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2009 Ford Flex Review

Distinctive People Hauler

A three-quarter front view of a 2009 Ford Flex

In short: An innovatively styled luxury crossover.

The designers of the Ford Flex have taken some huge risks. The highly customizable crossover exhibits a distinctively rectangular shape that people either love or hate. Inside the boxy body accented by side grooves is ample room for seven people. Second row passengers can sip cold drinks from a refrigerated console that sits between their captain’s chairs, or share a split bench. The pair of seats in the third row, which are higher than the second row for ease of view, can be folded flat for cargo space, or even turned to face backwards for tailgate parties.

The two-toned roof can also be customized with glass to allow sky views for all of the passengers. The driver even has a choice of seven colors for the light-emitting diodes that accent the interior, which can be changed to suit his or her mood. Other options include SYNC, the Microsoft voice-activated vehicle communications and entertainment system, a voice-activated navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link, a Sony audio system with ten speakers, and a reverse camera system. There is no choice for the engine, a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 with 262 horses and a six-speed transmission that shifts smoothly.

The summer of 2009 release also features the EasyFuel™ capless fuel filler, which replaces the fuel cap and helps provide a seal to reduce smog-forming vapors. But in this age of skyrocketing gas prices, this unique vehicle will have to buck the current trend towards smaller, more economical cars. Ford is hoping that its head-turning, atypical, anything-but-sleek look will help it to Flex its sales muscles and pump up profits.

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Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; five-year/60,000-mile safety restraint system warranty; five-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty; five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance program.

Base Price: $28,295

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.5-liter V6 Duratec 35
Horsepower: 262 hp @ 6,250 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic overdrive

Curb weight: 4,468 lbs
Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 201.8/88.8/68 in
Turning circle: 40.7 ft

Brakes: all-wheel disc with ABS and brake assist
independent, MacPherson struts with rear-facing lower L-arms in front; multi-link, fully independent with fully isolated subframe and stabilizer bar in rear

Traction: Roll Stability Control (RSC)

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Likes: unique styling, second row captain's chairs, customization options

Dislikes: unique styling, no engine options

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