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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 544 Ratings for the 2005 - 2007 models.

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

The quality of this vehicle is horrible.

By on Thursday, December 04, 2014

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

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
1/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

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

"After 50k miles this vehicle drives like a truck. Even with regular scheduled maintenance it required extra replacing and fixing of some sort. When the transmission went out, it was a great chore to find a mechanic trained to replace it. I have nothing good to say because now the engine is kaput. We decided to stick to Honda's and Toyota's for future reliability."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Good roomy comfortable

By on Saturday, November 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "roomy,comfy,good on gas"

Cons: "not cheap to repair"

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

"My Freestyle has 220000 miles and is my everyday driver,It is roomy and very comfortable, I love it I put on 22" rims and tires and it seems to have a better ride, The only problem im having is I have to let it warm up before I drive it, if not the check transmission light comes on. but after it warms up (about 10 minutes) it is fine."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Disappointed

By on Wednesday, November 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140

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
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "great ride"

Cons: "transmistion"

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

"Needed to replace the transmission at 70,000. Why? No one would do it. New one cost $6000. Ford owes me."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

great car until the transmission went out

By on Monday, October 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "style, room, comfort"

Cons: "transmission is junk and irrepairable"

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

"I loved this car until one day it wouldn't start leaving me stranded. Found out there are issues with the transmission and a new one is $6000 and no one will rebuild them. So, I had to have it hauled to a salvage yard,receiving nothing for a 2006 car that should have had a few thousand dollars worth. Am very unhappy with Ford and hope to be part of a class action suit. If you have a 2006 Ford, I would get rid of it."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Good enough

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014

I don't own this car

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Good size, ride and gas mileage"

Cons: "Don't like Ford corp, too many problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Wifes car, 3.0 V6 w/CVT transmission. Good gas mileage, good driving characteristics, extra room when needed and not a big MPG penalty when its just one or two people. Now for the bad, brake calipers w/mounting brackets, rotors, pads had to replace them to cure that awful crinking noise. I do my own work so it was not that expensive but still the problem went back to Ford twice over 30k miles until the warranty expired, they never fixed it. The middle row seats stick, WD40 spray lube helped but still happens occasionally. Third row seat is uncomfortable and too high, ok for small kids only. Engine torque mount had to be replaced to stop the engine from rotating on hard acceleration or deceleration, $250 part, I did the work. The front engine seal, Ford wanted $2000 to replace valve cover gaskets, timing chain cover gasket, oil pan gasket and front oil seal, my wife called me at work to explaining how she brought it in for an oil change but they found a large oil leak, she said the service manager was going to all the people waiting for other work and telling they found some other urgent problem, I talked to the service manager told him to stop what they were doing and give back the car, do not pass go. Took it to a independent shop, under $100 to replace the front seal and cure the oil leak. The roof pillar and left mirror blocks the view of the road and oncoming traffic from your left, you must always lean forward or back before leaving the stop sign to make sure someone is not coming. If you buy a Ford, find a reliable shop that charges reasonable labor rates. Our Freestyle has been more reliable than the two other Fords we owned but probably won't buy another."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

This is the worst vehicle I have ever owned

By on Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
1/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
1/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

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

"Transmission went out at 100,000 miles. Spent $5k to replace transmission and went out again after 3 years and 40K miles."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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