Posts Tagged ‘Five Hundred’

2010 Ford Taurus (Design Critique)

May 22nd, 2010 5 comments

     Since the mid-1990s rumors of the demise of the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis twins have perpetuated through the automotive press. GM’s relatively unexpected discontinuation of the Caprice in 1996 gave extra boost to the Crown Vic’s sales. Unfortunately, with no competition Ford’s Panther platform soldiered on year after year with changes that were often transparent to their aging target audience. Read more…

AT’s Photo Spotlight

April 29th, 2010 No comments

      The 2005 Ford Five Hundred was a capable fullsize family sedan with plenty of room for adults in all seat positions and a spacious trunk. Ford tried to woo SUV buyers with a tall upright seating position and all-wheel drive, as well as sell on economy with the modest 3.0L V6 and continuously-variable transmission. The end result, however, was a tall lethargic sedan clearly inspired by the F-150.

2005 Ford Five Hundred

February 18th, 2010 No comments

Sedan of Elderly Leisure

    Just two years ago this sedan would have been revolutionary in the family sedan market. Its extra-large proportions, elevated ride height, spacious interior and availability of all-wheel drive put this sedan into an SUV-like category when you consider all of these features’ marketability. Perhaps this is why the Five Hundred just doesn’t get the heart racing; we expect these niceties in all too many vehicular categories in this day and age. Read more…

2005 Ford Five Hundred

February 16th, 2010 No comments

       I had high expectations when I stepped inside the Ford Five Hundred, especially after seeing the hot GT and the sexy new Mustang. They prove Ford still knows how to make cars sizzle.
     This big sedan, though, left me feeling lukewarm after a week behind the wheel. It’s not a bad car — certainly an improvement over the stale Taurus — but it lacks the pizzazz Chrysler has created with its 300C masterpiece.
     Sadly, it could have been so much better. Read more…