Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL AWD, Part 3

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
Jalopnik ReviewsAll of our test drives in one convenient place.

Why you should buy this car: The Five Hundred is exactly what middle America needs: an old school Yank tank with reasonable gas mileage and laudable safety. If you re in the cop or carriage trade, or have a wife whose idea of packing light squares with Joan Collins , the Five Hundred s cavernous trunk will whale your Jonahs with ease. And the Five Hundred s all-wheel-drive option ($1700) may do nothing for the barge s handling, but it s snow joke for cold climate commuters.

Why you shouldn t buy this car: Because you have a pulse.

Suitability Parameters
· Speed Merchants: No
· Fashion Victims: No
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: No
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: Yes
· Euro Snobs: No
· Working Stiffs: Yes
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: No
· Soccer Moms: No
· Nascar Dads: No
· Golfing Grandparents: Yes

Advertisement

Vitals
· Manufacturer: The Blue Oval Boys
· Model tested: Five Hundred Limited AWD
· Model year: 2006
· Price as Tested: $27,930
· Engine type: 3.0L 4V Duratec 30 V6
· Horsepower: 203hp @ 5750 rpm
· Torque: 207 ft.-lbs. @ 4500 rpm
· Redline: 5800 rpm
· Wheels and Tires: Pirelli P6 Four Seasons, P225/55R-18 97T M+S
· Drive type: AWD
· 0 - 60: 8.0 secs.
· 1/4 mile: 16.3 sec @ 88 mph
· Top speed: 112 [governor limited]
· Fuel economy city/highway: 19/26
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: 5/5/4

[by Robert Farago]

Related:
Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL AWD, Part 1, Part 2 [internal]

Share This Story