I purchased the 2006 Five Hundred Limited with All Wheel Drive and the CVT transmission.
This car is extremely comfortable and has plenty of legroom, headroom, etc. in both front and rear seats.
Has front and rear center consoles with many cupholders and storage compartments.
The heated leather seats are a big plus especially here in cold Minnesota.
Has radio controls on steering wheel.
Heated mirrors and window defrosters work great- within a minute, even the thickest ice is melted right off the car- it melts ice like fire.
Seats sit high with plenty of room for excellent viewpoint-like an SUV, but with a more controlled feel.
You can fit just about anything in the trunk (it is huge).
Excellent sound system.
Engine has a lot of get-up-and-go; CVT gives you instant power.
It gets great fuel economy- I have been getting 26 miles per gallon (50/50 city/highway driving combined.)
Don't worry if you aren't getting good mileage right away, mileage will increase drastically after the break-in period.
The Limited has driver info center that tells you all fluid levels- kinda nice so you don't have to get out and check fluids by hand. The info center also tells you your gas mileage and gives you a miles to empty reading.
Great ground clearance for a car.
Excellent feel on icy roads with AWD and traction control- I live on a long winding dirt road in Minnesota that doesn't get plowed during the winter and have had no problems getting through anything.
This car is a great deal. It has everything you could possibly need.
For a large car, this car has a small pricetag.
Ford has built a winner.