Since it debuted in 2004 as a replacement for the Ford Windstar, the Ford Freestar minivan has remained relatively the same. Ford offers three models to choose from, plus a cargo van version. The three models vary in features as well as engine size. The only transmission remains a four-speed automatic, and all models seat up to seven passengers in three rows. The cargo van has no rear seats and aims to please contractors and workmen.
Body Styles: four-door minivan
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Freestar SE, Ford Freestar SEL, Ford Freestar Limited, Ford Freestar Cargo
Ford Freestar models show no changes of note between the 2006 and 2007 model years.
One of the ways to differentiate between the trim lines for the 2007 Ford Freestar shows on the front end. Each trim has a different style that distinguishes it from the others. The base SE model has a body-colored grille. The SEL version flaunts a chrome grille, and the Limited version boasts the chrome grille, as well as chrome accents. All models come with standard 16-inch wheels, but 17-inch alloy wheels provide an option. The wheels on the SE model are steel, while the SEL models use five-spoke aluminum wheels, and the Limited version has chrome wheels. The Limited version also benefits from power rear sliding doors. Roof rails come standard across all models.
The Freestar’s instrument panel and console has a clean look and design. While the interior materials look good, they feel cheaper to the touch and of lower quality than those found in other minivans. Seating comes in three rows, with bucket seats replacing a two person bench for the second row of seating in the higher trim lines. The bucket seats can fold and tumble forward instead of being removed to add more cargo space. The third-row bench folds flat in one piece, instead of having a split. It can face the front or flip to face the rear for tailgating. Legroom in the second row may feel tight for most adults and some taller children. This improves with the upgrade to bucket seats. Unfortunately, cargo space in the 2007 Ford Freestar falls short of that provided by almost all the other minivans.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Ford Freestar SE comes equipped with a 3.9-liter, V-6 engine that provides 193 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The rest of the models use a 4.2-liter, V-6 engine with a power output of 201 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available remains a four-speed automatic. The power provided by both engines proves more than adequate for in-town driving, but it falls short when passing and maneuvering on the highway.
The 2007 Ford Freestar’s suspension is relatively soft, which leads to imprecise handling. The turning circle swings quite wide, and models experience noticeable body lean when cornering. Driving and parking the Freestar feels more truck-like in comparison to other minivans in its class. Fuel economy disappoints for a minivan. The ride remains relatively quiet, but it feels bumpy at times.
Anti-lock brakes come standard on all 2007 Freestar models. Electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, stability control, and a tire-pressure monitor also come standard. Full-length side curtain airbags remain optional for all models. The side curtain airbags include a rollover deployment sensor. The 2007 Ford Freestar scores well in frontal-impact crash testing, but lower for side-impact crash tests, particularly if the minivan lacks side airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Freestar SE: 18/24 mpg city/highway
Ford Freestar SEL/Limited: 17/23 mpg city/highway
- Good passenger room with bucket seats
- Good crash test scores
You Won't Like
- Low fuel economy
- Poor acceleration with both engines
- Low-quality interior materials
Good-looking minivan that doesn’t live up to its exterior.
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