• (4.8) 14 reviews
  • MSRP: $895–$7,103
  • Body Style: Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 20
  • Engine: 201-hp, 4.2-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2005 Ford Freestar

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Ford Freestar

What We Don't Like

  • Interior ergonomics
  • Fuel economy in city
  • Ride comfort in city
  • Engine noise
  • Trucklike characteristics

Notable Features

  • Choice of two V-6s
  • Fold-away third-row seat
  • Optional side-impact and side-curtain airbags
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Five trim levels

2005 Ford Freestar Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Ford introduced a brand-new minivan for 2004 named the Freestar, which replaced Ford's Windstar minivan. Mercury's Monterey is related to the Freestar.

Five trim levels are available: S, SE, SES, SEL and top-of-the-line Limited. The third-row seat can be positioned to face the rear for tailgate parties, and it can fold flat into the floor. A power liftgate became optional after the start of the 2004 model year.

For 2005, a new liftgate spoiler is available on the SES model. Ford indicated that it could stop making minivans after 2005.


Exterior
The Freestar's appearance is similar to the previous Windstar. Distinctive front-end styling themes differentiate the models. S and SE models have a body-color treatment. The SEL and Limited get a chrome grille, and the SES displays a black grille. Limited models have color-coordinated two-tone lower body paint.

Large upright headlights and an eggcrate grille integrate with the hood and front fenders. Contoured rear bumpers promise a low liftover height.

Standard tires measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inch tires on aluminum wheels are optional. Measuring 201 inches long overall, the Freestar rides a 120.8-inch wheelbase.


Interior
The Freestar will seat up to seven occupants. In S, SE and SES models, the standard second-row bench seat can slide horizontally. Second-row captain's chairs in upper-end models include a fold-and-tumble feature.

Overhead consoles contain readouts for outside temperature, a compass and auxiliary buttons for the power sliding doors, if installed. Front-door cupholders can hold 20-ounce beverages. Ford's Conversation Mirror lets drivers watch children in the rear. Adjustable pedals, a DVD entertainment system and Ford's Reverse Sensing System are optional.


Under the Hood
A 193-horsepower, 3.9-liter V-6 is standard in S, SE and SES models. A 4.2-liter V-6 in the SEL and Limited generates 201 hp and 263 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard. On Freestars equipped with Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability system, panic brake assist � which applies added pressure in an emergency � is included. Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
Like its Windstar predecessor, the Freestar seems a little more trucklike than most minivans. When parking, this minivan seems unusually wide.

Performance with the 4.2-liter V-6 is energetic, and the automatic transmission yields prompt, smooth shifts. Moderate engine noise during acceleration is present. The Freestar is fairly easy to drive, and it maneuvers with acceptable agility. The ride is sufficiently smooth on good surfaces.

The seat bottoms are short but offer good support. Front headroom is abundant, and elbowroom is adequate. Second-row occupants get plenty of space when bucket seats are installed. Squeezing into the third row isn't too difficult.


Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 14 reviews

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Safe, Reliable, Comfortable & Roomy

by Lyoness from New Hudson, MI on June 28, 2017

This mini-van is perfect for a family travels. It has all of the safety features and lots of room for passengers and their gear.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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