The headline for a recent review of the Ford Five Hundred in The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana simply reads "Ford relying on blah sedan." OK, when the auto critic for The Journal Gazette is nailing you for bland styling you're in trouble. I don't mean that to be a dig at Jason Stein the writer, but Fort Wayne isn't the most cutting edge of towns. People there might actually buy Five Hundreds in higher proportions than other towns across the country. That means Stein's criticism that the design does nothing to inspire heads to turn could carry weight to a big segment of potential buyers in America's heartland. Of course those might be the same people who don't want to drive something as gussied up as a Chrysler 300.


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