2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: Mount Whitney Road Trip - Day Two

September 09, 2010

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Sometimes, it's the small things. This morning, climbing up to the South Lake Trailhead, north of Bishop, I happened to glance at the nav screen on the 2009 Ford Flex Limited and saw it was 30 degrees. I had no idea it was going to be so cold. As we continued to climb to 9,800 feet, we saw the temperature rise and fall. At the parking lot I took this picture with the temperature at 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

I know it isn't exactly high tech, and many cars these days show an exterior temperature reading. But it helped to be psychologically prepared to step out into near-freezing temperatures. I left the motor running while we ran around to the back and got out our boots and jackets. It's also interesting to see how the navigation system was trying hard to predict what the next street would be. Accurately, it found none. And that was the whole point.

I shot this picture because I saw the mountains behind me reflected in the windows of the Flex. They were just beginning to catch the sun . . . and bring a little warmth to the day. The other picture is of Long Lake, elevation 10,800 feet, a favorite with fishermen.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 68,080 miles

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Long Lake

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