Last post on Apr 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM
You are in the Ford Freestyle
What is this discussion about?
Ford Freestyle, Ford Taurus X, SUV
#7072 of 7481 Re: Freestyle = Taurus X? Not. [passat_2002]
Jul 29, 2007 (4:27 pm)
Well the way i see it, there will be a Ford Freestyle discussion forum just sitting idle if the forum moves to a Taurus X only discussion, as I said that really singles out the owners of the Freestyles and the shoppers who will be shopping for the 2009 Taurus X I would highly think they would know their Taurus X was once known as a Freestyle unless they haven't been keeping up with Ford, Yes I agree Ford did some major upgrades to the Freestyle and its now known as the Taurus X. Just as they did with the Ford Five Hundred to the New Taurus with major upgrades and a new engine etc. My point was if the discussion is called Ford Freestyle - Taurus X and someone is doing a search how could that be confusing? why not have the best of both owners together?
#7073 of 7481 Re: Freestyle = Taurus X? Not. [geffen]
Jul 30, 2007 (10:09 am)
yet another reason to buy a FS/T-reX
FS rated one of best CUV's for rear crash testing...BTW
edited down for post full link here
"The test results released Tuesday found several SUVs had improved protections against whiplash injuries but gave poor marks to vehicles made by several leading automakers, including BMW AG, DaimlerChrysler AG, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the simulated rear crashes at 20 miles per hour showed that many large vehicles fall short in protecting against neck injuries, which lead to 2 million insurance claims a year costing at least $8.5 billion.
Several SUVs made progress — 17 of 59 SUVs from the 2007 model year received top ratings in the testing, compared with six of 44 SUVs tested in 2006.
The best performers among 2007 SUVs included: Acura MDX and RDX; Lincoln MKX, Ford Edge and Ford Freestyle; Honda CR-V, Element and Pilot; Hyundai Santa Fe; Jeep Grand Cherokee; Kia Sorento; Land Rover LR3; Mercedes M Class; Mitsubishi Outlander; Subaru B9 Tribeca and Forester, and Volvo XC90.
SUVs from the 2007 model year rated poorly were: BMW X3 and X5; Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Isuzu Ascender; Cadillac SRX; Chrysler Pacifica; Dodge Nitro; Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer; Mitsubishi Endeavor; Hummer H3; Hyundai Tucson; Jeep Liberty; Kia Sportage; Lexus GX470 and RX; Nissan Xterra; Saab 9-7X; Suzuki XL7; Toyota 4Runner and Highlander."
#7074 of 7481 Re: Freestyle = Taurus X? Not. [passat_2002]
Jul 30, 2007 (2:18 pm)
If you sat in a Freestyle and drove it around and then sat in a Taurus X and drove it around, about the only thing you'd notice are the lack of shift points in the Freestyle and better MPG. Not much improvement in my book. They should have just added the traction control to the FS, and change the name and grill if the advertisers really wanted that too.
#7075 of 7481 Re: Freestyle = Taurus X? Not. [bobw3]
Jul 30, 2007 (3:55 pm)
Was it faster? Was the cabin quieter? Did it have power rear seats and a power lift gate? Was there anything you liked about the new X?
#7076 of 7481 Re: Freestyle = Taurus X? Not. [bobw3]
Jul 30, 2007 (5:07 pm)
Those of us who are Freestyle owners shouldn't get defensive about this. Regardless of whether or not one thinks the changes are an improvement or not, they are nevertheless significant changes all the same. My point in my earlier post was that mechanically speaking, the Taurus X is a whole lot different than a Freestyle. A board that is common to both vehicles will lead to a lot of confusion.
#7077 of 7481 Re: Freestyle = Taurus X? Not. [passat_2002]
Jul 30, 2007 (5:20 pm)
"Regardless of whether or not one thinks the changes are an improvement or not, they are nevertheless significant changes all the same."
I think that the T-Rex is still a Freestyle underneath. It is true that they are renaming the line, but the design and basic functionality is the same. The length, width, height, weight, seating capacity, and even most of the sheet metal are all the same.
Would we rename a Mustang forum because they added an engine / transmission, or changed the sheet metal?
When Ford re-designs the entire platform, THAT is the time to set up a separate forum.
So long as a new user will come across their vehicle of interest when they search for "Taurus X", I think the T-Rex forum should remain with the FS.
To this end, I suggest that Edmunds rename this forum as "Freestyle / Taurus X".
Just the fact that we are having this discussion is an indicator that the FS and T-Rex are the same vehicle. No one had any questions when they created the "Acadia" or "Outlook" forums.
#7078 of 7481 Re: speaking of annoyances [steve_]
Jul 30, 2007 (7:15 pm)
I took out an AWD Taurus X Limited two weeks ago. I was very impressed with the quality inside and out. The new 3.5/6sp drivetrain is an improvement from the 3.0/cvt in my opinion. The color combination of the interior was impressive as was the fit and finish. I have taken quite a few Freestyles out and was looking to purchase one, but after reading the improvements Ford made with the X, I'm glad I waited. Its only a matter of time before we're getting one......
#7079 of 7481 Re: Freestyle = Taurus X? Not. [passat_2002]
Jul 31, 2007 (4:32 am)
As I read through, the 500/Taurus, Montego/Sable, Freestyle/Taurus X forums, and being a new 06 Five Hundred owner, you gotta love the dealer factory reps pretending to be owners coming onto this site to passively/aggressively blame buyers & Edmunds for the "confusion" between these vehicles. If the old motto was Quality Is Job One in a conservative era, the new motto must be Equality Is Job One in the new left era. Where did all those employee "quality circles" go from the 1980's that the company raved about? Too bad employees and stockholders couldn't stop the quack who created the PAG candybasket. Volvo/Mazda are the only beneficial nameplates to Ford because they have impeccable engineering, not "brand implied class status".
#7080 of 7481 Re: Freestyle = Taurus X? Not. [slider7]
Jul 31, 2007 (10:27 am)
"As I read through, the 500/Taurus, Montego/Sable, Freestyle/Taurus X forums, and being a new 06 Five Hundred owner, you gotta love the dealer factory reps pretending to be owners coming onto this site to passively/aggressively blame buyers & Edmunds for the "confusion" between these vehicles."
Well, I own a 2006 FWD SEL. Anybody else care to chime in with their FS specs? BTW, only about 15K on my FS.