Sensible 7-Passenger Solution
By Guillermo on
2005 Ford Freestyle SEL AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
My wife and I kept an eye out for a Freestyle for quite some time and finally found a great deal. The engine is well laid out (designed by Porsche and acquired by Ford-Cosworth). The AWD is taken from Volvos. The continuously-variable transmission (CVT) works remarkably well. Safety features are many, including ABS, traction control, and frontal and side- curtain airbags. The flat-folding seats, including the front passenger's, are extremely convenient. So far it's been reliable. Mileage has varied from 13-17 in the city to 24-26 on the highway while carrying five passengers. We can't wait for the summer!
Safety features, low profile, sporty looks, uncluttered interior, CVT, leather seats, DVD player, good MPG for a 7-passenger vehicle
Poor/cheap textiles used on floor carpets and behind seats (leather is great), AC controls (a tad confusing), somewhat outdated dash design, boxy (i.e., truck-like) interior door design, antiquated 90-degree antenna