The Ford Freestyle was first introduced by Ford Motor Company in 2005 as a full size SUV seating up to 7 passengers. The SUV is popular in the United States with families looking for a sportier type vehicle that the typical minivan. The Freestyle fits this category perfectly and is a quite popular with slightly larger families.
Ford had been following a strategy to rename all its vehicles with words beginning with the letter F. This plan proved to not be quite as successful as Ford had hoped so they began returning to previous traditional names in 2008. The Ford Freestyle was affected by this policy change and for the 2008 model year became officially known as the Ford Taurus X.
Before the name change the Freestyle had featured a 3.0 L engine and had a CVT transmission. The Freestyle also offered three rows of seats like other full size SUV’s but also had what it called command seating. The front seating had a higher H-point to increase driver visibility and ease of entry and exit.
The Taurus X is now offered with a 3.5 Liter Duratec engine and a 6 speed automatic transmission. It is built on a Ford D3 platform and has an updated powertrain. The CVT transmission that had been used in the Freestyle was upgraded to a six-speed 6F automatic. The Taurus X was sold for a short period of time in 2009 before being discontinued in February 2009.