2006 Ford Freestyle

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Ford Freestyle. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • CVT operation
  • Available AWD
  • Available seven-passenger seating
  • Easy-folding seats
  • Driving position

The Bad

  • Thick rear pillars
  • Third-row access

Notable Features of the 2006 Ford Freestyle

  • FWD or AWD
  • CVT
  • Duratec 3.0-liter V-6
  • Three trim levels
  • Standard ABS
  • Available Safety Canopy

2006 Ford Freestyle Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Ford calls the Freestyle a crossover model because it blends the merits of a sport utility vehicle, a minivan and a sedan. Built on a unique platform, the "purpose-built" Freestyle can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive. Its 3.0-liter V-6 engine drives a continuously variable transmission.

Ford notes that the overall design is "more sculpted than chiseled, more capable than rugged," so the Freestyle is "definitely not a minivan." To head off such comparisons, Ford points out the Freestyle's long hood, high belt line and flared wheel arches.

Like the related Five Hundred sedan, the Freestyle has midsize dimensions that approach full-size. It comes in base SE, midrange SEL and top-level Limited trim levels. A navigation system is available in 2006 models.


Exterior
Designers intended to evoke the aura of Ford SUVs, starting with the wagon's trapezoidal mesh grille. The rear features a split hatch and step bumper.

Fog lamps and body-colored door handles are included on the SEL and Limited. Built on a 112.9-inch wheelbase, the Freestyle is 200.7 inches long overall. SE and SEL models ride on 17-inch aluminum wheels, and the Limited gets 18-inch wheels. Limited models have a monochromatic exterior. All Freestyles have a fully independent suspension.


Interior
Three rows of seats hold six or seven occupants. Ford says upright "command" seating eases entry and exit and produces maximum visibility. The third-row seat folds flat into the floor. Either reclinin...
Vehicle Overview
Ford calls the Freestyle a crossover model because it blends the merits of a sport utility vehicle, a minivan and a sedan. Built on a unique platform, the "purpose-built" Freestyle can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive. Its 3.0-liter V-6 engine drives a continuously variable transmission.

Ford notes that the overall design is "more sculpted than chiseled, more capable than rugged," so the Freestyle is "definitely not a minivan." To head off such comparisons, Ford points out the Freestyle's long hood, high belt line and flared wheel arches.

Like the related Five Hundred sedan, the Freestyle has midsize dimensions that approach full-size. It comes in base SE, midrange SEL and top-level Limited trim levels. A navigation system is available in 2006 models.


Exterior
Designers intended to evoke the aura of Ford SUVs, starting with the wagon's trapezoidal mesh grille. The rear features a split hatch and step bumper.

Fog lamps and body-colored door handles are included on the SEL and Limited. Built on a 112.9-inch wheelbase, the Freestyle is 200.7 inches long overall. SE and SEL models ride on 17-inch aluminum wheels, and the Limited gets 18-inch wheels. Limited models have a monochromatic exterior. All Freestyles have a fully independent suspension.


Interior
Three rows of seats hold six or seven occupants. Ford says upright "command" seating eases entry and exit and produces maximum visibility. The third-row seat folds flat into the floor. Either reclining and sliding bucket seats or a 60/40-split, folding bench can be installed in the second row.

A dashboard-mounted grab handle for the front passenger adds SUV style to the Freestyle. A covered storage bin sits atop the dashboard. The gearshift lever is mounted on the console.

A six-CD changer and leather-wrapped steering wheel go into the SEL. The Limited gets heated front seats, an Audiophile sound system and perforated leather seating surfaces.

With all the seats folded — including the front-passenger seat — the Freestyle offers more than 9.5 feet of pass-thru storage. Cargo space totals 21.2 cubic feet behind the third-row seat.


Under the Hood
Ford's Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 produces 203 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. A CVT is standard. Operating without any gears, the CVT unit uses two variable-size pulleys, connected by a chain, to transfer engine power to the drive wheels. The Freestyle can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Ford's optional Safety Canopy side curtain-type airbag system provides head protection in all three rows.

Driving Impressions
Ford's V-6 and CVT work beautifully to deliver eager acceleration with utter smoothness. Overall performance might trail vehicles with a conventional automatic transmission, but the Freestyle passes and merges with quick responses.

Ride comfort is generally good, though it's closer to that of an SUV than a traditional wagon. Handling is ordinary but satisfactory.

The wide console creates a slightly tight feeling in an otherwise ample front seat. Second-row space — even in the center position — is snug but satisfying. Reaching the third row is more of a battle.

Visibility is good despite thick rear pillars, and the controls are conveniently positioned. Facing a very low cowl, the driver gets the sensation of sitting high off the ground.. Cargo space behind the third-row seat is modest, but both rows of seats fold down easily.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

best minivan

by judosami from Olathe on August 4, 2018

Really like these and the mercury monetrey. Minivans are the safest cars to drive. Biggest thing it has 4 power outlets so all the grand kids can keep devices charged I like where the key slot is on ... Read full review

(4.0)

A great family car.

by XochEliza from Antioch, CA on March 14, 2018

This car has gotten me to LA twice. That’s a 9 hour drive. I always have room for all my friends and family. And it’s cozy. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Ford Freestyle currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Ford Freestyle 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 Freestyle 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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