Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name of Charlie Byrd, of Hephzibah, who told us:
“The main different between this particular body style of the 2012 and the 2013 will be mainly front-end changes, grille work and very minor engine details, except for a few more horsepower with the Ecoboost engine.”
He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles wrote: “The taillight and Deep Impact Blue color was the key.”
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “This is quite possibly the best-looking, best-performing Taurus ever! Finally, a practical family sedan that can get the job done of transporting the family around to all of the family gatherings, dance recitals, sports activities, vacations and the daily grind of life, and provide a touch of excitement in the process.
“That original Taurus SHO (Super High Output) back in 1989 was available only with a five-speed manual transmission. Imagine that, a performance-designed sedan, aimed at the performance-oriented driver, and it was not available with an automatic slush box.
“Sadly, today’s version is available only with an automatic, although there is the ‘manual’ mode with the steering wheel mounted-paddle shifters that all of the automotive world seems to be so gaga over. Without that third pedal, it’s just not the same.
“The only other lament on this vehicle is how even Ford now calls it the Taurus SHO (pronounced show). … This just does not have the same marketing punch that S-H-O can have.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “The Taurus is Ford’s premium full-size sedan and is large, roomy, comfortable and … in SHO trim … fast. You may have seen Ford’s recent commercials featuring (my favorite) NASCAR driver ‘Cousin’ Carl Edwards drifting sideways, tires billowing smoke, with a cast of engineers extolling the virtues of the SHO’s twin-turbo 365-horse V-6 powertrain. Quite an impressive visual image.”
EVANS: Wayne Wilke wrote: “The 2013 model is similar to the 2012 model but has a refreshed front view. The circular gas flap on the passenger’s side and the high tail end make it fairly easy to identify.
“I have rented several 2012 Tauruses, and they are responsive, quiet, attractive and pleasant to drive. For such a large car, the interior feels cramped, however. Also when the trunk is open, it is just the right height to bump your head against.”
Bill Harding wrote: “What we have here is the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO, equipped with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, all-wheel drive, and a starting price of $39,000. A fully factory-optioned version will set you back to the tune of $47,000 before taxes and whatever pricing incentives Ford may be offering.
Styling is very clean and uncluttered, and to my eyes, it’s Ford’s best-looking car.”
Also, Jerry Paul
GROVETOWN: Byron Ray Wren
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski wrote: “This week’s car is a 2013 Ford Taurus SHO. The 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6-powered 2013 SHO comes with some styling changes to distinguish it from the standard Taurus model, which includes a blacked-out mesh grille, rear spoiler and 20-inch black-and-silver wheels.
Jeff Miller wrote: “This week’s What Is It? is the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO, with the distinguishing, exquisite, almost Maltese crosslike or five-coffins styled rims – depending on your perspective.”