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2005 New Car Model Guide, Model Guide, New Car Reviews, Ford Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


2005 Ford New Car Model GuideFord initiates a flurry of new cars for 2005 with a sleek flagship for the fleet called the Five Hundred. Built on a tight platform borrowed from Volvo of Sweden, the Five Hundred is a responsive four-door sedan with mid-size body but the cabin of a big car and one of the largest trunks on the market.

Mustang, Ford's legendary muscle car, is new for 2005 in coupe format based on a new rear-wheel-drive architecture with six-inch wheelbase boost and the promise of best-yet handling and braking.

Ford Crown Victoria
2005 Ford Crown Victoria

Ford's full-size Crown Victoria sedan carves out enough room in the cabin to haul a team of tall basketball players plus heaps of gear stuffed into the cavernous trunk. The rear-wheel driveline and a chassis with wheelbase extending nearly ten feet comes from a platform also used by Lincoln's elite Town Car. There's ample power from a V8 rigged with high-tech hardware and tuned for low-torque output. The 4.6-liter Ford plant in standard application produces 224 hp. An optional performance package adds dual exhaust pipes and boosts output to 239 hp.

Four trim grades continue as the Crown Victoria Standard, up-level LX, deluxe LX Premier and LX Sport, the latter with equipment added for keen performance plus a monochromatic body coated in shades like Dark Toreador Red. Side air bags appear on the list of options, along with TCS and a six-disc CD changer. A power moonroof is available for LX and LX Sport models.

Ford Taurus
2005 Ford Taurus

The popular family cars from Ford fit in the mid-size class and appear in configurations of a four-door sedan and five-door station wagon. All issues for 2005 line up in simplified trim sequences as SE or SEL. Cabins for sedans hold five or six due to a choice in front seat style -- bench or buckets. The three-person front bench for Taurus SE contains a flip-down center back section that becomes a console when tipped forward. A console that has an open bin in front and a closed compartment in back splits two front buckets for Taurus SEL.

The wagon version brings seats for seven or eight with an optional rear-facing third bench. Engines for Taurus include Ford's 3.0-liter Vulcan V6, rated at 153 hp, and a dual-cam Duratec version available on SEL that rises to 200 hp. Ford's four-speed automatic transaxle mates with either engine. A premium package for SEL adds leather seats, a six-disc CD changer, electronic climate controls and automatic headlamps.

Ford Mustang
2005 Ford Mustang

Ford's pony car arrives in 2005 riding a new platform with six-inch wheelbase stretch and new powertrains packed below that classic long hood. The RWD chassis carries MacPherson struts and a three-link live axle with Panhard rod. Exterior styling is fresh although familiar Mustang signatures have been retained -- those C-scoops on flanks, tri-part lamps on the tail and a galloping pony in chrome planted at the center of the prow.
Mustang's cockpit also earns a makeover with new accessories like chrome gauge rings and aluminum trim panels, while an optional color-configured instrument cluster brings 125 color choices for backlighting the dashboard gauges. More standard equipment is aboard, such as one-touch up/down power windows, a keyless entry system and power locks.

Two powertrains motivate the new Mustang. Standard plant is a new 4.0-liter V6 for the base model pumping 210 hp. Mustang GT stocks a 4.6-liter V8 ripper pushing 300 hp. Five-speed manual transmissions are standard. The V8 has a Tremec 3650 gearbox, while the V6 uses a Tremec T5. Optional is a five-speed automatic. Trims work with packages -- V6 Deluxe and V6 Premium, GT Deluxe and GT Premium.

Read our Review: Ford Mustang

Ford Thunderbird
2005 Ford Thunderbird

Another legendary name at Ford -- Thunderbird -- morphs into a sleek two-seat roadster with strong power on tap from a big V8. The design is a contemporary homage to Ford's brilliant two-seat sports car from 1955. Thunderbird for 2005 shows rolled edges over finely carved fenders and tailored components such as retro-round headlights and chrome-coated grilles in egg-crate scheme, an indented air scoop centered on the hood, chrome air ports on flanks and round red lamps etched into a curvy tail.

Power comes from Ford's 3.9-liter aluminum V8 with electronic throttle control and variable cam timing. It delivers 280 hp with an automatic five-speed transmission and optional shift-it-yourself SelectShift mode. A colorful cockpit contains a pair of buckets and designer touches such as new aluminum appliqué trim doors and the center dash stack. In the cluster of instruments, the white-faced analog speedometer and tachometer use needles tinged in Thunderbird Blue. Safety systems extend to frontal and side-impact air bags for both seats. New body paints come with this year's 'Bird, such as Bronze and Vintage Mint Green.

Ford Focus
2005 Ford Focus

A subcompact series grouped under the Focus label -- best-selling small car in the world -- subdivides into four formats as a four-door sedan, five-door station wagon and hatchbacks in three-door and five-door configurations. Model classification follows body styles with ZX3 for the three-door hatchback and ZX5 for the five-door hatch, ZX4 as a four-door sedan and ZXW for the wagon. Design revisions on the body for 2005 include new headlamp clusters, a larger diamond patterned grille and a fresh fascia with broad air intake and round fog lamps.

Focus provides surprising room from a concise cabin with twin buckets in front of a fold-down bench and back bay for gear. Two different four-cylinder engines add spark to Focus for 2005. A new base engine is the 2.0-liter Duratec plant producing 136 hp. The ZX4 ST performance sedan earns a 2.3-liter Duratec four-pack worth 151 hp. Brakes with ABS are standard on the ST sedan, but ABS shows up on the list of options for trims of S, SE and SES. Also, side-impact air bags are available on all Focus models this year.

Ford Five Hundred
2005 Ford Five Hundred

Ford's new sedan brings the tight handling traits of a European touring car and a generous passenger compartment with seats for five plus luxury gear. Passengers ride higher than on seats in other sedans. Ford labels the design as Command Seating and compares the upright seat position to that of a high-hiked SUV.
The Five Hundred features front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction. The AWD system is the Haldex equipment from Volvo. All issues draw power from a 3.0-liter Duratec V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transaxle by Aisin for FWD and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) by ZF-Batavia for all-wheel models.

Trims for Five Hundred consist of the well-equipped SE, deluxe SEL and top-flight Limited. The SE edition carries the CVT and disc brakes with anti-lock brake system (ABS) and traction control system (TCS), 17-inch aluminum wheels, a keyless entry keypad, air conditioning, power controls for windows and locks, six-way power for the driver's seat, front buckets and a split bench in back that folds down flat and a stereo system with CD player. Deluxe Limited rolls on 18-inch aluminum wheels and gets a premium stereo system with six-disc CD deck plus leather seats.