2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5 twin turbo from North America
This has been the best car I've ever owned. Glad I went American!
Initial TSBs issued by Ford that the dealer resolved. There were around 10. Once these were done in the first month of ownership, no other issues.
Large, heavy, highway cruiser with AWD, that will surprise those driving cars costing 2X as much in the 0-60 sprint from a stoplight.
This car, while having a MSRP of $45k, has heavy dealer and customer incentives. Most do not pay anywhere near that price.
The car is very comfortable. With heated/cooled/massaging front seats and rear heated seats, it was a class leader in 2010. The rear shade keeps the car cool in the summer. The rear camera with collision detection and cross traffic alert is a great feature. I even had it once alert me to a child on his bike. Sync works fine and controls most features, though I rarely use the voice control.
The AWD and weight of the car translates to a sure footed drive on snowy roads. The AWD also helps to put down 365HP to the pavement when you need. Of note, a simple tune of the ECM will get you around 420HP for under $700. The exhaust on this car is a true dual exhaust.
The auto headlights, auto wipers, and auto cruise control leads you to just steer the car on the interstate. The car also features auto radio volume based on speed to keep you from having to constantly adjust the 10 speaker Sony radio system. 911 assist, standard with the car, is free as long as a phone is paired via Bluetooth. The HID, true Xenon, headlights are very bright and shine the way.
In regards to maintenance, I've only changed the oil and filters at spec. I've recently flushed the transmission fluid and change the PTU fluid (AWD) outside of Ford recommendations due to some forum suggestions. I've spent less than $1k on normal maintenance. I've had to put one set of tires on the car at a cost of $1,500.
This is the first new American make I've owned and I can say I'm impressed! I thought going to the dealer and knowing your service adviser by his first name was just a normal car owning experience (former Subaru and Nissan owner).
I'd buy another in a heartbeat, but, why, this car is just fine!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th January, 2016