We have only owned this car for about a month. We did not see many on the road where we live and were wondering why Ford didn't advertise more about this great vehicle. Thank goodness for customer review sites like this one. We were shopping for a 6-7 passenger vehicle but did not want a big SUV or a van. When we were in Italy this year we rented a 6 passenger wagon and we were hooked. As soon as we got back to the USA we started shopping for a 6-7 passenger wagon. Ford Freestyle offered a spectacular car. It is easy to park and drive and seats 7 very nicely. The gas mileage is much better than my Explorer.
I love my bucket seats in middle and the bench in the back, it allows me to get back to the children without any problem and there are cup holders everywhere and outlets to plug in the kids games. I love the hide away mirror so I can flip it down and check on the kids in the back.