Best in Class
By PJ on
2006 Ford Freestar SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
After test driving GM, Ford and Chrysler models, we found the Freestar to have the best qualities for the money. The Freestar has nearly all the features of the competitors and in some cases more. Hands down this beats the GM vans and the Chrysler is nice but not worth the extra $2000 to $4000 more for the same features.
Roomy interior with lots of storage space. The 4.2 liter engine has ample power for the size of the vehicle and although it is rated at 23 mpg on highway, several long road trips have averaged nearly 26 mpg. In town it gets about 18 which is average for all minivans. It all depends on how you drive.
Power doors should be an option on lower models, not just the highest package SEL or Limited. Maybe a full size spare as well. Overall this is a GREAT van in this class.