About the Ford Freestyle
The Ford Freestyle offers drivers better visibility and space for up to seven passengers as well as room for cargo. It is an alternative to the Ford Explorer. Available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, it was the first Ford vehicle to offer continuously variable transmission (CVT). It was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year in 2005.
As a crossover vehicle, it offers the cargo space of a minivan, the comforts and ease of driving a sedan, and the ability to handle inclement weather like an SUV. Though it received positive reviews for its style, comfort, and affordability within its niche, sales figures remained rather low. Reviews mentioned less than stellar engine performance and the unavailability of stability control as reasons why the Ford Freestyle never caught on as a favorite in the crossover marketplace.
The 2005 Ford Freestyle is equipped with a 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 engine, which produces 203 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. This is combined with a front-wheel drive CVT automatic transmission. Standard equipment across all models includes power door mirrors, power front windows, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, front and rear cup holders, cruise control, AM/FM/CD audio system (four speakers in the SE and seven speakers in SEL and Limited), tachometer, rear window defroster, rear window wiper, and variably intermittent wipers. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive was optional across the Freestyle model lineup.
Standard safety features include dual front impact airbags, panic alarm, ignition disable, traction control, ABS brakes, and occupant sensing airbag.
The 2005 Ford Freestyle is available in SE, SEL, and Limited models. Depending on model, optional equipment includes heated door mirrors, auto-dimming rear view mirror, garage door transmitter, adjustable pedals, power moonroof, memory seat, rear seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, MP3 capability, trip computer, outside temperature display, compass, fog lights, delay-off headlights, fully automatic headlights, block heater, overhead airbag, and dual front side impact airbags.
An optional second row of two captain’s chairs reduced overall seating to six, but provided more room to maneuver around the passenger cabin. These seats could fold down to provide extra cargo space. With all seats occupied, the Freestyle offers 16 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third row seat folded flat, total cargo capacity is 48 cubic feet; 85 cubic feet of space is available when both the second and third row seats are folded down.Ford Freestyle Features
The 2007 Ford Freestyleis available inSEL and Limited models. The SEL is equipped with the 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 engine which produces 203 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. This is combined with a front-wheel drive CVT automatic transmission. Standard equipment includespower steering, power door mirrors, heated door mirrors, cruise control, power front windows, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear cup holders, air conditioning, steering wheel mounted audio controls, AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, trip computer, variably intermittent wipers, rear window wiper, tachometer, compass, traction control, security system, ignition disable, panic alarm, occupant sensing airbag, overhead airbag, dual front side impact airbags, ABS brakes, dual front impact airbags, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather shifter knob, front center armrest, front bucket seats, and power driver seat. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are also standard.
The third row seat is a bench. Second row seats are bucket seats, offering a total seating capacity of six.Other options included heated front seats, rear seat center armrest, leather upholstery, power passenger seat, second and third row split bench seats, a power moonroof, rear heating and air conditioning, navigation system, adjustable pedals, automatic temperature control, rear DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones, outside temperature display, reverse sensing system, fully automatic headlights, delay-off headlights, block heater, all-wheel drive, fog lights, and traction control. MP3 capability was optional with an updated stereo system.
The 2007 Ford Freestyle Limited offers all of the standard and optional equipment available in the SEL plus garage door transmitter, memory seat, stereo system with seven speakers, and 18-inch alloy wheels.Ford Freestyle Evolution
In 2006, an MP3-compatible CD player was made standard for all models. Steering wheel audio controls were adopted for vehicles with CD-changers.
After the 2007 model year,Ford discontinued the Freestyle, but it was available in 2008 and 2009 as the Taurus X.