Good carpool vehicle, as long as you've extra $ to throw at upkeep
Rear suspension (active air bag) was continually being deactivated, making the back of the car sag. $1000-$1500 per incident to fix.
Electric trunk lid latch motor failed 3x - $500 per incident to fix.
O2 sensor failed at 55000 miles. $600 repair cost at Ford dealer.
Water pump went out at 68000 miles - I repaired this myself for ~$100 in parts, plus 2 hours of time.
VERY comfortable to drive, handled well for a largish sedan. Did not wallow in turns when driven hard. Variable-assist steering made lane changes in slow/stopped traffic effortless. Good acceleration and braking, not in sport-sedan territory, but still decent for a 'luxury' sedan. Easy to park, and had a very classy look. Trunk had lots of space.
Mileage was not that great - ~18-22 mpg (car was driven mostly in 'rush hour' traffic).
Leather seats were slick, and hot in summer. Cloth seats would be better.
"Memory" settings for seats, steering wheel, and mirrors a big plus. I set one setting all the way back and up for ease of ingress/egress, and another setting for optimal driving position.
Factory stereo sounded underpowered and weak. I replaced with a Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 head end and 6 Polk Audio speakers, which really helped.
An excellent carpool car, seated 5 adults plus "office" luggage comfortably.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th October, 2010