I purchased my Five Hundred about two months ago, and I am extremely pleased with the car at this point (39k miles...purchased with 36k). The car is exactly what I want for my all-too-frequent trips out of town (200-mile round trip type drives). It's quiet, comfortable, and exceedingly roomy (leg room in the back is ridiculous, not that that matters in my car, but it's nice for leeches....uh, tag-alongs). I personally love the CVT transmission in my particular model. It takes some getting used to, but I love that you can step on it, and the RPMs will just stay in the power zone until you get up to your desired speed. I've seen this car described as doggy or underpowered, and I'm just not seeing it. I think it has plenty of pickup and plenty for passing, even if you're doing 80....well, let's say 70...when you start your pass. It doesn't have some of the nicer accoutrements that more expensive cars have, but it has everything I want for my everday driving (comfort, acceptable....20-25mpg....gas mileage, plenty of pickup for those over 25 years old, and an enormous trunk). I personally like the styling, but that's a personal issue so is really unimportant. I loved the 300M when it came out, for example. When I drove one, though, I felt like I couldn't see anything. The Five Hundred allows for excellent visibility, and the side mirrors (though larger than I'd have chosen) allow you to see into your blindspot completely on the passenger side and almost entirely on the driver side (but you still better check). Anyway, I'm very happy with this car, and with the price of it, it pushes it up into 5-star territory, IMHO. All the best... Steve
This is a dreamy ride. Solid as a rock. Very quiet, extremely smooth, enough room to dance in(almost), giants welcome. Sleeps 2 adults in the trunk! Its smart, fast enough to fight with others for the road, and knows how to stop on a dime with its 4 wheel disc breaks. Its very thick and heavy. Good mileage. I feel safe in it with my family and loved ones. Everyone loves this car period. Get one if you can! Ford only made this Gem for 3 years. If you drive easy the six speed trans will shift so smooth you wont even feel it.
I really love the car. It is like having a luxury vehicle but not too fancy. The leather interior is so easy to clean and very durable with animals. I couldn't have asked for a better car!