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2007 Ford Freestyle

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2007 Ford Freestyle Review

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While the Freestyle may have gotten off to a slow start, current events have placed Ford's newest family hauler squarely on center stage. Sharp upswings in both the cost of fuel and interest rates have pushed the full-sized Sport Utility Vehicle off many families' shopping lists, yet their needs to haul loads of kids and cargo are still of paramount importance. The Freestyle, with its Volvo-derived platform, seven-passenger seating, strong safety rating and fuel-efficient V6, is the perfect solution. It's easy to drive, easy to park, more stylish than a minivan and available with such features as a rear-seat DVD entertainment center and Audiophile sound system. Entry-level models are nicely-equipped and priced within reach of most budgets, while buyers with a bit more cash flow will have a long list of features from which to choose.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your principle concern is outward visibility, the Freestyle's higher seats not only make it easy to enter, but also help open up the view of the road. The availability of an all-wheel drive version gives shoppers who often drive on wet or slippery surfaces an additional dose of confidence.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a true SUV with serious off-road driving capabilities, you will be disappointed by the Freestyle; its capabilities are best suited for the highway and around town.

What's Significant About This Car?

Front side-impact airbags and Safety Canopy head-curtain airbags are added to the standard equipment list, though not until later in the 2007 model run. The Limited trim now wears 18-inch wheels and tires and two new exterior colors are added to the Freestyle's pallet.

Driving the Freestyle

Driving Impressions Occupants enjoy a comfortable highway ride from the Freestyle's relatively taut suspension, though the ride becomes less pleasant on bumpier roads. Deeper potholes will definitely be noticed. Entry and exit...

is exceptionally easy—the tall seats are sheer pleasure for less-agile occupants and the view ahead is virtually unimpaired. Operation of the continuously variable transmission is flawless. Acceleration is more than adequate, and the Freestyle is ready to pass or merge without hesitation. It's an easy vehicle to drive, feeling very car-like and with only a little noise intruding into the cabin.

Continuously Variable Transmission Coupled with All-Wheel Drive
Early Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT) drew criticism for their performance, but the Freestyle unit impressed us. The all-wheel drive system is so transparent that you won't know it's there, but it stands ready to help whenever you encounter a slick surface.

Reverse Sensing System
Helpful rather than intrusive, Ford's optional parking assistance system emits mild-toned beeps when you get too close to the vehicle behind. Even lifelong city drivers, accustomed to parallel parking every day, are likely to welcome this supplementary guidance.

2007 Ford Freestyle Details
2007 Ford Freestyle photo Interior

Six passengers have plenty of elbow room inside the Freestyle, even when all three rows of seats are in use. The upright seating position is similar to what's found in a full-fledged SUV, but the low step-in height is more akin to a minivan. Seats fold flat in the rear rows, though not all the way into the floor. The front passenger seat can also be folded flat. Second-row leg space is bountiful, but getting into the third row takes maneuvering skills. The Freestyle can seat seven with the optional second-row bench, which replaces the standard bucket seats.

Exterior
2007 Ford Freestyle photo

Designed specifically to capture the SUV attributes of cargo space and ride height, the Freestyle offers a squared-off exterior. In a bow to a more "grown-up" car-buying public, the Freestyle exhibits a high, upright profile, which translates to plenty of headroom. Some people will appreciate the clean, simple lines of the exterior profile, especially because it delivers interior roominess, but others may find it a bit plain. With its flared wheel arches and high beltline, the Freestyle is almost SUV-like in appearance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Freestyle SEL includes Ford's continuously variable transmission (CVT), 17-inch aluminum wheels, keyless entry, alarm, front air conditioning, power mirrors, six-way power driver's seat, tilt steering column, anti-lock brakes (ABS), a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary radio controls and an AM/FM/CD audio system. Stepping up to the Limited edition brings dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, body-colored cladding and side mirrors, leather upholstery with heated front seats, a power passenger seat, second-row fore/aft adjustable seating, Audiophile sound system with subwoofer and a six-disc CD changer.

Optional Equipment

Since the Freestyle's standard-equipment list is abundant, the selection of options is relatively modest. Both rear park assist and a power moonroof are available for both the SEL and Limited, leather upholstery may be installed in the SEL model and the Limited can have power-adjustable pedals with a memory feature.. A split-folding three-passenger seat for the second row expands capacity to seven occupants. High-tech options include a backseat DVD entertainment system and GPS navigation. A major option for both SEL and Limited models is a head-curtain airbag system, which covers all three rows of seating.

Under the Hood

Though its numbers don't look impressive on paper, the Freestyle actually performs quite well. Its CVT transmission makes the most of the engine's low-end torque, providing the quick starts needed for passing or crossing busy intersections. On the other hand, Ford's 3.0-liter V6 is far from quiet, especially at full throttle. Unlike with a V8-powered SUV, you will feel a big difference in performance when driving the Freestyle fully loaded with gear and passengers—a disadvantage of the somewhat smaller V6 engine.

3.0-liter V6
203 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (FWD), 19/24 (AWD)

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2007 Ford Freestyle Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 555 Ratings for the 2005 - 2007 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Transmission

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,803

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice family car. Great in snow with awd."

Cons: "transmission cost"

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

"Very sad about this car. The transmission needs replaced at 130000 a cost of $6000! It has a special transmission called CVT and is VERY expensive to replace. I was expecting to drive the car another 5 years. Now the shock is not the transmission died at 130000, that is ok, but I expected a replacement cost around 2000. My mechanic said if if was any other car the cost would have been only 2000 vs 6000. I you buy this car get warranty, I had one but it expired 6 months before transmission died."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Car has been great to us.

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful design, still looks in style."

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

"we bought this car new from dealer, and it's been great. We've moved to the mountains so we need a awd vehicle for the mountains. We have driven this car from here to Georgia many times and are extremely pleased with the mileage we get. (25 to 28) on the highway which is fabulous for a sedan that seats 6 persons."

2 people out of 10 found this review helpful

GREAT CAR AND VALUE FOR THE PRICE!

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "gas mileage and seating setup"

Cons: "not really.."

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

"We have driven this car on so many trips and never had an issue. At 114000 we just had to replace the original battery! Love the quad bucket seating and the style and design. This has truly been the best family vehicle we have purchased (owned 2 dodge grand caravans prior to). If Ford still made them, we would probably purchase another one. No complaints at all. We still get great gas mileage and travels well. Best bang for our buck!"

11 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Very reliable.

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable and cheap to buy."

Cons: "Resale value"

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

"I have owned this car for 8yrs now and It has never been in the shop. I have made a few small repairs myself, but never nothing major. It will haul anything with all the seats down. Not the best on gas, but did I mention it is reliable and easy to repair if you get on myfordfreestyle.com. I plan on keeping this thing untill it dies. If you buy one make sure the CVT transmission has been properly serviced before you buy it."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

great car hate to trade Its roomy and rides smooth

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "awesome family car"

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

"I wasn"t sure if I would like it at first but after driving it found it to be a great car. could take people and everyone had room to move and plenty of storage in back. Only thing I would change is the third seat is a little hard to access. once there very confortable. Not bad on gas milage. with good winter tires it is awesome on traction , better than some trucks in the snow. never left me stranded"

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love the features & ride!

By on Thursday, March 26, 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: "Fully Loaded, Good Gas Mileage, DVD Player"

Cons: "None"

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

"I'm a big Ford fan but have never owned a car in my life, always have been Ford Trucks or SUV's. I bought this car for gas mileage. I must say, I love this car. It's got AWD which is perfect for the snow and drives like a gem. I love the heated leather seats and interior. My kids love the DVD system (which I do as well, keeps them quiet on long rides). I bought it used with under 90,000 miles and have had only one issue with it. But it was a wear out issue, nothing major (Brakes). I've got the Limited Addition and have absolutely no complaints. I was trying to decide between this vehicle and the Ford Escape. And as I said before I'm a Ford fan but I just didn't like the drive of the Escape or the interior and I couldn't afford an Edge (which was my first choice). I initially didn't even want the Freestyle because it was a car but after driving it and putting on almost 40,000 miles I'm VERY happy I bought this car!"

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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