2006 Ford Freestar

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Ford Freestar. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Passenger space
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Performance
  • Visibility
  • Frontal crash-test ratings

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2006 Ford Freestar

  • Choice of two V-6s
  • Fold-away third-row seat
  • Optional Safety Canopy system
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Three trim levels

2006 Ford Freestar Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Ford introduced the Freestar in 2004, which replaced the company's Windstar minivan. Mercury's Monterey is closely related, and both are manufactured in Canada.

The 2006 lineup includes three models: SE, SEL and Limited. The Limited now uses chrome on the 16-inch wheels, door handles and roof rack, but 17-inch polished alloy wheels are optional.

An SE Appearance Package is available for 2006, and the SEL gets bright, machined, 16-inch wheels. The front door panels have been redesigned. New standard equipment includes cruise control, a CD player, roof rails and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.

Ford has indicated that it may stop making minivans after the 2006 model year.


Exterior
The Freestar's appearance is similar to the Windstar's. Distinctive front-end styling themes differentiate Freestar trims. The SE model has a body-colored grille, whereas a chrome grille and five-spoke aluminum wheels go on the SEL. Limited models have exclusive exterior trim and power sliding doors, as well as heated signal mirrors with puddle lamps.

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

Standard wheels 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. Self-sealing tires and a power liftgate are optional.


Interior
Freestars can seat up to seven occupants. Se...
Vehicle Overview
Ford introduced the Freestar in 2004, which replaced the company's Windstar minivan. Mercury's Monterey is closely related, and both are manufactured in Canada.

The 2006 lineup includes three models: SE, SEL and Limited. The Limited now uses chrome on the 16-inch wheels, door handles and roof rack, but 17-inch polished alloy wheels are optional.

An SE Appearance Package is available for 2006, and the SEL gets bright, machined, 16-inch wheels. The front door panels have been redesigned. New standard equipment includes cruise control, a CD player, roof rails and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.

Ford has indicated that it may stop making minivans after the 2006 model year.


Exterior
The Freestar's appearance is similar to the Windstar's. Distinctive front-end styling themes differentiate Freestar trims. The SE model has a body-colored grille, whereas a chrome grille and five-spoke aluminum wheels go on the SEL. Limited models have exclusive exterior trim and power sliding doors, as well as heated signal mirrors with puddle lamps.

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

Standard wheels 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. Self-sealing tires and a power liftgate are optional.


Interior
Freestars can seat up to seven occupants. Second-row bucket seats in upper-end models include a fold-and-tumble feature. The third-row seat can be positioned to face the rear for tailgate parties, and it can fold flat into the floor. Cargo space behind the third row totals 27.4 cubic feet. A covered compartment atop the dashboard holds small items.

Overhead consoles on the SEL and Limited 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. Power-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 the SE model. 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. A Safety Canopy side curtain-type airbag system is available.

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 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.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Good van

by T 06 mom on September 13, 2017

Great but transmission is out and won't go in gear no recalls but only on 2004 and 2005 they need to look at the 2006s too mine went out on the highway Read full review

(5.0)

It has been very reliabily

by Happy in The LORD from COLUMBIA ,TN. on July 7, 2017

This car burns no oil very easy on gas drives great , rides good ,all in all very comfortable. why should it have too be 100 or more when a few words can say it all !!!!!!!!!!!!! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Ford Freestar currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Ford Freestar has not been tested.

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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 Freestar 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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