If you have a large family and owning a full-size SUV holds no appeal, the next best method for getting them to and fro is the venerable minivan. Though it probably won't garner many admiring glances or flashing thumbs-up, Ford's Freestar is more than competent at carrying large numbers of passengers and/or vast amounts of cargo. The Freestar offers a roomy and highly versatile interior, has a good safety and crash-test record and features a long list of optional equipment demanded by today's multi-media-savvy families. What the Freestar lacks is class-leading horsepower (though its torque ratings are excellent), the option of an extended body, all-wheel-drive and a strong resale value.
By AW on Monday, January 26, 2009
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"We bought the Freestar new. It came with a DVD player, and CD. We've had it serviced at regula intervals, usually just routine stuff - oil, filter etc. It is now 5 years old, and still going well. The most expensive thing we've had to pay for was new tires, which is only to be expected. I like the rear seat that can be folded to face rearwards. It has a strong motor (4.2L) that has surprised me (and a few others at lights !!) The only criticism I can think of is that it was a "newly" launched minivan, but bears a very strong resemblance and shares many parts with the Windstar. There's good and bad with that. But why re-name and re-launch a vehicle that is essentially the same in & out? I would get another Ford minvan, and recommend this one too. Poor ratings on this seem unjustified to me. My advice - if you buy any new car and have it serviced on a regular basis - it will last and pay for itself over time."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Miadesta on Monday, September 17, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable to drive and lots of leg room"
Cons: "Better middle console for holding things"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is my 3rd mini-van so far. I love the stow away 3rd row seating and although the automatic door was a nice feature on my last van, I opted to not get that this time since it seemed like it caused more issues. I like that the passengers side has more room to get in and out of the third row and that the middle seat slides forward/back and also the seat leans forward to give someone int he back more room to get in and out."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Jeff on Monday, March 09, 2009
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"I love this minivan. I have owned it for 4 years and purchased it new because it was much less expensive than the Odyssey or Sienna. Only maintenance has been regular oil changes, a new battery this year and new tires. It is an excellent trip vehicle and comfortable for my 6'2" frame."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful