It looks a little too Teutonic, Mays admits. The Five Hundred was marketed by Lincoln-Mercury under the revived nameplate, slotted between the and. The Five Hundred was designed to provide large car interior volume with manageable outside dimensions, while delivering good fuel economy. Design The Five Hundred was longer than its competitors e. It's a 20 gallon gas tank, but only uses 87. The Ford Five Hundred was the first full-size Ford sedan to feature a folding rear seat to supplement the 21 cubic foot trunk larger than the Lincoln Town Car.
I'm averaging a real world 19 mpg in mostly city driving and use regular unleaded fuel. Braking is very nice, the cost of ownership isn't too bad. While the engine is adequite on this car, the extra 60hp would have been a little better for this car. We were being good team players, and we did our best to wrap what was a best-in-class package with sheetmetal, and we ended up with a car, I think, that compromised itself in terms of style. I took my wife, two kids in car seats, two portacribs, and high chair, luggage, and kids play stations on several vacations in complete comfort. Coming in either front- or all-wheel-drive, the Five Hundred is powered by a just-sufficient 200-horsepower 3.
When One Looks At Old-fashioned American Value, This Ford Five Hundred Is Hard To Beat! So its not too expensive. Last Character Refers to Interior Color. The only problem I have had with the car is tires. A key feature driving the use of the tall body design was the upward movement of the hip point. And to compensate for the lack of horsepower, the fuel economy of the 3.
For the first time since 1979, Mercury sold a completely new full-size car and two full-size Mercury sedans for the first time since 1974. There are quite literally Fords in every direction you look, with everything from modified Fiestas, to F-650s being represented. Marking the debut of the Ford D3 platform, the Five Hundred marked several firsts for full-size Ford vehicles, including the first front-wheel drive layout, first all-wheel drive option, first unibody chassis, and the first version sold without a V8 engine. While the Freestyle would serve as the basis for the concept vehicle, no Mercury version was ever produced beyond the prototype stage. By the way, I don't think it's going to hurt sales. Within the Ford model line, the Five Hundred was slotted between the Fusion and. Excluding export sales, 241,402 Ford Five Hundreds were produced.
Alongside standard dual front airbags, the Five Hundred was available with both side airbags and curtain airbags as an option. Drove this vehicle very long distances over 1,500 miles weekly for my job and the passenger compartment and driver erganomics made this a very comfortable vehicle to drive. Automotive News, Richard Truett, October 2, 2004. Nearly 20 years ago, it had them in the form of the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable, benchmark cars at the time that sold big. With the option of a folding front passenger seat, a Five Hundred was able to carry objects up to ten feet long inside the vehicle. Comfortable Ride With Good Handling And Tons Of Room — Love the care, has lots of room for passengers and tons of trunk space. Side-impact airbags and Ford's Canopy rollover protection system are optional, as are a fold-flat front passenger seat and reverse parking assist.
It comes with a well-designed interior that offers generous passenger room in both the front and rear, with upright seating and truly large trunk. For the 2008 model year, for a mid-cycle revision, the Five Hundred was re-christened as the Ford Taurus; the Freestyle became the Taurus X, with the Mercury Montego renamed the Mercury Sable. A mid-year running change removed the exterior doorside trim molding on all trim levels in favor of a small sill molding at the bottom edge of the door. But we will never make that mistake again. A fully independent suspension offers surprisingly capable handling; traction control and self-leveling rear shock absorbers are optional on front-drive versions and are standard on all-wheel-drive models. A new Chrome Package became available, with 18-inch eight-spoke alloy wheels and a chrome trim mesh grille.
The car currently slots between the Ford Fusion and the Crown Victoria. Primary Use: Commuting to work Good Comfortable Car For Trips And Can Hold Alot Of Cargo. The New York Times, Christopher Jenson, October 31, 2004. An system was available across the range. The New York Times, Christopher Jenson, August 28, 2009. For the rest of the 1980s and much of the 1990s, domestic marques turned their attention to trucks, while Japanese brands took command of the midsize-sedan segment.
The windshield wipers of all things are oddly made and are 20 dollars each. In contrast, Mercury sold the Montego in two trim levels Luxury and Premier. The Auto Channel, February 7, 2004. All in all its a nice looking car thats a comfortable car to drive. Mileage range was excellent for this 6 cyl. I know they will install the 3. I wasn't going for status, I was going for an afforable, comfortable, reliable car that met our lifestyle.