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2007 Ford Five Hundred

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2007 Ford Five Hundred Review

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Ford's full-size Five Hundred has not been the hit for which the company had hoped. Despite its roomy interior, cavernous trunk and frugal V6 engine, consumers apparently are not impressed by the car's bland styling and lackluster performance. That's a shame, because compared to the aging Crown Victoria, a car whose sales are still going strong, the Five Hundred offers more passenger space, a better chassis, better safety ratings and the option of all-wheel drive. Although Americans appear unwilling to give up on their beloved V8 engines (note the success of the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300), should gas prices continue to climb, the Five Hundred may yet find a larger audience.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're older or less agile than the average driver or passenger, you'll appreciate the Five Hundred's high-mounted seats, which permit exceptionally easy entry and exit. All-wheel drive is a plus not offered by many in this field.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you yearn for expressive styling, the Five Hundred's conservative countenance might not thrill your synapses. Some drivers may have trouble getting used to the continuously variable transmission (CVT) fitted with the all-wheel drive system because its smooth and linear power delivery negates the familiar kick felt when changing gears.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Five Hundred lineup has been reduced to two trim levels: SEL and Limited. Side-impact airbags and head-curtain airbags are standard on all models, while the front-wheel-drive models receive a six-speed automatic transmission. New options for the SEL trim include navigation, heated seats and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Driving the Five Hundred

Driving Impressions Despite allegations of tepid CVT acceleration, a Five Hundred so equipped takes off energetically enough to satisfy most drivers and does so with gratifying smoothness. Engine blare can be heard,...

but moderately and briefly. Passing and merging response is quick and effortless. Only occasionally might you wish for a lower gear when tromping the gas. The suspension reacts promptly, yielding an easygoing, controlled ride with few unpleasant surprises—even when the pavement starts to deteriorate. Easy to drive, this sedan maneuvers quite handily—more like a smaller car. And while handling is on the ordinary side, the car is far from cumbersome.

CVT
Nothing makes the Five Hundred stand farther apart from the crowd than the Continuously Variable Transmission, which is available in only a few other vehicles and operates with a smooth flow of power.

High Seats
Few automobiles make it so effortless to slip inside. Before you know it, you're comfortably seated behind the wheel and ready for an easy drive.

2007 Ford Five Hundred Details
2007 Ford Five Hundred photo Interior

Not only is the Five Hundred a breeze to enter, it's a pleasurable place to be seated. Spacious and attractive, the interior delivers comfortable front seats, sensibly laid-out controls, helpful storage areas and a low cowl for wide-open views of the road ahead. Abundant glass and good-sized mirrors also help visibility. Gauges are small but easy to read, but the automatic temperature control doesn't always follow the driver's wishes for appropriate heat. Backseat riders enjoy far more legroom than most sedans can provide, though headroom and comfort shrink sharply in the center position. The easy-loading trunk holds plenty of luggage, too.

Exterior
2007 Ford Five Hundred photo

Shunning flashiness, Ford designers made little attempt to conceal the Five Hundred's identity. From its straightforward wire-fence grille to its big tail lights, this sedan exudes common sense. Enthusiasts might brand the design uninspiring, but such caustic comments aren't likely to sway the likeliest prospects for an amply-sized sedan. So many automakers have opted for sensuous shapes even on their most practical vehicles that it's refreshing to see a sedan that flaunts clean lines and looks like what it's intended to be. Inside and out, the Five Hundred and its Mercury Montego mate aim toward comfort, driving ease and unfettered visibility.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The front-wheel-drive Five Hundred SEL includes a six-speed automatic transmission, front side-impact and head-curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), six-way power driver's seat, two-way power passenger's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, fold-flat front passenger seat, cruise control, tilt wheel with redundant audio controls, AM/FM stereo with CD player and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Limited trim adds 18-inch wheels, heated chrome exterior mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded audio with subwoofer and six-disc CD changer, heated leather seats, eight-way power driver's and four-way power passenger's seat with memory function for driver's seat and exterior mirrors.

Optional Equipment

All-wheel drive is available on both the SEL and Limited trims. Other popular options include a rear-obstacle detection system, power-adjustable pedals, rear-seat DVD entertainment package, power moonroof, heated leather seats, DVD navigation, upgraded audio with SIRIUS Satellite Radio, fog lamps and traction control.

Under the Hood

The Five Hundred's V6 provides good acceleration and impressive fuel economy. Low-end torque is sufficient for off-the-line sprints, but seems in short supply when it comes to performing high-speed passing maneuvers. The engine is fairly quiet until the throttle is pushed wide open, at which point it can sound like a blender at full tilt. In fairness, although not as refined or quiet as the V6 engines from Honda or Toyota, the Five Hundred's Duratec V6 is significantly improved over its former iteration.

3.0-liter V6
203 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 (FWD), 19/25 (AWD)

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2007 Ford Five Hundred Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 583 Ratings for the 2005 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

thie car is yhe best ive ever owned

By on Sunday, April 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "its spacious and handles great"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"what can i say im very happy with this car people tell me thyat it looks and runs like a newer car it drives and handles very good."

Overall best car I've owned.

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 197,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Low overall cost per mile, plenty of space"

Cons: "Underdesigned valve in tranny, low tech level"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned around twelve cars so far. I've had faster cars, better handling cars, more fun cars, better looking cars, and more comfortable cars. But, overall this car has had good enough handling, acceleration, braking, space, comfort, reliability, and gas mileage to win in a comparison. It does well in snow and hasn't left me stranded yet. I paid $12K and have put 130K miles on it and it still has some value. It hasn't stranded me yet although I have put a few grand in for repairs (transmission issue and A/C were two non-wear items that needed major repairs."

Comfortable and trustworthy. Rated very safe!

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Large, comfortable, safe, no breakdowns!"

Cons: "Transmission expensive to repair!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had 2006 Ford 500 since day one and it performs as I wanted this big comfortable sedan! Ford doesn't seem to want to sell the Taurus anymore??"

2005 FORD 500 MONEY PIT!!

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable ride and good gas mileage"

Cons: "Underpowered, unreliable,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Purchased new November 2004, transmission failed at 38000 miles. Spent over $9000 in repairs over normal maintenance costs. Air conditioner replaced twice. Heated seats failed at 2500 miles, radio quit at about 4000. The factory contributed about $7000 towards some of the additional repairs for a total of approximately $16000 on repairs prior to having 80000 miles. Throttle body, 2 catalytic converters, power steering pump.Heated seats and cd quit after warranty expired. Factory replaced front wheel bearings, struts, and brake rotors. I had to replace bearings again!Idler pulley replaced twice. Not enough space to list everything that went wrong as soon as the warranty expired even though Ford helped with some of the problems."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

clean car..best gas mileage

By on Sunday, March 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great gas mileage"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"1 rock ding on windshield. Drivers seat has cracks in leather. Clean carpet, back seats clean, headliner perfect, all windows tinted. Brand new tires, new brakes and rotors, body better than good condition, had rear bumper replaced due to being backed into in parking lot."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

The best car I have owned in 40+ years of driving

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid feel, reliable and trouble free, comfortable"

Cons: "Noisy engine and marginal fuel economy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I used to always buy new cars, but I made an exception when I was in the market and found this every-option Five Hundred Limited with All Wheel Drive. I am now at 133K miles, and yet it has required nothing beyond routine service, tires and 2 batteries - I've never had a car before, even with my level of care, provide that level of reliability over so many miles. The AWD makes a world of difference in performance - possibly due to the CVT (which was phased out when the more powerful 3.5L engine came along). Handling is great, the ride is tight but the suspension really soaks up the bumps - not a "floaty" ride at all. At the 10 year point, the ride is not as quiet as it once was due to more road noise coming through as well as some wind noise at highway speeds. I can accept that given it's age. A plus is that even here in the rust belt, the car is rust free. Down side is engine noise and poor fuel economy on the AWD versions. I get 24 MPG max on the highway and typically 18 average city / highway commute. Keep in mind this is a 4000 pound true full size car."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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