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2005 Ford Freestar Review

A decent family vehicle but not remarkable compared to others on the market.

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The Ford Freestar is a seven-passenger minivan that was introduced after the Ford Windstar was discontinued. This vehicle is more of an upscale version of the Ford Windstar with improved safety features and improved cabin dimensions. All models also come with the upgrade of remote keyless entry and power locks.

This van can be an excellent vehicle for drivers who like to take long trips and enjoys extra options like a rear DVD player that is available in all trims except for the Ford Freestar Cargo and S versions. The Limited model can have three-zone climate control.

The second row seats of this van can be removed, while the third row bench is foldable to help make the most of the cabin interior space. An innovative feature is the third row of seats, which can also be swiveled around to face the rear of the vehicle. This would make for excellent tailgating or picnicking. This van is an excellent choice for converting to a handicap vehicle. The sliding doors and rear cabin space allow for easy conversion or installation of wheelchair ramps.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door cargo minivan, four-door passenger minivan
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Freestar Cargo, Ford Freestar S, Ford Freestar SE, Ford Freestar SES, Ford Freestar SEL, Ford Freestar Limited

What's New

The Ford Freestar SES has an option for a liftgate spoiler. The package content was moderately refined, and the trim levels were renamed for 2005. All models now have Class One and Class Two towing packages available.


This van has a nice and solid-looking frame. It has the basic minivan shape, but it manages to promote a more refined air. With two rear sliding doors, it is easy to load people or objects into the van. The van has power opening rear quarter windows, which allow the airflow from the windows to be controlled from the driver seat position. In inclement weather, the intermittent rear wiper helps keep visibility high. All the models, except for the Ford Freestar Cargo, have a rear liftgate door.


Minivans are often thought of as family vehicles, and the Ford Freestar has the seats to accommodate the entire family. The seats come in cloth covering, which means no little ones will be scalded by leather heated by the sun. Drivers and experts report that the plastic components feel cheap. All of the models except for the Ford Freestar Cargo and S versions come with front and rear cup holders.

With four speakers equipped on most models of this vehicle, everyone will be able to hear the cd or radio. The Ford Freestar Limited also features audio controls on the steering wheel for ease of use.

This van has seating for seven people in a total of three rows. The second row seats are individual and are removable. The third row is a bench that can be folded down and then folded flat into the floor of the van. The space designated for the third row in the rear is excellent for storage and groceries.

Performance & Handling

Minivans are not known for being powerhouses when it comes to acceleration and handling. Like most minivans, this vehicle is still able to pull its weight around, but it will not be winning any road races. Stability control helps it when making turns, but one should not try to push the van on any winding mountain roads.


Since the Ford Freestar was designed with family in mind, it excels in the safety department. This van earned a perfect five stars in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frontal crash tests. Stability control is also standard on all models of this vehicle. Except for the Ford Freestar Cargo, all models also include rear door child safety locks and child seat anchors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Freestar Cargo: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Ford Freestar S: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Ford Freestar SE: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Ford Freestar SES: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Ford Freestar SEL: 16/21 mpg city/highway
Ford Freestar Limited: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Ample safety features
  • Refined looking interior and exterior
  • Room for everyone inside

You Won't Like

  • Slow acceleration
  • Unimpressive engine power
  • Low gas mileage

Sum Up

A decent family vehicle but not remarkable compared to others on the market.

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