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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.
Favorite Features

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 548 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

best car I ever owned

By on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "everything but the rather plain looking body"

Cons: "I paid too much, but that was my fault."

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

"I have owned this car 9 1/2 years. I Followed maintenance schedule and have gone over 100K miles without a hiccup. Starts every time I turn the key. (hope I didn't just jinx it) Needed one set of tires and one pair of brake pads. 2 recalls were fixed right away with no hassle."

8 years and never an issue, great car

By on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

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: "Roomy, reliable, drives smooth,"

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

"I bought a 2007 Ford 500 brand new and drove it for 106000 miles without an issue. Great car for the money, looks good and drives really well. You can't beat the car for the price."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Ford really got this one right. I own the 2005 SEL

By on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Plenty of Head and Leg Room For All"

Cons: "No Cigarette Lighter , or ash tray"

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

"The Front Wheel Drive Was The Difference. I understand the all wheel drive Five Hundreds Trannys were bad. I followed the regular schedule for maintenance. Rotated tires every other oil change. My first set of tires lasted 73,000 miles. Those were factory tires. I insisted my Tech order my Factory again and they still look great. I hope my Ford Five Hundred Lasts Forever."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

not the best on gas milage

By on Friday, February 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good roomy car to ride in"

Cons: "don't like the transmission, 5 speed auto,/w overd"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"this car must have had a problem with front supension, have had to repair strut bearings twice and are sounding like they need to be replace again. this doesn't help with steering, likes to wander"

This is the best car I have ever purchased

By on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

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: "Excellent reliabilty!!!"

Cons: "non"

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

"This car is by far and wide the best car purchase I have made in 35+ years of driving. Incredibly reliable I just wish Ford would have continued making them.:0"

Great Used Car Find - Roomy, Quiet & Good MPG

By on Monday, February 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,750

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Size-Comfort & MPG - Quite a Rare Combo"

Cons: "Exterior Styling is Dull - Mild Performance"

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

Exterior View, Black on Black Limited Model

"Picked up a used 2005 Ford 500 Limited last week w/only 32k miles on it, a few days into driving it & very impressed. Car is very roomy, comfortable & quiet and gets 27-28mpg so far (80% highway miles), @ speeds up to 75mph +/- with some city driving. Engine/Tranny combo of 3.0-24V-V6 & 6speed tranny work well together (particularly for MPG), but this is not a sports car, acceleration is acceptable, but no stop light racing here. Very nicely equipped, exterior styling is a little dull but that would be my only criticism. Can't speak to reliability yet, but hoping it's a good car as I'm looking forward to some good years of driving it ahead."

Exterior View, Black on Black Limited Model

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