When I first saw the FreeStyle in Nashville in 2004, I was amazed. I thought that this and the sedan 500 would be milestone cars for Ford, and by all rights they should have been. Crisp clean styling, very well put together, the FreeStyle in particular is like a swiss army knife in it's usefull features. I was in Nashville for the 40 th aniverary of the Mustang and at a display there it was with no fuss or shouting. And that's the way it is today. Ford never gave the FreeStyle the marketing it needed. And the name makes it suffer because of it's similarity to the awful FreeStar, guilt by association.
Now if you look at the reveiws over the last year and a half in different magazines and of course at the article linked above, you should ask yourself "why don't I see tons of these on the road?"
SUV versatility and utility, sedan handling and fuel economy, it truly just makes too much sense.
But this suffers from the blahs. It gets slammed in the automotive press as being underpowered, but in head to head tests with the Chrysler Pacifica it's faster despite an almost 40 hp deficit. Now with the revision of Japanese hp ratings, it stacks up fairly well against the competition. But Ford is ready to demote the FreeStyle to the Mercury Meta One and lower volume sales. At least it's not going away completely. But I still insist they should have called it the Country Squire or Ranch Wagon and the 500 should have been the Galaxie 500.