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Ford Territory RWD 2005 review

But one week with the Ford Territory RWD and I am converted. AWDs are overrated. Give me two wheels any day.

For the modern city girl, about the closest you get to off-road driving is discovering you have just hit a speed bump.

And that, in a nutshell, is why 4WD capabilities are an optional extra in my book. The Territory is the most surprising car I have ever driven. It has all the space and comfort of a big 4WD but looks and drives like a family wagon, albeit on steroids.

2005 Ford Territory

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With credentials like News Limited's Star Car award and Wheels Magazine's Car of the Year, stepping into the Territory was a bit like watching a best picture Oscar movie. Will it live up to the hype?

The short answer is yes. It just fitted, like a glove. From the moment I sat in the driver's seat, I felt comfortable. And it was roomy, surprisingly roomy.

It doesn't look that big from the outside but inside there is a bag of tricks.

While rummaging for the expected seat adjustments, I found a lockable under-seat security drawer. It was there I also discovered the seat adjustment has gone hi-tech and is electronic.

I felt on top of the world, perched high above the rest of the traffic, but surprisingly the back-seat drivers were sitting even slightly higher. Apparently it's designed so everyone can see and enjoy the ride.

There was plenty of head room, which has never been a problem for me, but richer-in-height passengers would appreciate the design. The Territory also has the option for a seven-seater, so even the bigger families can enjoy the comforts of this beautiful car.

But by far the greatest invention for women drivers like me is the rear bumper warning sensors. Can you believe cars can come with warning sounds that alert you to being too close to an object – whether its a car or a fence? Brilliant.

But that's the Territory for you. A great package with surprises around every corner.

Pricing guides

$6,490
Based on 130 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$1,500
Highest Price
$12,999

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Ghia (4x4) 4.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $3,500 – 5,610 2005 Ford Territory 2005 Ghia (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Ghia (RWD) 4.0L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $2,700 – 4,620 2005 Ford Territory 2005 Ghia (RWD) Pricing and Specs
TS (4X4) 4.0L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $2,800 – 4,840 2005 Ford Territory 2005 TS (4X4) Pricing and Specs
TS (rwd) 4.0L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $2,600 – 4,510 2005 Ford Territory 2005 TS (rwd) Pricing and Specs
Pricing Guide

$1,500

Lowest price, based on 126 car listings in the last 6 months

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