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Pros: 6 speed transmission
Cons: The horse power is average 200hp
Advice: buy oneThe 500 is very comfortable. Very quite ride. The 6 speed transmission is very quite, and smooth. The power is average. A very nice car.
Pros: Comfortable seating
Cons: transmission shifting
Advice: Load up with the features. Fully load it for 30k or less.I have owned it for about 2 months. Extremeley luxurious ride and comfort for the money. Room, Room, room for everything and everybody. Nice attention to detail on the dash and instrument clusters. The transmission appears to shift when I do not expect or downshift at unusual times. This has not hampered driveability however. Just unusual for me. THis car is being used for commuting. I am (unfortunately) not getting the published mileage for city driving.
Cons: Limited does not come with gray interior option
Advice: Shop around for best price. Take advantage of employee pricing.Has the size and comfort of a big luxury car. It does not feel like a boat to drive like our 93 Cadillac Brougham. It handles easily like a smaller vehicle would almost comparative to our 95 Chevy Corsica. It has plenty of power and acceleration for Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex rush hours traffic. It was easy to park. During the test drives I compared many vehicles for all around view when driving, potential blind spots, and visibility when reversing. This car was an ace all the way around! Love the way it sits up higher than other sedans. Being behind an SUV is no problem with the visibility I have. During the test drives with this and other cars I made sure to get behind SUV’s just to test that extra few inches of height. What a difference! Plus it is not designed with a hood area too high or too long to see over amply. I found that with some other vehicles it was difficult to have good visibility over the hood or front end. I took a great deal of time over 2 months comparing reviews, safety ratings, features, options, mpg, and style. The 500 one won me over in all area’s. Though I still test drove many other vehicles and all paled in comparison to the 500. In particular I love the leather and faux wood trim of the Limited. It feels rich and comfortable to sit in. During test drives I felt the interior of the 500 looked better and felt more comfortable than others. I also opted for the one touch power moon roof. The 500 also has ample trunk space at a little over 21 CF. With the split rear fold down back seats it should handle anything I should ever want or expect to haul in a car. Also the front passenger seat can fold down if I ever should want to haul anything really long. I folded down the back seats and laid in the trunk. With my feet barely touching the back of the trunk my fingertips were a ways from touching the back of the front seats. I’m 5’2”. I compared this to far more vehicles than the form here allows. I compared trucks, to luxury cars to compact cars on paper and test drives. I was fortunate enough to find one that is considered used as it had about 2000 miles on it. So I got my Limited for about $22,799. I felt like I was cheating the dealership after all the comparing. To be fair I did take someone else with me to see how they felt sitting in the front seats and rear seats. I also at times asked sales persons to sit in the rear. I wanted to make sure that when someone tall rode with me that they had plenty of room. Even with the drivers seat all the way back there was plenty of room in the rear seat for passengers.
Pros: All of the room. More room than any car in it's class.
Cons: Nothing at all
Advice: Don't listen to those that say this car is under powered. Plenty of acceleration for all situations.Best vehicle purchase we have made in years. The high seats make getting in and out of the vehicle a breeze. I have to pull myself out of my wife's Impala. Acceleration is good and gas mileage is excellent (23 MPG City, 30+ MPG Highway). I believe Ford is onto something with this vehicle and people just haven't realized it yet. Once word gets around Ford better ramp up production.
Pros: That Ford used VOLVO technology in this car.
Cons: Had to wait for the car to come in.
Advice: Like some say, test drive the 300C/M cars, but note the 300 is REAR WHEEL DRIVE and the F/5/H is front.Excellent pickup with no lag. Plenty of ROOM (Even with the front seats pushed ALL THE WAY BACK) for everyone in the car. With the car HIGH, it is easy to get into all sides w/o having to BEND/CRAWL into the seats. No back strain putting the little one in the CAR SEAT in the back seat. Very ENJOYABLE. Love the Trunk space. Quiet going down the road. You can have 1 window down and not get the wind tunnel syndrome and have to open both sides. Don't have 8 golf bags, but it will hold them!
Pros: The comfortable ride
Cons: small front seats
Advice: Test drive the 300CI keep asking myself, 'Why haven't I seen another Five Hundred on the road?', “Did I choose an unpopular car?”, and “Does everyone else know something I don't?” Absolutely not! Having owned the Five Hundred now for a month, I am increasingly convinced that it was the right decision for comfort, safety, acceleration, ride and price. It is a beautiful car to drive. The appearance is not overtly radical that it stands out, but neither is it so common that its feels outdated. Though, not impressed by the sound of the engine (compared to the 300C) it does accelerate quickly! This is a car everyone should test drive and compare before making their purchase.
Pros: Interior room
Cons: Absolutely nothing
Advice: Get the SEL with leather & Moon roof. I'm getting 28mph with the 6 speed transForget those professional magazine reviewers. I am common man with a family, living on one paycheck. This car is perfect and inexpensive. Great mileage, excessive room everywhere, exteremly comfortable. It feels like a luxuary car without the big price tag. No squeaks, rattles. We have not one negative thing to say. Congrats Ford! Common people love this car. Just ask my coworkers, neighbors and church families. Its a homerun.