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2006 Ford Five Hundred

2006 Ford Five Hundred

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$2,208 — $6,772 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
22-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Huge cabin and trunk
  • Folding backseat
  • Comparatively compact exterior size
  • Good interior quality
  • Fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride and handling

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2006 Ford Five Hundred
  • Optional AWD
  • CVT
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Optional Safety Canopy
  • Self-leveling rear suspension with AWD

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2006 Ford Five Hundred Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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...

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.3
46 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Just bought one, impressed!

by Cool50yodude from Springfield on August 21, 2020

Had a 2012 Fusion Hybrid that got rear ended and totaled.... Insurance/market value didn't pay much, my 40mpg days are over... Bought a Nissan Leaf for around town and the 500 for longer trips and for... Read full review

(3.0)

6 speed auto is finally slipping, a few issues

by CP1002 from Akron, Ohio on July 31, 2019

She's a land yacht with SUV space and comfort reminiscent of the old Galaxy 500. Currently at 112,000 in 2019, the 2006 Five Hundred SEL has had an alternator swap, the a/c compressor is now going out... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Ford Five Hundred currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Ford Five Hundred SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
poor
Driver Head and Neck
marginal
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
poor
Rear Passenger Head Protection
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Five Hundred received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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