Great car, so-so mileage on AWD
By Brendan on
2007 Ford Freestyle SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
Bought it used with 13400 miles on it. Have run two fuel tanks through it now in two weeks. Great handling for a big car. Much better than the '06 Taurus it replaced. Comfort, handling and space utilization is outstanding. 2nd and 3rd row seats don't have any legroom issues. Taller people (5'11"+) can't use the 3rd row headrests as they hit the headliner first if they lean back. No issues with upright seating position. Worst issue is that with an 80/20 city/highway mix I'm getting about 16.5 mpg. Worse than I'd expected. Don't think AWD is worth the mileage hit. Engine does get a bit noisy above 2500 rpm. A friend bought an '07 explorer same weekend. He likes mine better.
Tri-zone climate control. Premium sound CD changer/MP3 rocks. Leather is comfy - though I should have gotten heated seats. Handling much better than expected.
Remote trunk release. Yes, it has a latch. Other suggestions already accounted for in Taurus X. More towing capacity.