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  usnews.com: Auto reviews: Ford Freestyle (12/8/04)
Ford has incorporated lots of modern features into the Freestyle, such as headlights that go on and off automatically when it gets dark or light.
The Freestyle, however, has a third row of seats and an SUV-style liftgate instead of a conventional trunk, and is much more than a wagon version of the Five Hundred.
The Freestyle is not as cavernous as a minivan, but I'll bet lots of medium-size families will happily give up a bit of breathing room for a vehicle that looks decent in the driveway.
www.usnews.com /usnews/biztech/auto/review/ford_freestyle.htm   (743 words)

  Chron.com | Cars
Ford designers fall into different camps — some are traditional, some are bold, and there's a new breed who shows their stuff by going "Freestyle." These color-outside-the-segment designers are the brains behind the new-for-2006 Ford Freestyle crossover utility vehicle.
The Freestyle is a large car-based utility vehicle, sitting on a modified Volvo platform similar to that used with the Ford Five Hundred sedan and its Mercury Montego cousin.
Ford touts this seven-passenger crossover utility vehicle's seating flexibility, providing efficiency in toting passengers and cargo, so a bit of row-hopping is required to get a handle on what its brag is all about.
www.chron.com /class/cars/featuredvehicle/121405.html   (799 words)

 Ford Freestyle - Wikicars   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Ford Freestyle (code name D219) is a mid-size crossover SUV, introduced for the 2005 model year to compete with other mid-size crossover SUVs such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Murano and Hyundai Santa Fe.
The Freestyle, along with its sibling the Five Hundred and the Ford Escape Hybrid, are the first American Ford vehicles to use a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Ford was initially reported to be considering ceasing the production of the current D3-based Freestyle early, due to initially slow sales, and replacing it with the Mazda-engineered (CD3 platform) Ford Edge crossover utility.
wikicars.org /en/Ford_Freestyle   (533 words)

 Ford Freestyle is winning mix - Cars
Ford has provided a vehicle for people who want the convenience of a sport utility, the versatility of a minivan and the comfort of a sedan.
The Freestyle is quite a cargo-hauler, but it also has seating for up to seven passengers and provides the comfort of a premium sedan.
I was delighted to have the Freestyle for a week, since I was in the midst of moving boxes of “stuff” to storage.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art32493.asp   (735 words)

 Preview: 2005 Ford Freestyle, Five Hundred - MSN Autos
The all-new Freestyle crossover is an important vehicle for Ford, and according to the company it bridges the gap between a sport-utility vehicle and a sedan.
Ford describes the Freestyle as a vehicle that bridges the gap between SUV and sedan.
In the Freestyle torque was transferred to the rear axle after just one-eighth of a turn of the front wheels as they began to slip, and the Freestyle began to move uphill.
autos.msn.com /advice/article.aspx?contentid=4022674   (1779 words)

 Right Crossover: Ford Freestyle Combines Package, Powertrain and Price
The Ford Freestyle is an innovative, purpose-built crossover vehicle designed to change the automotive landscape with the right package, the right powertrain and the right price when it hits the market in the fall.
Freestyle is one of five new car and crossover products that will lead Ford showrooms into a dynamic 2005 model year as Ford dealers replace more than 60 percent of their total volume with fresh new vehicles by the end of 2004.
Freestyle is expected to attract buyers who seek sedan-like comfort, drivability and ease of entry and exit, but who need the people- and cargo-hauling capability of a minivan — matched with the security of all-wheel drive.
www.swedespeed.com /news/publish/Ford_News/printer_120.html   (2609 words)

 Ford Freestyle | Pricing Guides and research information available at CarsDirect.com
The Ford Freestyle is what has become known as a crossover vehicle.
The Freestyle combines space-conscious and people-friendly packaging with a modern powertrain that delivers performance and efficiency.
If you are considering a used Ford Freestyle, you'll find comprehensive research on CarsDirect, as well as a wide selection of listings from dealers and private sellers.
www.carsdirect.com /ford/freestyle   (422 words)

 Ford Freestyle: Explorer For a New Century - Automotive Articles .com Magazine
Ford Motor Company has definitely been a major benefactor of the SUV boom of the ‘90s, its Explorer the top-selling sport ‘ute for most of the decade.
This is why Ford has proclaimed this the “Year of the Car” (see our Five Hundred article for more), and this is why they are readying what seems to be a direct competitor to their own Explorer.
Ford claims that their crossover offers dozens of seating configurations to fit owners’ needs while offering the cargo space of a full-size SUV when the seats are folded.
www.automotivearticles.com /123/Ford_Freestyle_Explorer_For_a_New_Century.shtml   (1138 words)

 Media.Ford.com: FORD FREESTYLE
The Ford Freestyle, on display at the Shanghai International Motor Show, is an innovative, purpose-built crossover vehicle designed to change the automotive landscape with the right package, the right powertrain and the right price.
Freestyle's architecture is inspired from a Volvo design, with class-leading torsional rigidity and fully independent suspension to assure quick, responsive handling and a quiet ride.
Freestyle is available with Ford's innovative Safety Canopy™, an industry exclusive that offers head protection for all three rows of occupants in side impacts and rollovers.
media.ford.com /article_display.cfm?article_id=20683   (1102 words)

 Ford Freestyle
Assembled in the Chicago, Illinois plant the Freestyle uses the Ford D3 platform that is shared with the Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, as well as the Volvo XC90.
Ford names its passenger cars with names starting with the letter F, which means the company consider the Freestyle more of a passenger car than a truck, which typically means a more comfortable ride.
To help boost sales, Ford has given the Freestyle a makeover for the 2006 model, though many speculate the 2006 or 2007 model will be the last year for the Freestyle since Ford has two crossovers in their current lineup.
www.fordforum.com /models/freestyle   (261 words)

 Ford Freestyle - Taurus X - CarSpace Automotive Forums
However, one of the persistent annoyances of it was the way the gas seemed to nearly evaporate from the top 4 gallons of the tank.
Regarding the gas gauge behavior, mine does that too and it is annoying but you just have to tell yourself it is a gauge issue and your car isn't really burning MORE gas during the first 50 miles.
It had to be the fault of Ford's engineers and designer's without a doubt...
townhall-talk.edmunds.com /direct/view/.ef0921d   (1038 words)

 2005 Ford Freestyle - Review - Automobile Magazine
The Freestyle is the most important derivative of the vehicle architecture Ford has borrowed from Volvo, a carlike crossover sport-ute that arrives just in time to pick up the sales slack as truck-based SUVs seem ever more clumsy and old-fashioned.
The Freestyle is also a great cargo device, as there's a surprising 22 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third seat (most three-row sport-utes are surprising in a bad way), and the front passenger seat folds flat to afford even more room.
As in the Ford Five Hundred and the Mercury Montego, there are side air bags and canopy-type head protection bags (although it's unforgivable that both are packaged as options instead of standard equipment).
www.automobilemag.com /reviews/wagons/0410_ford_freestyle   (439 words)

 Ford Racing: Team Ford Racing News
The all-new pony car, along with the all-new Ford Five Hundred flagship sedan and flexible all-wheel-drive Ford Freestyle, were also on display and will serve as official Year of the Car feature vehicles during the Championship Weekend when NASCAR series fans descend on the state of Florida.
Freestyle is an all-new vehicle that bridges the gap between SUVs and traditional passenger cars by combining SUV design cues and available all-wheel drive with car-like ride and handling.
Freestyle shares many of the same pioneering technologies as the Ford Five Hundred, including its fuel-saving and performance-enhancing CVT, powerful but clean V-6 engine and advanced Volvo-inspired safety features, including an available Safety Canopy air curtain system that protects all three rows in side-impact collisions and rollovers.
www.fordracing.com /news/?article=25845&flashcheck=1   (1399 words)

 2005 Ford Freestyle Road Test Review - Road & Travel Magazine
And Ford can be forgiven for implying there's the same kind of ruggedness it prides its "no boundaries" off-roaders for having.
Freestyle is the vehicle from Ford that was a long time coming in the booming crossover category,the latest must-have for any serious vehicle manufacturer.
Ford's version is sandwiched comfortably between the smaller, more rugged Escape and larger, Explorer, with an eye obviously cast on achieving the same kind of mass popularity of both with a welcomed vehicle that's been missing from the lineup.
www.roadandtravel.com /roadtests/reviews/2005roadtests/newcarreviews/fordfreestyle.htm   (530 words)

 Ford Freestyle - Previews - Car and Driver October 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ford execs say Volvo provided "design inspiration," which means the optional all-wheel-drive system, which is shipped directly from Sweden, is the only common part worth talking about.
Ford engineers fed the Volvo blueprint into their computers and digitally pulled, pushed, bent, stretched, and noodled until it produced the vehicle they wanted, with more space for people and cargo at less cost.
Ford wanted drivers as short as five feet to comfortably slide sideways behind the wheel, so the Freestyle fairly sucks the pavement relative to other utes.
www.caranddriver.com /article.asp?section_id=19&article_id=8523   (580 words)

 Auto Reviews | 2005 Ford Freestyle
In fact, Ford may be ahead of the curve in terms of providing baby boomers, who will begin to turn 60 in a couple of years, with the perfect ride.
The Freestyle, which is derived from the same Volvo front-wheel-drive platform that underpins the V70 wagon, bridges the gap between cars and sport utility vehicles, and seems like a perfect post-millennial vehicle.
Ford safety engineers say such a system softens the blow to a small female in a crash and has the potential to minimize chest injuries.
info.detnews.com /autosconsumer/autoreviews/index.cfm?id=16202   (1236 words)

 2005 Ford Freestyle AWD SEL Review
For the Freestyle is built on the same platform as the Five Hundred and so could logically be thought of as the Five Hundred wagon, but the two cars use no common sheetmetal.
The Freestyle's styling cues are unmistakably Ford SUV, but even a few minutes behind the wheel reveals it to most definitely not be any sort of truck.
The Freestyle is a moderately uplevel vehicle, and even the SE is well-equipped, with antilock brakes, traction control, 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, a power driver's seat, and many other often-optional features standard equipment.
www.theautochannel.com /news/2005/02/22/000751.html   (1366 words)

 2005 Ford Freestyle Review | AutoSite New Car Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ford’s choice of a CVT speaks loudly when it comes to the priorities of this car: Think smooth, gliding power delivery combined with the kind of ride that will spill nary a drop of Café Americano onto the center console.
Designed to be as efficient as possible, the Ford Freestyle should meet California Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) II standards, which calls for 55 percent less smog-forming pollutants than California Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) rules, while achieving 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Every Freestyle is equipped with height-adjustable lap and shoulder belts for front outboard seating positions, three-point safety belts for all seating positions and a safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger.
www.aicautosite.com /Reviews/2005-ford-freestyle.asp   (1513 words)

 The Official PhilLongDenver.com eNewsletter: 2005 Ford Freestyle
Ford says, the Freestyle will eventually be seen as the standard bearer for crossovers everywhere.
Freestyle is part wagon, with its seven-seat interior, part technical marvel, with an unconventional continuously variable transmission, and part SUV with clean SUV-esque lines.
Ford says its CVT has the same multi-link belt that Audi uses in its CVTs, where it's also used with a high-torque V-6 engine.
www.thenewsflashcorporation.net /phillongford/e_article000312651.cfm?x=b11,0,w   (806 words)

 Ford Freestyle Parts - Ford Freestyle Accessories - Partstrain.com
In Ford’s array of vehicles, the Ford Freestyle replaced the Ford Taurus station wagon, and presently fits between the compact Ford Escape and the mid-size Ford Explorer.
The Ford Freestyle is the perfect SUV for aficionados who really wanted to drive a versatile vehicle.
The Ford Freestyle, together with its siblings (the Ford Five Hundred and the Ford Escape Hybrid) are the first American Ford automobiles to make use of continuously variable transmission of CVT - delivering car-like fuel economy and great ride and handling.
www.partstrain.com /ShopByVehicle/FORD/FREESTYLE   (397 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on 2005 Ford Freestyle AWD at Epinions.com
Ford has been on the ropes for the last few years, and seemed to lack the imagination to create innovative enough products to turn things around.
The Ford Freestyle is as conservatively styled as the Five Hundred, but is overall a much more successful design.
Like the Five Hundred, the Freestyle succeeds in looking smaller than it is. It’s pretty close in size to Chrysler’s Pacifica—or an extended length minivan, for that matter—but you’d never guess by looking at it.
www.epinions.com /content_157001027204   (2461 words)

 Test Drive: Ford Freestyle | wkyc.com
Not a station wagon, Ford says, the freestyle is a bridge between a sedan and a sport utility.
The Freestyle is one of three Ford cars that are powered by the Duratec 30, keeping 800 workers busy in Brook Park.
“Ford has an active system and that means as soon as we see slip of the front tires, we actually pump fluid to energize the rear differential,” said Vehicle Engineering Manager Ray Nicosia.
www.wkyc.com /news/news_fullstory.asp?id=23952   (363 words)

 2005 Ford Freestyle Review | AutoSite Car Previews   (Site not responding. Last check: )
But don't think that labeling the Freestyle a wagon is some kind of slam, because this appears to be one handy utility vehicle that doesn't give up comfort, ride or handling to accommodate those weekend trips to Home Depot.
Where the 2005 Ford Freestyle excels is passenger comfort and cargo carrying utility.
All 2005 Ford Freestyles will be equipped with power windows, power door locks, keyless entry, power windows, air conditioning, tilt steering, cruise control, a CD player, floor mats, privacy glass and alloy wheels.
www.aicautosite.com /Previews/2005-ford-freestyle.asp   (893 words)

 Ford: Ford Freestyle   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In Freestyle, the H-points are closer to the ground to ease ingress and egress.
Because adults and children both can be expected to use the Freestyle's third-row seats, engineers employed test dummies representing a 6-year-old child, a small adult female and a 95th-percentile male to confirm appropriate protection for all size occupants.
Freestyle joins an already formidable lineup that includes the Explorer, Expedition and Excursion sport utilities - plus Freestar minivan - reinforcing Ford's industry-leadership position in six- and seven-passenger vehicles.
www.autointell.net /nao_companies/ford/ford_cars/ford-freestyle-04/ford-freestyle-04.htm   (2124 words)

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