Ford Freestyle

Ford Freestyle

The Ford Freestyle had a four year production run, beginning in 2004 debuting with the 2005 model, before experiencing a name change to the Ford Taurus X in the 2008 model year. In a time before the term “crossover” was widely used, the Ford Freestyle was a true example of the species. The Freestyle enjoyed the maneuverability of a station wagon, the family versatility of a minivan, and the tough capability of an SUV. Indeed, the Ford Freestyle was warmly regarded by parents who need to get their children from point A to point B, but would rather do so without sporting a minivan.

Model Overview

With plenty of cargo room and seating for up to seven passengers in three separate rows, the Ford Freestyle offered an even ride, and its low-slung profile provided capable handling characteristics.  The platform used for the vehicle was borrowed from the numerous Volvo products in use at the time and proved a capable choice. 

Under the hood, Ford’s engineers installed a 3.0-liter, V6 engine that was fully capable of delivering 203 horse power and 207 pounds of torque power where it is needed.  Every model of the Freestyle came equipped with continuously variable transmissions, and buyers were given an opportunity to opt for either the front wheel drive variant or an all wheel drive variant for those living in dicey weather conditions.  Antilock brakes came standard during all model years, and numerous options included side-impact airbags, power-adjustable pedals, and rear parking sensors.   

Ford offered the Freestyle with three separate trim levels: SE, SEL, and the Limited edition.  The SE version came attractively equipped with air-conditioning, CD-player, power driver seat, second-row captain’s chairs, and full suite of power accessories as standard features.  The SEL version added an in-dash CD changer, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors and other amenities.  Finally, the limited version came with 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, front seat heaters, and an upgraded sound system.   

For those looking at purchasing a versatile vehicle for their growing family, the Ford Freestyle represents an excellent option for those people who need the added space, but eschew the minivan identification that gets tagged to soccer moms.


A variety of safety features were built into the Ford Freestyle to enhance passenger safety, and when you are totting around the precious cargo of children, you want to have as many safety features as you can manage, including:

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Rear seat head restraint
  • Integrated safety belt.
  • Emergency trunk release.
  • Adjustable upper belt.
  • Energy management feature.
  • Child seat lower anchorage

Safety concerns were given primacy of place when designing the Ford Freestyle, and the beneficiaries of this attention to detail are the passengers inside. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2007 Ford Freestyle 5-stars, the highest ranking, in frontal crash test results and side crash test results.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Notable features of the Ford Freestyle crossover include standard features of the SE model include 17-inch wheels, six-way power driver’s seat, anti-lock brakes, driver’s door keypad, roof rack side rails, overhead console and privacy glass, and air conditioning.  Reviews at the time gave solid marks for the Freestyle’s ability to easily traverse rough pavements, while providing impressive handling characteristics.

Additionally, high marks have been afforded the vehicle for its low-slung profile.  With a floor that’s 10 centimeters lower than the Ford Explorer, but 15 centimeters higher than an average passenger vehicle, gives the driver a command level seating that provides ease of entering and exiting the Freestyle compared to typical SUVs and gives a superior view of the road around them.