This crossover vehicle by Ford is an excellent selection of cars offered in 2005. The Ford Freestyle is a four-door station wagon that can hold up to six or seven passengers depending on the seat configurations chosen. It has three rows of independent folding seats, plenty of cargo space, and comfortable accommodations. Featuring a continuous variable transmission combined with a dual overhead cam, aluminum, V-6 engine, it offers a refined driving dynamic. The Ford Freestyle can come in either all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive.
Ford says that the Freestyle is a vehicle that ?fits every lifestyle,? and it may have hit the proper balance. This fabulous vehicle manages to offer the cargo utility of an SUV without sacrificing safety.
Body Styles: four-door station wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: continuously variable-speed automatic
Models: Ford Freestyle SE, Ford Freestyle SEL, Ford Freestyle Limited
The Ford Freestyle was brand new for Ford in 2005. Branching out into crossover vehicles, this wagon can seat up to seven. It brings a high degree of safety for everyday driving.
This vehicle definitely has an SUV style and look about it. It has a long front hood that has been likened to the Volvo station wagon. The wheels and tires are large at 17 inches for the Ford Freestyle SE and the Ford Freestyle SEL; 18-inch wheels are come with the Limited trim. It has a high beltline, which is the line that separates the lower vehicle from the glass parts of the upper vehicle. The higher beltline gives it a more aggressive style while offering a more solid barrier for collisions.
The top of the vehicle also has raised cargo ties for the transportation of more bulky luggage or other cargo.
This wagon has three rows of seats that can be arranged in several different configurations, which can seat six or seven passengers. The second row seats can either be separated by a console or have a seventh seat placed between them. The third row seats can fold down flat into the floor making a nice even surface for cargo. No matter which configuration, this vehicle has plenty of legroom for each row and does not feel cramped when fitting everyone inside.
Cloth covering for the seats is standard, but leather upholstery is an available option. This vehicle has cup holders for every row in the vehicle. There are storage bins in the front console and dash with an option for an extra overhead storage bin.
Performance & Handling
This wagon can come with either all-wheel or front-wheel drive. Continuous variable transmission means that the vehicle operates like an automatic without actually having any gears. The two variable pulleys are connected to the three-liter, V-6 engine to drive the wheels. This vehicle is able to quickly and smoothly accelerate up to speed. With the independent suspension standard in all trims, the ride is almost always smooth. It has decent handling and a responsive touch, but sometimes the continuous variable transmission detracts from the driving sense.
Safety is obviously an important point for Ford since so many of its safety features come standard. It comes with four-wheel anti-lock brake system with ventilated front disc and solid rear disk brakes. Ford also included an electronic brake force distribution system. For keeping the little ones in, the Ford Freestyle has child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks.
This wagon offers an innovative Safety Canopy that deploys in the case of a rollover or side impact. The Safety Canopy uses a covering of airbags deployed from the top structure and helps protect the heads of the passengers in every row. It protects the passengers from hitting the roof or the roof pressing into them, and the bags it deploys remain inflated longer to offer protection until the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Optional side airbags are also available. This vehicle has an advanced personal safety system that controls airbag deployment, and the horizontal collapse of the steering column based on weight and seatbelt sensors.
It also has an engine immobilizer, which prevents the car from being started without the proper electronic key present. This is handy for preventing theft.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Freestyle: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable transportation for six passengers
- Plenty of cargo space with the folding seats
- Smooth and balanced ride
You Won't Like
- Acceleration is not fast
- Lacks stability control
- Some of the interior parts seem cheap
An excellent crossover vehicle for comfortable passenger rides and great for hauling cargo in a pinch.
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