The launch of the 2007 Ford Five Hundred sees a number of minor changes and a decrease in the model lineup. This full-size sedan from Ford has a design similar to the Mercury Montego and the Ford Freestyle SUV, which makes it a good choice for those looking for a larger sedan, as well as those who want an alternative to an SUV. All of these vehicles use a Volvo platform, and with the addition of standard airbags, the 2007 Ford Five Hundred consistently achieves class-leading results in government crash testing.
Body Styles: full-size sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, continuously variable
Models: Ford Five Hundred SEL, Ford Five Hundred Limited
For the 2007 model year, the number of models Ford Five Hundred drops from three to two with the elimination of the SE base trim level. The two remaining models, the SEL and Limited, come in both front and all-wheel drive, with the front-drive models offering a six-speed automatic transmission.
Front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor come standard on all models of the 2007 Ford Five Hundred, along with an alarm system and heated side mirrors. New options include Sirius satellite radio and a chrome package for both models and a navigation system and heated front seats for the SEL model.
The Ford Five Hundred debuted in 2004 for the 2005 model year, and the style remains relatively unchanged. The Ford Five Hundred’s design focuses on interior space, both in the cabin and in the trunk, while keeping exterior dimensions as small as possible to make the full-size sedan more manageable than larger vehicles. The 2007 Ford Five Hundred measures longer than most of its competitors and also has a taller profile, which provides for improved sight lines for the driver. The height of the 2007 Ford Five Hundred makes it seem more like an SUV or a minivan than many of the other sedans in its class.
The interior of the 2007 Ford Five Hundred feels roomy and provides plenty of space for four or five adults to sit comfortably. It shows off a contemporary design with a clear layout that proves easy to use. It offers plenty of head and legroom, as well as storage within the cabin. The rear seat splits 60/40, which allows both seats to fold flat, increasing the amount of space in the trunk. The front-passenger seat also folds flat to permit the transport of items up to nine feet in length.
Performance & Handling
Both models of the 2007 Ford Five Hundred come equipped with a three-liter V-6 that provides 203 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Front-drive models have a new six-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive models use a continuously variable transmission. The all-wheel-drive models also come equipped with a self-leveling suspension, which senses the distance to the road and raises and lowers the shocks to provide the most comfortable ride.
Although the 2007 Ford Five Hundred remains a large and heavy car, it has one of the smallest engines in its class. The power provided by the engine proves adequate for city driving, but many find it lacking for passing on the highway or climbing significant grades. Also, other full-size sedans offer better gas mileage. Still, handling feels responsive, and the ride feels smooth and comfortable in both models. Even with its tall body, the Five Hundred experiences little lean when cornering.
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor come standard on all 2007 Ford Five Hundred models. All-wheel drive models feature standard traction control, but it remains optional for front-drive models. Ford does not offer stability control on this model. Rear parking sensors and power-adjustable pedals provide options for all models. For all crash test situations: front-, side-, and rear-impact, the 2007 Ford Five Hundred receives the highest possible scores.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Five Hundred: 19/26 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior
- Large cargo area
- Driver visibility
- Excellent safety record
You Won't Like
- No stability control
- Automatic transmission
Safe full-size sedan that needs a more powerful engine.
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