• Jan 15, 2007
We thought this thing would be dead by now; what with the Edge, Fairlane, and next-generation Explorer all occupying CUV Parking Only spaces in Ford's garage. Nay, the Freestyle soldiers on for 2008, emboldened by a new face, set to debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The cosmetic surgery is in line with Ford's revisions to the Freestyle's platform-mate, the Five Hundred. Overall, the look doesn't even progress beyond conservative, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some of the innocuousness of the original Freestyle has been eradicated by more jowly fenders and the new corporate grille. We like it, it's more Ford-y, less bland. Power is rumored to be provided by the new 3.5-liter V6, with the joint-venture 6 speed transaxle taking the ratio shuffling. The original Freestyle was a nice vehicle that Ford only halfheartedly promoted. The 3.0 and CVT were more than adequate for everyday driving and the chassis and interior space were miles ahead of truck-based "family cars." We're expecting to see interior updates as well, be it materials, fit and finish, packaging, or all of the above. With more snort and a more conventional transmission, not to mention the squaring-up of the nose, we hope Ford gets behind the Freestyle. Sure, now we sound like dorks, but it really is a good family car, even if it is a station wagon in denial.
[Source: LLN]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I have considered one of these for a while. Now that they ditched the CVT, which I will never trust, I am really interested.

      These things have great space for hauling a get really good mileage.

      • 8 Years Ago
      "I don't know about else where but I see alot more Freestyles than Magnums around Michigan unless you count the Magnums sitting in the state fairgrounds lots or at Detroit Metro Airport.
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      Yea too bad Chicago hasn't been production to full capacity due to crappy sales, so much for being "popular".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Australias Ford Territory based on the the Falcon outsells its opposition 4 - 1. Similar looking to the previous Freestyle yet better looking was either RWD or AWD. Its success came down to its smart packaging, road holding and strong performance. It wasn't the most efficient around town, but on freeways no worse than a RAV4, but with more towing capabilities from its 190 KW straight 6, or 240KW turboed 6. Similar in size the FreeStyle could learn from the Territory, it deserves another chance in the booming CUV market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And they wonder why they're in trouble??? Ford should focus on building some solid cars. I think that they have enough CUVs and SUVs. They're just lame. They should have redesigned the Focus about 2 years ago. The Five Hundred is just a dud and Fusion is good. The Mustang is the only real car that they have in their line up. Where are the cars? GM has been really focused on introducing some great new cars. This Freestyle is a waste of materials. Let it go!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why did Ford bother adding a new front end? The Freestyle is an ugly failure, and Ford should just get rid of it to cut down on their expenses.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't see in the pics -- but I hope the front end is the 500's, and they promote it as the "500 Freestyle" to build some recognition for both, ease confusion.

      The person who confused it with a Subaru sized car points out the idiocy of the original version of this and the 500 -- due to their height, and the way the designs were detailed, they looked much smaller until you walk up to them. THE WHOLE POINT OF THE CARS WAS THE LARGE INTERIOR!! -- which you could not discern in photos.
      I hope the new ones convey some road presence, and show off their size, not hide it. Decent power helps, too.
      These are crucial vehicles whose poor sales hurt Ford a lot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just got home from a 3500 mile round trip from Colorado to California and back. My '06 Ford Freestyle Ltd. (2wd)was wonderfull in all aspects. Handeled well in all sorts of traffic and horrid weather conditions. It got several comments from Californians who apparently hadn't even seen one before. And, driving at California freeway speeds I got 25 mpg overall with a very heavily and comfortably loaded vehicle. I have owned seven Volvos and bought this Ford because there are few Volvo dealers in Western Colorado. There's alot of good things from Volvo, like the dimmer switch, that I really like.

      Thomas C.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks to me from what i can see its going to look just like the 2008 Five Hundred but in my opinion what this thing needs to compete against the competition like Dodge Magnum is about a 5.7L V8 350HP 32V DOHC with that maybe Ford could win back some customers ...
      TheRavager
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Freestyle is easily one of the best family cars made today. It offers minivan-like versatility/capability but with better handling. It offers up 27 mpg on the interstate. Crash tests are phenomenal. The Freestyles sell themselves once you get somebody behind the wheel, they just have a good "feel" to them. There is only one thing this car does NOT do well and that is get noticed. They blend into to traffic so incredibly well that you don't notice how many are actually on the road.

      Comparing a Freestyle to a Magnum is ludicrous, two totally different vehicles. The Freestyle favors ergonomics, economy, interior size & flexibility, and ride while the Magnum is all about appearance and hp.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford's CVT [ZF] had 6:1 ratio spread, but could only work the old [no camshaft phaser] 3.0V6.
      Nissan's CVT [JATCO] can handle the 258ft-lbs that the VQ35 in the Altima can dish out, but only has a 5.4:1 ratio coverage.
      http://www.jatco.co.jp/ENGLISH/PRODUCTS/stepat.html

      JATCO didn't have any 6 speed automatics to offer until recently JF613E (mitsubishi outlander) So nissan was stuck using a close ratio Aisin-Warner 5 speed automatic with only 4.6:1 ratio coverage. JATCO still doesn't offer a 6 speed automatic for rear drive, their wide ratio 5 speed auto is only 4.6:1 up from 4.2:1
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know about else where but I see alot more Freestyles than Magnums around Michigan unless you count the Magnums sitting in the state fairgrounds lots or at Detroit Metro Airport.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have an AWD Freestyle and love it, with the exception of the smallish engine and lame CVT. The utility is awesome. My lease is up in August of 2008, and I'm thrilled to see the new engine/transmission combo. I only leased because of the weak engine and lack of trust in a CVT. If they put the B.A.M.R. in the Freestyle, I will definitely get another.
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