By Steve on
2006 Ford Freestyle Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
We started looking for a 7 seater replacement for our aging V70 - kids getting bigger. Have not owned a domestic vehicle for 10 years and it took some doing to look at Ford. Reviewed all the usual competitors including XC90. It is very functional and versatile, a real 7 seater with ample interior room. Comfortable, firm ride, quiet with no squeaks and rattles. Handles the road imperfections really well. Ford has done an excellent job on this car from design to execution. If you are looking for this type of vehicle and overlook the Freestyle you are making a mistake.
Lots - interior layout is exceptional. Ride and handling (for a large vehicle) and build quality sold this car. CVT takes some getting use to but is innovative and balanced well with the engine. Fuel use is not much more than our wagon. Good value.
The interior material could use some upgrading. Not up standard of what we are used to with Volvo or Saab (but price isn't either). I am on the fence on whether this needs more power. I think it is okay but I am still getting used to the CVT and need to do more runs loaded up with the family.