Volvo or Ford Freestyle

safety
volvo
ford
maintenance
freestyle
s70

#1

Recently my Volvo S70 was totaled. Only very minor injuries for a front and back seat passenger. The car did its job and protected us.



Now in the market for a new vechicle. Considering the Ford Freestyle 2007. The crash tests seem to be equal. A friend said that the Volvo would be safer because it has a steal cage.



The maintenance for the S70 was brutal. I would like lower maintenance bills and hope for this with the Freestyle.



However, safety for me and occupants is my primary concern. Money is an issue.



Please advise.


#2

Go here to see about SUV safety. This is the most recent data. Your insurer has more recent information; they and all the other insurers contributed to this set of charts.

http://www.iihs.org/research/hldi/composite_cls.aspx?cls=8


#3

The Freestyle is based on the 500, which is based on a Volvo sedan. So essentially you’re buying a cheaper Volvo, with cheaper maintenance. Go for the Freestyle.

By the way, almost every car these days has a steel cage of some sort. But the Volvo is the only one with a ‘steal’ cage. Is it made especially easy for thieves to get?