And really, if there are any real shift problems with the Powershift, it would be nothing more than a software upgrade from Ford. The design of the tranny itself isn't entirely new so mechanically, it should be fine.Thanks for all the input, some very good points made.
My brother who does drive a Freestyle with the CVT (and likes it), is concerned about the way Powershift performed. Hopefully it being a pre-production car was the reason for the bad set-up and experience.
I'll have to pay more attention to both Motor Trend and CNET for automotive reviews. I've used CNET for electronics research and bought equipment partly based on their ratings but hadn't even known they reviewed cars until Marc included their link in this thread.Thats because in the past couple years Motor Trend alone has been hiring smarter people who don't praise Rice all day as a God Send to Automotives and leave NA Makers out in the cold weather. CNET has always been intelligent in their reviews of everything from Cars to Electronics. I used to hate Motor Trend but I've started to like it once again.