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Pros: Everything: Freestyle feels like a puzzle where all the pieces fit perfectly.
Cons: Let's say bother: CVT tranny. It takes getting use to but at 29MPG, we'll take it!
Advice: Fantastic overall! Add some features like leather and the sound system for a better experience!WOW! What a fun vehicle. My Wife and I build the Ford Explorer in Louisville, KY. But, we decided to look at the new Freestyle; something new and different. We traded in our 2003 Explorer for a new 2006 Ford Freestyle. We needed a downsize and the Freestyle was a wonderful choice. A car-like ride, with SUV type room and van-like qualities, the Freestyle is a great family vehicle. It is quiet and roomy, but feels snug and secure all at the same time. Takes to the road very well and has a fantastic sound system. We got most of the SEL options: leather, moonroof, 6 seats with center 2nd row console, Rear Parking Assist(yes, that beeping thing). We got some other options, but not all of them. We liked it the way we got it. Ours is white with tan interior. My one urk: CVT tranny. The CVT reminds of that whining engine/exhaust sound that the new KITT(red version) had in the Knight Rider 2000 movie only on a more subtle level. If you have watched it and a fan of Knight Rider, you will like the sound. I rather like the sound myself, but the CVT tranny is something to get use to. Maybe it is because it is so, so smooth, that you hardly feel it shift. It's kinda weird to explain, but it does have good power and gets up to speed very quickly. Past that, we are thrilled about the Freestyle and recommend it to anyone: ample room for our family, all 4 members! It will not let me at the bottom, but we also own a 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix 2 door. Ashley and Amber Brown
Pros: quiet and comfort, plenty of leg room for all and guests enjoyed the 3rd seat view
Cons: beige interior
Advice: buy early into the year, hard to find what you want at endAfter test driving it and others,I purchased this model and happy that I did. driving enjoyment on long trips, quiet, and I found the response enough for what and when we need it. Buying late in the model year narrowed our selections but with care the interior (beige) will remain clean. I'm having fun and getting the compliments the car deserves. looking forward to the 2007-2008 model offering.
Cons: hatchback heavy, should have an easier way of closing and an inside button to open it.
Advice: I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone who is looking for a vehicle that is practical, economical and is classy! You won't be disappointed!This vehicle is one of the first in it's class. I traded in a 2002 Ford Explorer for my 2005 Freestyle Limited AWD in December 2004 and have absolutely no regrets! I am very particular when it comes to choosing the 'right' vehicle for me and my family. This car/SUV is smooth! It has a CVT transmission which allows me to get into and out of highway traffic safely and efficiently. The driver/passenger temperature controls and seat warmers are especially nice during the winter. My Freestyle drove exceptionally well during the many snow storms of winter 2004. I get compliments, literally, every day! There is plenty of room for my children, their friends and all their sports equipment all at once.
Pros: The smooth ride and the amount of space inside
Cons: I like everything about it but sometimes when I look at it at a certain angle it kind of looks like a station wagon
Advice: BUY IT!!I really love the way the Freestlye is on the road. It is a very smooth ride on bumpy roads and also very spacious. The third row seats come in handy when traveling and when going to the store I can put them down for extra space. We traded in our 2004 Honda Accord V6 manual 6 speed coupe for this and for the price we paid and the satisfaction of the ride it was well worth it. If you are looking for a family car to travel long distances this is the car for you.
Pros: I love the leather seats and how easy it is to get into and out of. The seats are set at just the right height. Older people can get in and out easily also.
Cons: Being a little bit of a snob, I had to get over the fact that it was a Ford. I never pictured myself in one. But one of us (Ford or me) has changed.
Advice: Definitely test drive it and see for yourself. This is a better car then the Highlander or the Pilot and you can fit 2 adults in the 3rd row seat.I can pass the trucks on the freeway if I need to with no worries. It has a very smooth and quiet ride. I do not feel like I am driving a truck in any way.
Pros: The Comfort of the vehicle
Advice: if you have a heavy footGas mileage on the highway is good, but it's horrible when it comes to city driving. I think it has something to do with the type of transmission that comes with the vehicle, the engine constantly rev's, and it gets louder when you try passing someone else on the high way (even at crusing speed). but thats my major complaint, everything else is great.
Pros: Handling and Looks
Cons: The engine is a little noisy, BUT no big deal.
Advice: Have fun. You'll love it.I bought the Limited Edition and can truly say that this vehicle, for it's class, is outstanding. Overall, I love it. The CVT trans is different, but I really like it. Much better than the downshifting of a standard trans. Safety? Outstanding. It really has the Volvo spirit. If you want something that rides soft and is quite, buy an E. B. Expedition. If you want practicality, buy the Freestyle.