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“a refrigerator will be offered”
“No telescoping steering wheel”
“Ambient lighting will continue its sweep through the Ford family”
The 2009 Ford Flex outfits its passenger cabin with a glorious amount of electronic and commonsense features that are meant to set it miles apart from the current crop of crossovers.
Just in terms of electronics, Ford offers its SYNC system, which uses voice activation to command MP3 players, cell phones, and an optional navigation system; Sirius Satellite Radio with optional Travel Link services that provide traffic, weather, and other information on the go; Sony audio systems with 700 watts of power and surround sound; and a rearview camera for safety and visibility.
“In six-passenger versions,” Automobile reports, “a refrigerator will be offered between the second row captain's chairs. Driven by a compressor, it will cool seven 12-ounce cans or two 20-ounce bottles to forty-one degrees. Ford's capless fuel filler system will find its way down to the Flex, too, and ambient lighting will continue its sweep through the Ford family.”
Other key features will be the optional four-panel Vista Roof, and a hidden keyless entry pad that responds to a swipe of a finger like the Apple iPhone. “My only complaint thus far?” Edmunds says. “No telescoping steering wheel. That seems like an oversight in a segment this competitive.”
Edmunds also points out that with a base price of $28,995 before destination charges, the 2009 Ford Flex will be “more expensive than a 2008 Honda Pilot, about $1,000 cheaper than a base-level GMC Acadia and a bit more than a decently equipped Dodge Grand Caravan SXT minivan.” Add to this the all-wheel-drive system, voice-activated navigation, second-row captain's chairs, SYNC, upgraded Sony-branded stereo, rearview camera, and the Vista Roof, and you'll find your Flex nearing the $40,000 mark.
TheCarConnection.com adds that all three versions of the 2009 Ford Flex offer ample standard features. The Flex SE includes an AM/FM/CD player, 18-inch wheels, and three-row seating. The Flex SEL adds on some chrome exterior trim, a Sony audio system, and Sirius Satellite Radio. The 2009 Ford Flex Limited piles on features like a 110V power outlet, high-intensity discharge headlamps, a power tailgate, and Ford’s SYNC entertainment system, which uses voice commands to control MP3 players and Bluetooth to control cell phones.
The 2009 Ford Flex will be one of the best-equipped vehicles on the road, with a laundry list of high-tech options.