Back seat passengers won't be cramped and there's plenty of room for luggage. For this report, we tested the 2006 version of the Five Hundred Limited. The inner door handles could be ingots with only minimal carving. This is all quite wonderful to tech minds but completely unsatisfying to our gearhead pleasures. InteriorThe Ford Five Hundred boasts a roomy cabin.
There are quite literally Fords in every direction you look, with everything from modified Fiestas, to F-650s being represented. For now at least, the Five Hundred has zero engine choices. Keep in mind this Five Hundred has the all-wheel-drive option. Overall, I think Ford did their homework on this one. The same can't be said of the Five Hundred's engine.
Interior volume and appointments are limoesque, ride quality is above reproach, and road manners are surprisingly capable. I took a drive to West Virginia for a funeral. I can seat five people and all are comfortable. And with no risky aspects that provoke vetoes. But Ford hasn't so far shown any indication of matching the 300C's Hemi excitement with a brawny Cobra V-8.
Two sets in one winter. No warning light to indicate any issue. The car I believe is under priced for what you get. It has 21 cubic feet of trunk room, five more than the 300, and more rear passenger space, too, if only by an insignificant percent. I found a 06' limited and it had all the bells and whistles. Cooling fails when car is not moving. The rear of the car features large, multi-element and triangular shaped tail lamps and dual, down turned exhaust tips.
Driving Impressions The Ford Five Hundred accelerates with authority. The mud flaps are rigid so they break. Then later on as time progressed the same noise, in the same area was heard when driving straight ahead at all speeds. While another all-wheel-drive vehicle spun its wheels and struggled mightily to climb the slippery hill, the all-wheel-drive Five Hundred sedan went right up and over. While we spent most our time in the front-wheel-drive version, we did take time to try an all-wheel-drive Five Hundred on a dirt hill in a rock quarry.
All-wheel drive also helps in the rain, where it stabilizes the handling of the car. Was only vehicle besides funeral directors 4x4 to make it up hill. The tires sound sporty over some surfaces, too; they rumble on textured city streets, which seems out of character for a whopper. Steering is nicely weighted and provides good feedback. I recently hit a deer and the car held up well mechanically for wasting a large buck at 75 mph. And relative to the cautious sedan offerings of recent years, both are as radical as the flat tax.
The Five Hundred's basic structure benefits from Volvo's extensive safety research. Let's just say we're feeling extra secure these days, what with Ford's new Five Hundred crowding into the spotlight beside the Chrysler 300. Great gas mileage and a huge trunk. The Five Hundred's rounded forms offer a more conservative alternative to the more upright, angular Chrysler 300. Car is on the noisy side. Published reviews will be distributed to , , , and other web sites. Instead of another venturesome Taurus-the first two generations were incredibly brave-Ford is just saying no to risk.
Overall, drivers have good visibility and excellent cabin access, similar to that of a minivan. Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Ford Five Hundred? The driver sits relatively high, gaining a commanding view of the road. While many automakers still use four-speed automatic transmissions, front-wheel-drive versions of the Five Hundred benefit from a six-speed automatic, which provides smoother performance and better fuel efficiency. You physically have to disconnect the bottom weather stripping to remove the water. Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Ford Five Hundred? Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-392-3673 -. The Five Hundred's face has large, jewel-styled and multi-bulb triangular headlight elements on either side of a wide, trapezoidal grille.
In fact, it's roomier than the big Crown Victoria 108. Still, there is the nagging yawn! Worse, it lacks the satisfying kick-down that all drivers have come to expect when a powertrain gives its best. You may not need to tear through rock quarries, you may need to drive through snow, and the Five Hundred should handle winter travel well. The Five Hundred has a big trunk 21. All seats feature what Ford calls a command view of the road, with seat-bottom cushions that are some four inches higher than those of a typical mid-sized sedan. So if you don't want to check out that Avalon head on over to your Ford dealer. But those legs need to be a bit longer.