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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.

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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 558 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
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Great Family Car

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great winter driving, great for family"

Cons: "subframe may rust out"

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

"We have 3 kids and have owned this car for 10 years. It has been a champ in the snow and has served this family well. The subframe rusted out on the car, we replaced it for $1100. Hopefully Ford will step up and recall the subframe like the Windstar."

Have enjoyed this vehicle for almost 10 years

By on Friday, December 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Safe, comfortable reliable vehicle"

Cons: "Costly update of navigation"

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

"I purchased this vehicle new, I got the limited with tan leather interior and black exterior. I also got the extended warranty. Initially I had some computer issues but these were all fixed quickly and effectively and I never had another issue. The warranty covered EVERYTHING. We own a number of properties and this vehicle has gotten us to all of them safely and comfortably. I keep my cars garaged and well maintained. We had the transmission problem recently and fixed it out of pocket other than that I have never had an issue, we are going on 10 years. I got 0% financing (I never use my own money when possible). I hate that the heated seat shuts off after 10 minutes and if that is my largest complaint it is pretty minor. I love the 7 passenger seating and when our children or grand children ride with us they love the built in DVD and headphones. Next time it will be a Lincoln because after this experience I will buy their luxury line."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great family car.

By on Monday, November 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Plenty of room, 3.0 is bullet proof"

Cons: "Underpowered"

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

"Great running car, plenty of room! A little underpowered but i'll live with it because the ford 3.0 has given me absolutly no problems! The front wheel bearings have gone out but it seems to be a common problem and they are easy to replace. Te Volvo AWD system works great in the snow and in the rain."

12 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Thursday, October 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 181,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Got the 2006 AWD model as a certified preowned back in 2008. It had 12,000 miles on it, and we got a great deal from our dealership. I've been the primary driver on the vehicle since then, and have had very few issues. Aside from routine maintenance on the tires, oil, and brakes, there have been minimal issues. I needed to replace the alternator at around 110,000 miles, and the rubber piece on the engine mount needed replacing at around 150,000 miles. I also had to replace part of my exhaust at about 170,000 miles due to general rust, but living in New England, that's no surprise. The gas mileage is really good for the size of the vehicle, and it handles beautifully in poor weather. It has reliably made many trips along the East Coast, as far south as the Carolinas and as far north as Ottowa. I recently broke 180,000 miles, and the engine and transmission are still going strong! The only thing that I wish the car had is an AUX input on the radio, but for everything else I've got with this car, I really can't complain! It's a reliable, sturdy vehicle, and I would buy another in a heartbeat!"

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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."

25 people out of 26 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."

6 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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