The interior layout reminds a few of us of the upright environs of the Range Rover, with its pleasant mix of materials and blocky, volume-driven surfacing. Ford would not cover it, saying it was due to rock chips. A cooling fan on hot day. The seats perform all manner of Olympic-quality gymnastics. The features offered as standard equipment and as options on the 2009 Ford Flex are pretty astounding. The influence of the Land Rover Range Rover is evident, too; the center stack of instruments and some gray plastics look like those on the Range Rover. Gas mileage is alright with an average of 20 in city and 24 on highway but honestly it should be higher I think.
It turns heads, looks great, and gets supurb gas mileage for what it is. Ford speaks of a leather interior. Ride is supple and controlled with minimal lean or fuss in turns, but the long wheelbase and mass are natural deterrents to any boy-racer inclinations. The 2009 Ford Flex, with its slab-sided styling, is unlike any crossover vehicle on the market, not to mention any Ford of recent vintage. Long drives are a pleasure, the seats are great.
They want something more distinctive and stylish than Taurus X. Flex may at heart be a functional people and cargo-carrier, but it's certainly not shy when it comes to exterior design. For families who need a large vehicle, the Ford Flex offers everything you would want in the way of a satisfying and rewarding vehicle to own and drive. . Liked the cool styling right away but waited till January to get a used 2010 with 17000 miles.
Seamless is the word that comes to mind. However, not everyone will like its stand-out styling, and some testers noted that the Flex might feel a bit underpowered. The 2009 Ford Flex only comes with one engine: a 3. The overall box shape suggests interior room and maximum space utilization. My wife and I nearly fight to see who gets to drive. The seats themselves show that Ford is picking up lessons from Volvo, which has the best seats on the planet. On opening a door and seeing the Flex interior for the first time, the impression is rich and inviting.
In truth, exactly no one will mistake the Flex for its siblings, mostly because it resembles a starter kit for a billboard company. Primary Use: Family transportation Great All Around Vehicle And Better Than Minivan. Another interesting second-row touch is a pair of wedged footrests that Velcro to the carpeted floor and add to overall comfort. We are looking forward to driving this vehicle for many years to come! Reviewers did note a few areas for improvement, however. Interior The Flex exterior is a mere warm-up for what's inside. In a combination of city and highway driving, and driven as a station wagon might normally be driven, we observed averages in the 20-23 mpg range. Handling is surprisingly adept for such a large vehicle, and the Flex's ride quality shows what a well-tuned conventional set of shocks and control arms can do, instead of an expensive, fancy air suspension.
Believe it or not, it's also been four years since Mercedes-Benz's 2. Those with longer memories might think of it as a modern version of Ford's venerable wood-sided Country Squire, with Taurus X being a slightly lower-level Country Sedan. We were hoping it would feel like a station wagon or a good minivan—a Honda Odyssey, for instance. Audio quality through the system developed by Sony is excellent. Edmunds adds that a 2010 Ford Flex will include a twin-turbo version of the engine, with about 340 hp. It is a quiet smooth ride to the point that I got a speeding ticket my first day out because there was no wind noise when accelerating. But the driving position is compromised, the turning circle is wide, and the engine is not particularly smooth.
Had Ford's big, boxy crossover hit the market under its internal code-name Hamptons or the name worn by the concept version at the 2005 Detroit show Fairlane , it would've come equipped with all manner of notional baggage as to what it should or shouldn't be. The six-speed transmission is superb. I had to watch my speedometer for the first time ever, this also means we could hear conversations and entertainment with ease. The engine is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. Some colors red, for instance are hard to see in certain lighting conditions.
At launch, no amount of brake torquing will induce so much as a chirp from the 19-inch Hankooks. Of course, those needing more room or better access can easily fold third-row seats to suit. Side body panels are vertical; side glass is nearly vertical. Both supporters and detractors agree Flex gets looks and has an overall presence beyond what most would expect from a Ford. The second-row chairs are seats of honor, with high seating positions and lots of adjustable legroom. In its vast, airy cabin, the 2009 Ford Flex offers seating for seven. A signature three-bar Ford grille in a muted silver finish extends across the front.
The visual impression is more Lincoln than Ford. Which, after all, is precisely the point of vehicles like this. Adults can reasonably hang on for 30 minutes or so. That seems like an oversight in a segment this competitive. Currently the Ford Flex has a score of 8. On sunny days, the third row can quickly become hot and stuffy. It make more squealing and squeaking noises than a pod of whales singing their hearts out.