We were searching for some very specific features on our new vehicle. The Flex was not something we had considered until we checked it out - it had everything we were looking for plus much, much more. We have only had it for a few days, but everything about the car is over the top. Great creature comforts, great ride and really a great looking vehicle.
Many of us find different things in cars, from gearheads who love torque and displacement to the soccer parents who love easy in and easy out movement of carloads of kids. The bottom line is that what makes car good will vary from person to person. With that in mind, my review is from the perspective of someone who broke away from the typical SUV to get a really fun station wagon. It sounds so juvenile to recommend a car because it's fun, but that is exactly the feature Ford has bottled successfully with the Flex. It has a great interior with pretty much any amenity you could imagine. The console has options to download music from CDs into Jukebox, to connect mp3 players wirelessly, to play the radio, or to just enjoy the sound of a CD you pop in. I joke with my family that my Flex is really my four-wheeled ipod. The navigation system is great, and far more helpful than the ones we've had in other cars. Sync allows you to talk to the nav system while in motion, which has proven highly beneficial on a few trips. It's a user friendly system that quickly goes from intimidating at first glance to a tool I'm not sure I could do without. The seats are comfortable and the interior is spacious. My 6'7" friend sits comfortably in both the front seats and the middle seats. The car has plenty of get-up-and-go for my style, but I'm not one to try to beat the car next to me off the line. It handles really well while having feel of a large car. The sight lines are great. I was worried coming down from a higher perspective afforded by my previous SUV, but I see better out of the Flex than I did before. I appreciate the gas mileage, which is better than I ever expected from a station wagon. On a couple of occasions I've had all six seats filled, and to my surprise it handled well and people had their space. I've hauled 34 50-pound boxes on a 400-mile trek, and the car performed great, even up a steep 4000-ft elevation change. If I have any complaint about the Flex it's the somewhat flimsy feel of the trim. You can tell it's cheap in some places. I had troubled when my Jukebox option got stuck on a track it couldn't process, and that wreaked havoc on the entire system for a few weeks. That's been the only issue to date. If you're looking for that joy of driving feel you got when you first got your license, this car might just bring it back.
We purchased our Ford Flex about two months agao and could NOT be happier. It's an incredibly smooth ride with an amazing amount of space, and for the price, you can't beat it. My wife and I were adament about not owning a minivan, and this was a fantastic solution for us. The cargo space in the back is more than ample, and the room in the interior is very comfortable. I'm 6'2, and I'm as comfortable driving this as I am in my full size pickup truck. My wife is 5'3 and can handle the size of this vehicle with complete ease with just a few minor adjustments to the seat. They Sync system is an amazing piece of technology and we've just begin to use it to its full potential. Oh, and in a period of rising gas prices, we've consistently achieved between 19-22 MPG. Coming from a Highlander with a very small engine that achieved similar results, we are please to have the extra horsepower while not sacrificing efficiency. We would recommend this vehicle to everyone and having now driven our Flex for 2 months, we couldn't be happier.