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  • (4.3) 37 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,013–$8,113
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-25
  • Engine: 203-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2006 Ford Five Hundred

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Ford Five Hundred

What We Don't Like

  • Modest power
  • No electronic stability system
  • Perceived by some as bland and not youthful
  • Imperfect fit and finish on early models

Notable Features

  • Optional AWD
  • CVT
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Optional Safety Canopy
  • Self-leveling rear suspension with AWD

2006 Ford Five Hundred Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Ford introduced its new Five Hundred sedan as a 2005 model, and shortly thereafter Mercury launched the closely related Montego.

With its nearly full-size dimensions, the Five Hundred is considered Ford's flagship. Ford called the four-door its first crossover-based car; it has a high seating position like that found in sport utility vehicles. Ford's Freestyle wagon is related to the Five Hundred sedan.

Powertrain choices with the Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 include either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed automatic. Optional safety technology includes rollover protection.

Base SE, midrange SEL and upscale Limited trim levels are offered. The Five Hundred can have front- or all-wheel drive, which can automatically distribute nearly all of the engine's torque to the rear wheels.

A Family Entertainment System is available in SEL and Limited editions for 2006. Leather-trimmed seats are offered for SE sedans, and the Limited can have a navigation system.

Ford promotes the "clean geometric lines and stately proportions" of the Five Hundred sedan. Clear headlights flank a trapezoidal grille that contains a diamond-mesh pattern. Fog lamps sit below the integrated front bumper.

Built on a 112.9-inch wheelbase, the Five Hundred is almost a foot shorter than the full-size Crown Victoria and features a fully independent suspension. All-wheel-drive models have rear self-leveling. Low-profile windshield wipers use a strip of spring steel to press the rubber blade evenly against the glass. A power moonroof is available. Standard wheels measure 17 inches in diameter, but Limited models get 18-inch tires on alloy wheels.

Five occupants enjoy tall, upright seating positions. The slightly elevated 60/40-split second-row seat folds down.

Dual-zone air conditioning, a flat-folding front passenger seat, an electronic message center and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are included in the SEL. Limited models get an Audiophile sound system and leather seating surfaces that are heated in the front.

Front windows offer express-up/down operation. A storage compartment with a pop-up cover sits at the top of the dashboard. The trunk holds 21.2 cubic feet of cargo — more than the full-size Crown Victoria.

Under the Hood
A Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 engine produces 203 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. A CVT is standard on all-wheel-drive models and also comes on select front-drive Five Hundreds. The gearless CVT unit uses two variable-size pulleys, connected by a metal chain, to transfer engine power to the drive wheels. The other available transmission for front-drive models is a six-speed automatic.

All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Rear parking assist and a Safety Canopy with rollover sensing are optional.

Driving Impressions
Acceleration in a CVT-equipped Five Hundred isn't a strong point, but this sensible sedan performs adequately. Response is a bit sluggish at start-up, but speed rises steadily. Some engine noise is evident during hard acceleration.

Although largely similar to Ford's Freestyle wagon, the Five Hundred is a little quieter. The sedan responds better to bumps and holes, which means there's less commotion to affect ride comfort. The Five Hundred feels confident and secure. Body lean in curves isn't bad, but it's present.

Backseat riders get plenty of headroom, legroom and foot space on firm but amply cushioned seats. The firm front seats are comfortable.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 37 reviews

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The best car I've owned !

by Shaunj29 from Fort Myers, Florida on November 19, 2017

This is a mid size car. It it very spacious and also has a huge trunk. Great on the highway, Never had any major issues with this car. Ac blows cold air, rides great, oil changes always kept up on.

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6 Trims Available

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2006 Ford Five Hundred Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford Five Hundred Limited

Head Restraints and Seats

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford Five Hundred Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Five Hundred Limited

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Five Hundred Limited

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Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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