Ford Five Hundred

American-sized Passat, anyone?

The Ford Five Hundred goes on sale in 2004 as a larger brother to the Taurus, and as a tacit acknowledgment that the family-sedan category has left the Taurus in the dust. State-of-the-art mid-size sedans have become larger, more luxurious, and more stately with each successive generation. Ford‘s response, though shown only as an illustration, looks awfully indebted to the . Ford counters by saying that the Five Hundred is a tall sedan, based on the “high package” design philosophy employed so successfully with the . And while it’s about time an American manufacturer struck out to reclaim this very American category, we just wish it wasn’t so . . . derivative. The Five Hundred will employ a 3.0-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic or continuously variable transmission.

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EPA MPG:

19 City / 26 Hwy

Safety (IIHS):

Good

Horse Power:

203 @ 5750