depends on what market the "sports sedan" plays in. Is it a compact, ala BMW 3-series or Infiniti G, or a mid-size, ala BMW 5-series or Mercedes E-Class? Size-wise, the Taurus slots in as a midsize/large car (and always has), so it's comparable to others in its class, not a compact sedan. It can't be an M3 fighter - it's too big. Then again, neither is the BMW in the Taurus' size class. Therefore...the benchmark for sports sedans of this size is the BMW 535, and the Taurus beats it or ties it in every acceleration test, and will give it a serious run on a back road. And it'll do the job for 20 grand less, and with more cargo and passenger room to boot. I'd say that shows a fair amount of "dedication." :)
  • FreedMike FreedMike on Aug 31, 2009
    P71_CrownVic : August 31st, 2009 at 11:44 am you 100% absolutely need AWD, then I guess the SHO is the best way to go. IE: You don’t know how to drive and shouldn’t be on the road. Are you just trolling this board looking for people to flame you?
  • Toasty Toasty on Aug 31, 2009

    @ geeber: The clip is 1:28, not a minute. "The Taurus is quieter on the road, too." Below, cite the Car & Driver test in a caption. Yeah, that'd take a lot of time and effort to include in the script. No numbers to be rattled off. Add the above to that ad, and I'd have no problem with it. If Ford wants to change some minds, it'll take more than "[s]ome snappy graphics and easily understood visuals". Adding some meat to the sizzle isn't hard; Ford had all of the ingredients, but still missed the mark.

  • Anonymous Anonymous on Aug 31, 2009
    Are you just trolling this board looking for people to flame you? Then explain to me Mikey...explain to me...a person who drove a V8, RWD car with high-performance tires (90% tread gone), no traction control, and no locking diff through MANY Minnesota winters without being stuck ONCE...why I need AWD? AWD is simply a crutch that people use to mask their deficient driving skills. Simply put...if you cannot handle driving a modern day RWD car with modern day tires in the snow...then you shouldn't be behind the wheel.