2005 Ford Five Hundred Preview
Bringing back sedan buyers
Page 1: Introduction
DETROIT, MI - Nobody would refute the argument that the Ford Crown Victoria and the Ford Taurus have become aged, inferior products incapable of competing on equal footing with modern family sedans. The former last saw a redesign in 1992; the latter in 1996. Both have been updated and freshened along the way, but the fact that most wind up exiting the dealership fleet sales offices rather than the showroom is testament to the fact that consumers have been looking elsewhere to satisfy their family transportation needs.
That's about to change. The 2005 Ford Five Hundred is compelling enough to bring sedan buyers back into the Ford fold, offering class-leading interior space, a giant trunk, an available all-wheel-drive system, and impressive safety systems. There's just one thing that Ford left out of the equation - horsepower.
Under the hood resides a 3.0-liter V6 engine dubbed the Duratec 30 that meets stringent new LEVII emissions standards. It makes 200 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque, which might be just enough to adequately motivate the base 3,643-pound model but is almost certain to struggle with a loaded AWD model weighing more than 3,800 pounds. Seriously, what's up with this? Plop that 4.6-liter V8 sitting in the parts bin under the Ford Five Hundred's hood, and give that Pontiac Bonneville GXP a run for its money!