Ford Freestyle alternatives
Latest model: Ford Freestyle Limited 2005
The Ford Freestyle (code name D219) is a crossover SUV / station wagon, presented for the 2005 model year to compete primarily with mid-size competitors such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Murano and Mitsubishi Endeavor, as well as other station wagons like the Subaru Legacy and Outback models. In Ford's lineup, it replaced the Ford Taurus station wagon, and currently jacks between the compact Escape and the midsize Explorer.
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Ford Freestyle details:
The car uses the Ford D3 platform, which it shares with the Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, and different Volvos including the XC90. The Ford Freestyle is assembled in Chicago, Illinois. Although it shares its platform with the XC90, the two cars are significantly various. The Ford Freestyle has three rows of seatings with seats for seven, like many larger Suvs (e. Ford Explorer) and minivans.
Ford's Post-bronco SUV names have begun with the letter "e" (eg: Ecosport, Escape, Explorer, Expedition, and Excursion). Ford has also been using the letter "f" for passenger vehicles and minivans (eg: Focus, Freestar, Five Hundred, and Fusion) while Mercury uses "m" (eg: Montego, Milan, Mountaineer, Monterey, and Mariner).
The Ford Freestyle, along with its sibling the Five Hundred and the Ford Escape Hybrid, are the first American Ford cars to use a continuously variable transmission (CVT). To Ford's surprise, 55% of consumers are selecting the Haldex-equipped all-wheel drive model rather than the expected 40%. However, overall Ford Freestyle sales are below Ford's original projections (though sales have been increasing each month). Some consumers are selecting the Ford Freestyle as an alternative to the best selling Ford Explorer. The Ford Freestyle also occupies a niche once dominated by the Ford Country Squire, the 3+ row family station wagon, though there is no known conversion of a Ford Freestyle to fake wood paneling.