2005 Ford Five Hundred - Road Test Specs

Vehicle
Model year2005
MakeFord
ModelFive Hundred
StyleLimited
Base MSRP$27,845
As-tested MSRP$30,235
Drivetrain
Drive typeAWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)203@5750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)207@4500
Transmission typeCVT
Chassis
Suspension, frontSelf-leveling independent
Suspension, rearSelf-leveling independent
Steering typepower assist
Tire size, front225/55R18
Tire size, rear225/55R18
Brakes, frontFour-wheel disc w/ ABS
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph (sec.)8.9
0-75 mph (sec.)12.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.62@86.43
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.82
60-0 mph (ft.)128.79
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.5
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsAcceleration is bizarre in this car because it's equipped with a CVT transmission. Essentially when you floor it the car somewhat lazily revs up to about 4,500 rpm and then shoots from 4,500 to 5,800 rpm very quickly. There's a burst of forward thrust as the engine jumps in rpm, then the engine holds its revs to about 5,800 while the CVT regulates how much power goes to the wheels. The engine itself sounds OK but not as advanced or refined as most modern sedan buyers would expect. It does accelerate better than you'd expect a big, heavy vehicle with a 203-horsepower engine would do. High 16s to 17-flat is rather impressive in the quarter-mile, and power-braking did help it pick up about two-tenths in the quarter-mile.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsBraking was good in the 500, it had almost no detectible fade over three runs, and pedal feel was progressive with excellent feedback. There was noticeable ABS nosie when it went into ABS mode, which is unfortunate, and it dived enough in front that the rear wheels unloaded and locked up for a split-second. If it had a little less body motion and ABS noise it would have earned an excellent rating, but because of the factors listed above we're going to give it a "good."
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThis car handled better than you'd expect from a sedan of this size and weight. The all-wheel drive definitely adds to the secure feeling, and body roll was not excessive considering how relatively high the 500 sits. The steering feel is typical Ford, tight and responsive and perfectly weighted. Overall handling is very stable and predictable, it would be pretty hard to get yourself in trouble with this car. We were able to pull some pretty impressive numbers considering the weight and lack of horsepower, so if you just look at a spec sheet you might be dissapointed but driving the car with a CVT really does help it feel faster than it really is.
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 City 26 Highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3815
Length (in.)200.7
Width (in.)73.7
Height (in.)60.1
Wheelbase (in.)112.9
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)40.9
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)38.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)21 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)21 cu. ft.
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years/36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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