2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: Another Rough Day At The Office

May 20, 2009


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I mean, seriously. The lengths we go to for our readers' entertainment. But hey, that's what we're here for. If we have to drive all the way to El Mirage to do donuts in the Flex on a lawless dry lake bed, then by OIdham, that's what we're gonna do.

Donut artist Magrath reports that the Flex's always-on stability control system made his job rather difficult, requiring spastic stabs at the throttle to stay a step ahead of the computer. Not surprisingly, the parking-brake pedal proved entirely unhelpful (come on, no handbrake in a six-passenger minibus?!).

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Alas, there would be no successful top-speed run this time, thanks to the Flex's anemic acceleration above 85 mph and an abundance of dilapidated Winnebagos randomly driving around. I did however snap a revealing picture (right) of Magrath's high-speed driving posture -- no wonder he's not bothered by those demonic headrests.

Josh Sadlier (text, photos) and Mark Takahashi (animation) @ 23,250 miles

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