2009 Ford Flex Limited: My Biggest Gripe is Solved for 2010
September 23, 2009
You've heard me rail constantly about the fixed and faraway position of our 2009 Ford Flex's steering wheel. My long legs want me to slide the seat back and stretch out a bit, but then the steering wheel is simply too far away.
So I usually split the difference by sliding the the seat forward a little bit and hunching forward a little bit. I've managed to get through two 2,000-mile road trips like this without the need for chiropractic assistance, but I'm never able to ignore this uncomfortable compromise.
But the 2010 Ford Flex gets relief in the form of a telescopic steering wheel. But how much does it telescope, and does it go the right way?
This is a 2010 Ford Flex (it's an SEL, as evidenced by the lack of a 'wood' insert) with the new telescopic steering wheel pushed in all the way. The rim sits in approximately the same position as the 2009 photo above. The measurement to the rim centerline looks to be about 4 3/4 inches in both cases, but it's far more helpful to refer to the 4 1/2-inch point when you compare this shot to the next one.
Here I've pulled the wheel all the way out, and the same point is now 6 inches out from the dash.
So the span of adjustment is 1.5-inches, and all of it is available for tall drivers like me to pull the wheel closer when we've slid the seat back to make our legs comfortable.
Don't want it closer? Are you of below average stature and want to push the wheel further away? You're already handled because the Flex has always provided the option of power adjustable pedals that allow you to scoot the seat back and then pull the pedals back to meet your feet.
By finally offering both a telescopic wheel and power-adjustable pedals, everyone should be able to get comfy behind the wheel of a 2010 Flex.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 34,212 miles