The 2007 Ford Freestyle serves as a midsize crossover SUV, which shares the same Volvo platform with the Ford Five Hundred sedan. In essence, the Ford Freestyle provides the wagon version of this sedan, as it combines the seating capacity of a minivan with the handling of a car. Depending on the seating arrangement, the 2007 Ford Freestyle seats six or seven passengers and still provides plenty of room for cargo.
Body Styles: five-door station wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: continuously variable
Models: Ford Freestyle SEL, Ford Freestyle Limited
With the launch of the 2007 Ford Freestyle, the company drops the base SE trim, leaving only two models: the SEL and the Limited. An alarm system and heated mirrors come standard for all models and 18-inch wheels join the list of standard features for the Limited model. The number of airbags increases with the addition of front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags with a rollover deployment sensor as standard safety features.
The basic architecture of the 2007 Ford Freestyle is shared with the Ford Five Hundred sedan, making this crossover SUV look like the wagon version of that sedan. This serves as a family car, and its low height from the ground makes it easy for anyone, no matter his age, to enter. Also, the rear doors open wide allowing easy access, as well as installation of car seats. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels come standard on the SEL model, while the Limited sits on 18-inch wheels. The other way to differentiate between the two models concerns the SEL’s two-tone exterior paint, because the Limited model only uses one color.
The Freestyle seats either six or seven passengers in three rows of seating. Six-passenger seating comes standard, but it increases to seven with the addition of a bench seat in the second row. Both adults and children enjoy plenty of room in both the second and third rows. To increase legroom for the third row, the second-row seats can move backwards and forwards. The third row has a 60/40-split and folds flat, as does the second-row seats and the front-passenger seat.
Almost everything about the 2007 Ford Freestyle is user friendly. In addition to the cargo space in the rear, the interior of the Freestyle includes plenty of storage spaces. The front instrument panel and console seems simple and functional. Overall, the interior shows off a clean look, although some find the quality of the interior materials lower than expected.
Performance & Handling
All models of the Freestyle use either front drive or all-wheel drive, but all models employ the same engine and transmission. Both the SEL and Limited models contain a three-liter V-6 that provides 203 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The continuously variable transmission provides the convenience of an automatic, but greatly improves gas mileage due to the range of gear ratios.
The 2007 Ford Freestyle does not accelerate quickly from a stop, but it seems adequate when it gets going. Around town, more than enough power comes from the engine, but it seems lacking when it comes to passing and maneuvering on the highway. The ride feels smooth and the handling responsive, although some find the engine noisy, particularly when accelerating.
Standard safety equipment for the Ford Freestyle includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags with a rollover deployment sensor. Stability control remains unavailable. In both front and side-impact crash testing, the 2007 Ford Freestyle earns the highest possible score.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Freestyle front drive: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Ford Freestyle all-wheel drive: 19/24 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior for passengers and cargo
- Smooth ride and good handling
- Good safety features and crash test scores
You Won't Like
- Lacks power when accelerating
- Engine noise
- No stability control
Practical, family crossover SUV inhibited only by its weak engine.
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