In my opinion,Ford has vastly improved this vehicle from previous designs for style and reliability however, the 3.0L engine is very underpowered for the size of this large vehicle. I was a bit disappointed with the gas mileage too. Few people baby a car like we do and we seem to get about 24mpg. While this really isn't that bad, the competition is achieving around 28-32mpg with a more powerful 3.8L. In fact we bought this car when my wife happened to wreck our Crown Victoria, and we could get 19-25 with the 4.6L V8. The dashboard color combination is TERRIBLE! It's fine during the day, but wait 'till nightfall. YUCK! It also seems that these vehicles have very poor resale value.
Fold down rear seat
New dashboard color combination
Rear disc brakes
More clearance from the trunk into the back seat
Separate the radio controls from the heating controls!
My wife is about 5'1" and is having troubles seeing around the headrests to change lanes. We have had to add a spot mirror.