• Jan 26, 2006
We reported some time ago that Ford was rumored to have been thinking about cancelling its Freestyle crossover less than a couple of short years after it first hit the market. Whispers from within the Blue Oval were saying the Freestyle’s name would live on but the vehicle would not.
Autoweek is now reporting that Ford has told its suppliers the Freestyle will remain in the company’s product portfolio at least long enough to enjoy a front-end refreshening in early 2007.

Ford’s stable of crossovers has gotten a bit crowded with the debut of the Edge CUV that is available with the company's new Cyclone 3.5L V6. Will the Freestyle, not mention the Five-Hundred and Mercury Montego, enjoy the added oomph offered by Ford’s new 250-hp V6? Time will tell, but at least the Freestyle will be around to find out.


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      • 9 Years Ago
      Ford also needs to provide some upscale options like Navigation. My wife is looking to upgrade her Outback for something with 3 rows. Im not a fan of sliding doors so the Freestyle, Pacifica, Pilot or similar are on the table. Being that the Freestyle is under powered and lacked options put it at the bottom of the list.

      After seeing that the Buick Enclave is coming out this year Im going to be pushing hard for her to get that.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Our next door neighbors have a Freestyle and love it, but just wish it had a little more power. I would have considered it over my Pacifica if the 3.5L would have been available. It definitely has more space and functionality. But then again, if you give it the 3.5 and a Fusion frontend, isn't the Edge?
      • 9 Years Ago
      If it had a "normal" transmission, it would be on my short list to replace our aging Durango. I don't need any off-road ability at all, but I do need seating for seven and the ability to do some occasional light towing (17' ski-boat and pop-up camper). The CVT (combined with the Freestyle's relatively weak engine) effectively rules that out (max towing capacity is only 1000 lbs - not enough). The upcoming Edge will have a 6-speed automatic with a 250HP 3.5L V6 and a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. (plenty) but sadly, only seats five, so that rules it out too. I don't want another truck-based SUV, so the Explorer is out. How 'bout it Ford? Put the new 3.5 V6 & 6-speed auto (or at least the 6-speed auto) in the Freestyle and I'll be happy. I can't be the only one.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now if they would only dump the CVT. That is one of the main reasons why my wife hasn't upgraded from our Escape to the Freestyle. I simply don't trust CVT's.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The interior still needs improvement. I was quite disappointed when I looked at the quality of the interior compared to some foreign competitors. Apart from that (and the lack of power) the way you can manipulate the seating is quite good, and the seats are comfortable.
      • 9 Years Ago
      According to the last info I got from Ford, it looks like they'll be changing the Freestyle over to the 3.5L w/a 6-speed auto sometime during the '07 model year. They show both that and the 3L/CVT combo in '07, and then only the 3.5L/6-speed after that. They also show a refresh, or perhaps a slight platform change at approximately the end of the '07 model year, but I don't have much info on that.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm with Poe: I currently have an '01 Grand Caravan with AWD that I use to carry rug rats and pull a ski boat ( an old Supra compTS6m ). I like the looks of the Freestyle over the Pacifica and would consider replacing my GC with one if they put a decent motor in it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #8, check again. The 2006 Freestyle has a Navigation system as an option...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Does everybody else in the world drive race cars?

      I step on the gas and my Freestyle gets up and goes very nicely. What more do you want?
      • 9 Years Ago
      For some reason I thought the Edge was going to offer seating for seven, not five and there would be overlap. Then by all means, Ford needs to update the Freestyle both mechanically and cosmetically and they'll have a winner! However, replacing the Explorer with the Freestyle is a huge mistake. There will always be a need for the towing capacity the Explorer offers.