2006 Ford Freestyle User Reviews
SEL FWD shown
- $6,655 - $8,220
- No trim specified for this review
- Comfortable, good handling, roomy interior, strong brakes
- Engine is loud, car underpowered, CVT-please give me the new 6 speed trans
This is my company car and I drive about 25,000 miles a year.
So far I have found this car to be a good handling, comfortable, very practical vehicle that exhibits good build quality.
The seating position is excellent and has very good ingress and egress. For a vehicle with a relatively high center of gravity, I find the handling to be very good, handling bumps mid curve with aplomb. The brakes are quite large, have good feel and offer prodigious stopping power for a vehicle of this size.
My job requires that I carry many samples and literature and the with the 3rd row seat down, the rear cargo area is cavernous. I like how the rear seats fold flat and allow easy access to cargo out back.
The styling, while not as eye catching as the new Edge, is ok, with a good melding of SUV and Minivan without looking awkward.
My biggest dissappointment is the engine tranny combo. I absolutely despise the CVT. It unecessarily keeps the engine revs high and makes for poor off the line acceleration. The engine seems to have decent power, but seems unrefined, noisy, almost coarse but that may be because of the CVT.
It seems that Ford did a poor job marketing this car. This cartainly is a better car than the overrated Toyota Highlander, in fact better than any Japaneese competition especially when you consider handling and braking. (Yes I hate Toyotas!) They might not break, but I have never driven cars with with so little character, poor steering feedback and offer such an utterly unmemorable driving experience.
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