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First Impressions Review: 2010 Ford Taurus SEL

Monday April 26th, 2010 at 10:44 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2010 Ford Taurus SEL

Pros

  • The optional SYNC system is great for music lovers
  • Huge trunk that is great for long trips
  • Good driving dynamics

Cons

  • Some odd design choices
  • Torque steer in FWD models.
  • Flat front seats.

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Ford's Plan For Better MPG: More EcoBoost Engines and Lighter Cars

Friday April 16th, 2010 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

EcoBoost engineTurbos and lighter cars could be both efficient and fun

Ford Motor Company has announced that they will sell three new versions of their fuel-saving EcoBoost engines by the end of this year. The company hopes to produce 1.5 million EcoBoost engines by 2013. Ford is placing so much faith in its turbocharged engines that the company plans on using the engine in 90 percent of cars built in the U.S.

If you are not up to date on FoMoCo’s marketing language, an EcoBoost engine is essentially a turbocharged direct-injected engine with variable valve timing. Ford designed the engine with the hope that it will produce the power of a larger displacement engine, but with the fuel efficiency of a smaller one. Ford claims the current 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine produces V-8 horsepower and V-6 fuel economy.

The three new EcoBoost engines are a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V-6 designed for rear-wheel-drive applications. The 2.0-liter has been confirmed to be in the next-generation Ford Explorer and Edge. The V-6 will be used in the F-150. The new EcoBoost engine could potentially give the F-150 the best fuel efficiency in its class.

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2010 Ford Taurus SHO Review – SHO nuff! …Finally!

Wednesday December 23rd, 2009 at 10:1212 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2010 Ford Taurus SHO
By Gary Chan

Pros

  • Engine – Smooth as silk
  • Quiet interior (for a performance car)
  • Ride quality rivals a European full-size sedan
  • Microsoft SYNC

Cons

  • Sometimes bigger isn’t always better
  • 10-way power adjustable Multi-Contour front seats didn’t make my backside happy
  • Luxury car price for a (very nice) Ford sedan

I was in college when the first Ford Taurus SHO came out with the Yamaha-built V-6. Back in the day before the Internet became a big funnel of information and porn, I remember reading all the car-buff mags and drooling over its awesome 220-horsepower. It was with great interest that I wanted to drive this new Ford Taurus SHO with the cool redesign that possessed a very sporty and European-look. The fact that it was painted Candy Red Metallic surely didn’t help matters (*grin*) … where are the keys!

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