Conestoga Wagon With Tinted Windows - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: Conestoga Wagon With Tinted Windows

April 27, 2009

2009 ford flex as conestoga posing with wagon wheel

This weekend, our long-term Ford Flex made a trip to some family-owned desert property just past Willow Springs Raceway, the last 6 miles of which were on well-kept dirt roads with only a few relatively minor ruts. The Flex performed like a champ. The ride was a bit bumpy, sure, but it wasn't intolerable, and with the air conditioning on recirculate while we trailed the lead car to our final stop, the desert dust stayed where we wanted it (on the outside, seen above). Despite strong, gusty winds at times on the drive out there, the Flex felt quite steady and planted, unlike a crossover with a higher profile might feel.

I used to think that the Flex was too funky-looking, too big, too hard to drive. But I've gotten used to its size. It's visibility is actually better than most crossovers thanks to the giant greenhouse, and the funky styling had grown on me. Child safety seats are easy to install, too. I think I've finally been won over by this giant wagon with the men's lounge-style interior, pardner.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, @ 22,267 miles

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