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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan

Description: Minivan
Base MSRP Range: $21,610 - $32,710
Invoice Price Range: $19,673 - $29,552
Where built: Canada

After only a year on the market, Ford's big minivan shows new shades for clearcoat metallic body paint -- such as Arizona Beige, Matador Red or Dark Shadow Grey. The five trims list as base Freestar plus LX, LX Sport, SE and Limited.

As the replacement for Windstar, Freestar is a big minivan, cast on a chassis with wheelbase stretching for ten feet and an overall vehicle length of more than 16 feet. These dimensions forge a long and broad and tall passenger compartment with ample room for three rows of seats to hold as many as seven passengers. The cabin has a pair of buckets on the first row, a second row with either a bench for three or twin buckets plus the third-row folding bench for two.

Safety equipment include Ford's Personal Safety System, with a Safety Canopy of curtain-style side air bags optional.

Freestar is equipped with a front transverse-mounted V6 engine tied to a FWD system. Actually there are two V6 options. Standard is a 3.9-liter V6 with a rating of 193-hp. For Freestar's two top trim levels, a 4.2-liter V6 makes 202-hp with a 4-speed automatic transaxle.