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2006 Ford Freestyle Wagon

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Ford Freestyle Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission CVT Automatic
  • Horse Power 203 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 Ford Freestyle

  • With truly comfortable accommodations for six passengers, plenty of cargo space and refined driving dynamics, the 2006 Ford Freestyle wagon has everything going for it -- except power.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Expansive cargo hold, roomy seating for six passengers, balanced ride and handling characteristics, lengthy list of safety features.

  • Cons

    Weak and unrefined engine, can't get stability control, a few low-grade interior materials.

  • What's New for 2006

    For 2006, a navigation system is now optional on the Ford Freestyle.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Throttle problem?

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Vehicle: 2006 Ford Freestyle SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)

We bought our 2006 Freestyle SEL AWD new and have enjoyed driving the car. It gives a smooth, quiet ride. As another owner says, it turns from a passenger hauler to a cargo hauler in minutes. I do wish it got better gas mileage, but it is AWD.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful


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Vehicle: 2006 Ford Freestyle SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)

This WAS a great family car. Everyone loved taking trips in it either down the road or across the state. The interior isn't the most fashionable, but it's comfortable and easy to clean. That was until the "bulletproof" CVT went out. No problems at all up until this point, but now one MAJOR problem offsets everything else that didn't go wrong. What's worse, everyone I've spoken to who either owns or fixes these has had the SAME PROBLEM! Shouldn't America's only real car company step up and do the right thing?!? Where's the recall?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Don't buy!

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Vehicle: 2006 Ford Freestyle SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)

I have owned this car for 4 years and had planned to pay it off and keep it. I just found out the transmission is bad and needs to be replaced for $4500.00. Ford is taking no responsibility and is unwilling to admit that it has a problem with transmissions. I plan on ditching this car as soon as I can. I hear there are more repairs down the road. Do not buy until ford fixes its transmission problems once and for all!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Bad transmission

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Vehicle: 2006 Ford Freestyle SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)

Don't buy ford freestyle. The transmission will go out. Our transmission went out and it is going to cost 3,000 to 5,000 dollars to fix.

Versitle hauler

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Vehicle: 2006 Ford Freestyle SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)

Bought this car new. Traded an 2005 Caravan which was a huge disappointment. The Freestyle is the most versatile vehicle I have ever owned. It converts from a comfortable people hauler to cargo hauler in seconds. Very comfortable road car. Decent gas mileage. After 70K+ miles, only on second set of tires and they have pleanty of tread left. No problems whatever with this car. Comfort, ride and power is more than adequate. Climate control system controls are small and hard to see and adjust while underway. Living in Maine, the AWD is a necessity and works great. There is no stopping this vehicle in snow. CVT has worked perfectly with no issues. This is a great car.

There are better choices for

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Vehicle: 2006 Ford Freestyle SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)

If I were buying a new crossover, I would certainly consider the Mazda CX9 first. The new Chevy/Buick Enclave second. The Freestyle (now the Taurus X) lacks serious driving and performance refinement. No matter how conservatively you drive it, you can sit and watch the gas gage go down. My only hope is that I can trade it in under the cash for clunkers act.

Full 2006 Ford Freestyle Review

What's New for 2006

For 2006, a navigation system is now optional on the Ford Freestyle.


Think of the Ford Freestyle as a tall station wagon that has taken on useful traits from the SUV and minivan genres. It successfully combines numerous family-friendly vehicle attributes. For instance, it has three rows of functional seating to accommodate six or seven passengers. Those passengers benefit from ample legroom and headroom, and the third-row rear seat can be folded flat to create a sizable cargo area.

Like a minivan, the Ford Freestyle has a low step-in height that enables little ones to climb in and out easily and spares parents the back-straining exercise of stooping down to load the kids and their car seats. It also features a high seating position for a better view of the road and optional all-wheel drive -- two of the most popular reasons cited for driving an SUV. What it doesn't have are sliding doors (as on a minivan), but unlike its closest crossover competitor, the Pacifica, its rear doors swing open wide enough so that loading passengers and their stuff doesn't feel laborious.

Well-rounded as it is, the Freestyle has one major weakness: power. With only a 203-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 providing power to this 4,000-pound vehicle, acceleration is adequate around town but lethargic on the highway. A larger, more powerful engine would do wonders for this wagon's overall appeal with buyers. But if you can get past this drawback, the safe and roomy 2006 Ford Freestyle is definitely worth a look if your family numbers four or more and you have little interest in driving a minivan.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Ford Freestyle wagon comes in three trims -- SE, SEL and Limited. The SE comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, seating for six, air conditioning, a CD player, a six-way power driver seat, full power accessories and cruise control. The midgrade SEL adds an MP3-compatible in-dash CD changer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, automatic headlights, foglights, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer and body-color door handles and mirrors. If you go for the Limited, you'll get 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery in the first and second rows, wood grain interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded sound system, power adjustments for both front seats (along with memory for the driver), front-seat heaters, 50/50-split capability for the third-row bench and a cargo net. Note that SE and SEL models come with two-tone exterior paint, while the Limited AWD gets a monochromatic paint job. Options include power-adjustable pedals, a three-person bench seat for the second row (providing seven-passenger capacity), a navigation system and reverse-parking sensors.

Powertrains and Performance

All Freestyle models come with a 3.0-liter V6. Horsepower comes in at 203, while torque measures 207 pound-feet. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard. Buyers can choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.


Four-wheel antilock disc brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution are standard, as is traction control. Stability control is not available. On the options list, you'll find both side-impact airbags (for the front) and head curtain airbags (for all three rows). The 2006 Ford Freestyle earned a perfect five stars in all frontal- and side-impact crash tests conducted by the NHTSA. In IIHS frontal offset testing, the Freestyle got a rating of "Good," the highest possible.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Freestyle's cabin is simple and functional with lots of convenient storage nooks and bins. Depending on whether you select captain's chairs or a 60/40 bench seat in the second row, the Ford Freestyle can seat six or seven passengers. The second and third rows offer enough legroom to seat both adults and children comfortably. The captain's chairs can be adjusted fore and aft to provide more legroom for third-row passengers, while the 60/40 bench seat is nonadjustable. Total cupholder count is 14, which should keep everyone happy on long trips. A deep cargo well provides a good deal of space for groceries, even when all three rows of seating are in use. When you need more room, both the second- and third-row seats fold flat into the floor, providing up to 85 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Driving Impressions

Acceleration is adequate around town, but the engine quickly runs out of steam during highway passing maneuvers, especially when the vehicle is loaded up with passengers and gear. Power delivery is noisy and refined, which can grate on occupants' nerves. Ride dynamics, on the other hand, are impressive, as the wagon's fully independent suspension delivers a smooth, refined ride quality and responsive handling around corners.

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Gas Mileage


  • 17
  • cty
  • 22
  • highway
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