Don't believe everything you hear about Ford quality and reliability. This vehicle (7 yrs, 140,000 miles) has been proof that Ford builds good vehicles. Of course there have been repairs, but all were inevitable based on the age of the vehicle.
Utility. This vehicle has helped me transport three children from infancy through primary school. Engine performance excellent.
Lighter or fold-down-flatter seats. Exterior design; Freestar is not an improvement. Interior fit and finish and quality appearance of materials.