POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 5:22pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 5:41pm
I know what you’re asking. Is that some sort of station wagon sport ute kind of a deal? Or is it just a Mini Cooper on steroids? Well, it’s neither one…it’s the Ford Flex.
So, now that it’s been around for a couple of years, what do you think? I guess my first impression is that at last, this is an honest car. Like the old, boxy Jeep Cherokee, it doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t. It is, well, it’s just a box folks, a four-wheeled, reasonably powered box. And that alright because what are boxes for? You put stuff in them.
And that is where the Flex and it’s basic honesty shine. You get three rows of seats standard, or an optional pair of chairs in the second row for that limo feel. Of course, no family hauler would be complete without 6 billion storage cubbies and cup holders. But the Flex also boasts an available rear seat electric refrigerator, for crying out loud.
A sunroof only slightly smaller than Winona is an option, and the interior is a really classy place to park your carcass. A rear view camera and voice activated navigation adds to the techno bragging rights for Flex owners.
Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 cranking out 287 horsepower. The EcoBoost version, wherein the humble V6 gets some turbocharged steroids, now produces 365 angry ponies. That will get you to 60 in 6.8 seconds versus 8.4 for the standard setup. Since the EcoBoost only comes in all-wheel-drive, mileage is only OK with 16 in the city, 22 on the highway. The standard engine and two-wheel-drive will improve those numbers a bit to 18/city, 25 highway.
The standard Flex starts just over $30-large, and the EcoBoost adds another 8-grand. Our SEL version came to $40,000. It’s an honest beast with a touch of class…well…for a rolling box.