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Pros: the style and handling
Cons: Would like better quality floormats, a little larger.
Advice: Try it, you'll love it!Just purchased this Freestyle a month ago. What can I say that's not already said! We are delighted with everything about the vehicle. My husband and I are like kids with a new toy. It is such a pleasure to drive. The mpg is great. The tranny is different but sooo smooth! Have many of the options of the limited, but we like the two tone of the SEL. Would have liked to have had heated seats, but in 07 that will be an option for the SEL. Other that that we got everything we wanted and more.
Pros: Overall driving vision
Cons: like everything about the vechile
Advice: Just drive this vechileUpon driving this vechile,it handles great,very resposive when going around tight corners.Especially for a vechile of this size.Engine & transmission work well together and you feel that this vechile will react when you need it to.Driving the Freestlye is a great experiance the layout of the instruments is all within your reach and passenger/driver area have ample room.With this vechile you can have your cake & eat it.Switching to a Ford from chevrolet was a good move.
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
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.