• Murray Posted: 8/5/2008 8:13pm PDT

    We just bought our first Ford Flex and are looking at our second in just a few months. Reading all of the reviews and driving the vehicle one just MUST fall in love with it. What's not to love? It is AWD with predictive braking against skids and rollovers. It is super safe 5 star. It has a roomy interior and loads of cargo space and can haul something in the order of 4500 pounds of trailer, plenty for us. The entertainment system and SYNC is about the best on the market... hey, I can take my iPod or laptop out to the car and put 2000+ songs onto the built in memory; or I can just Bluetooth whatever I want into the system including my cellphone. High intensity headlights and foglamps? Great for Canadian winters. Inside noise? Much much more quiet than our Freestars. The list goes on and on. The only thing I don't like is those darned ribs along the side and the aluminum rear panel... which I think is going to be prone to dents and scratches but I could be wront. It had 19" wheels.. equals a smoother ride in conjunction with a tuned suspension - just amazing. All the bells and whistles, carries 7 with luggage (minimal). All this on a Volvo chassis - tough as nails. We looked at most everything on the market before choosing. And if you haven't bought one yet, better have a look. The intro price is not going to last long once the fever hits. I think Ford has a hit on their hands. Maybe.

  • Nicole Posted: 7/8/2008 6:50am PDT

    I have test driven the Flex, and let me speak for all the mom's that are out there who don't like mini vans, and who have owned a gas hog in the past. This crossover is a winner. The features that the Flex has well surpass any mini van and suv. I am so sick of hearing about Gas miles on this crossover. It's a seven passenger crossover people, I personally think it's 17 city/24 highway, is good for the size. I have two Ford Five Hundred's and they get 22 city/28 highway. These cars are not little either they are the biggest full size cars out there. Some of us out there need a 7 passenger vehicle and are wanting a lot of luxury a decent price. We can't fit 6 people in a focus nor a escape. This crossover is a perfect fit to any family.

  • wkile Posted: 6/16/2008 9:32am PDT

    JKD you mention that "The square look is all the rage but in cars two times smaller and targetting buyers who are twice younger....." Well the boxes that you are refering to the Scion xB and the Element, actually have a median age that is a lot higher than you think. I know that the Element has a median age of the buyer around 47. The xB might be a bit lower, but I see a lot of 40-something's driving them around. I think this could work for Ford. And I have to admit, I like the Flex, based on everything that I have read. Good luck FoMoCo!

  • JKD Posted: 6/13/2008 11:53am PDT

    mar - Let's hope the bet works out for Ford... The two key features that vans have are the sliding doors and a slightly better fuel economy than the crossovers. They ususally have more room too but I haven't compared the specs in this case. Those things are very important. Van sales are on the decline - if Ford can reverse this trend and/or make up sales that Taurus X is losing dramatically then it'd be great. The square look is all the rage but in cars two times smaller and targetting buyers who are twice younger than a typical fairly conservative van buyer. What are the chances of this bet working out for Ford? Probably less than in Vegas. I'd bet on the world-class Focus instead.

  • Ryan Posted: 6/13/2008 11:26am PDT

    Flex is an amazing design and all reviews are saying the vehicle is well built and nicely packaged. Yes, there is a resemblance to Scion, Land Rover, Element, etc. Yes, this might be a tough sell with low mpg numbers. But, Ford got this right and my prediction is that the vehicle will result in a high number of conquest sales. Living in MI we see lots of pre-production cars and the Flex looks even better on the road than in pictures. Ford still has plenty of work ahead and the Flex is a great addition to the fleet.

  • Tom L Posted: 6/13/2008 10:15am PDT

    I used to think that Ford's "me to" strategy for minivans could be solved functionally by going either significantly smaller like the Mazda5 or to make a product significantly larger that the Caravan & Pilot and try to capture a niche.

  • mar Posted: 6/12/2008 11:19pm PDT

    seano, u and a bunch of others just dont get it, but thats ok... Flex is a crossover that does everything a minivan would do, except, and here's the part you dont get, it doesnt look like a minivan, or anything else on the road for that matter. Its brilliant! How do you stand out in a sea of look-a-likes? Look different. And Ford is obviously betting theres a bunch of people out there who need the space and seating of a minivan or crossover but want to look different than everything else on the road. From a marketing standpoint it's brilliant!

  • Seano Posted: 6/12/2008 9:41pm PDT

    I'm still trying to come to terms with a car that looks like the mongrel child of a Range Rover and a four door Mini. And we accuse the Chinese of 'stealing' with respect to car design????

  • JKD Posted: 6/12/2008 7:27pm PDT

    Does Ford really need this car? Shouldn't they focus on the Focus for example? Or produce more Escape hybrids for the willing public? Tauruses have suffered and will probably be going extinct soon - how is this vehicle going to change things and help Ford exactly? I just don't see people rushing to buy this high teen city MPG car the way they would five years ago. Too late Ford, back to the drawing board.