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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 591 Ratings for the 2005 - 2007 models.

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

Great car - higly recommended

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great pick up, reliable"

Cons: "None for me !"

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

"Have had this car for 8 yrs...love it! Totally reliable, virtually maintenance free (other than normal maintenance) comfortable and has great pick up. This was a great purchase for me."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Most comfortable driving car ever owned

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable driving position"

Cons: "Has reliability issues"

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

"Purchased this car in 2007 because of ease of entrance and exit. My wife has mobility issues and this vehicle required neither climbing (SUV) or lowering (most all Sedans). Setting and driving position are ideally suited to my 6' frame which greatly reduces fatigue over long distances. While Ford still makes this car as a Taraus, it has been reduced in overall size and now has no comparasion to the original 500. I would purchase a new model of this car as it occurred in 2005!"

I love this car

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "everything you could want, MPG good,smooth ride"

Cons: "Transmission needs replacing @ 93,000 mi"

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

"This is one of the nicest cars I have owned including 2 I purched new. My 2007 Ford 500 was 5 years old when I purchased it 3 years ago and has driven flawlessly for the entire time. Comfort is awesome with a strong emphasis on features not often found in vehicles in higher price ranges. Although there is no negative effect yet, there is a whirring noise that has been identified as trouble with the transmission. Since it is a CVT, I've been told that replacing it is the only way to go. It will come with a full 3 year warranty (if it is a Ford product and done by the dealer) but will cost more than the KBB value. Is it true that putting a new major component into a vehicle hastens the failure of others that are working fine now? When does love outweigh sensibility? I haven't gone anywhere but the dealer but I will before making my decision. Any feedback?"

This is a forgotten gem.

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

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: "Lots of room, enough power and mpgs."

Cons: "Mud flaps on front do not like speed bumps."

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

"With Ford only making the Five Hundred for three years, this car is quickly becoming forgotten. I recently purchased my 2006 and with only 73000 miles. The car runs like a top and gets well over 21 mpg in the city. Closer to 24 or 25. On the highway, 29-30 mpg. Seats are very comfortable and you can actually see the speedometer while driving. This 6 cylinder, 6 speed setup was extremely popular with the Fusion owners. One owner I recently talked to prefers his 2006 over his new 2015 model. These vehicles are easily making it to 200000 miles with only routine maintenance issues. Some have had some A/C problems but I have not any. This car has some getup and go and can also relax and sip fuel. I find it easy to get in and out of and enjoy driving it. If you find this car listed at the KBB price, all I can say is that I highly recommend you buy it. I don't think you will be disappointed."

Great car

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun enjoyable ride"

Cons: "A/C system"

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

"I recently purchased this vehicle and fell in love with it. Overall this is an excellent car with both great reliability, comfort and features. I would buy another one. The only draw back is that Ford came out with (in that year frame) a cheap way for the A/C. They used Teflon for coating the parts so when your A/C goes it is called "BLACK DEATH" which means a black powder forms up in your A/C lines so that when your compressor goes you have to change all the lines also. Mine went out with 108000 miles on it and it cost me $1800 to fix it. Works great now, expected with a car that old for something to go wrong."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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."

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