Road Trip Part IV, Best Road Trip Car Ever? - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: Road Trip Part IV, Best Road Trip Car Ever?

October 08, 2008

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With its black-on-black color scheme (no mini-cooper/FJ white roof for us!) some have complained that our 2009 Ford Flex Limited looks like a hearse. So I took it to one of New England's newest cemetery-- established in the 1720s-- for a better field of reference. Indeed, it does look a bit like a hearse. But the kind of cool hearse that you'd see on open drag nights with a tubbed rear, big block and skull shifter. Except that this has a V6, FWD and a six-speed auto.

While it may not be able to do a huge burnout, and it doesn't have those cool curtains hearses do, it is still the best road trip car available today.

Sure, at 42 grand it's not the cheapest. And averaging 25/26 mpg it's not the most efficient. But when you add up everything-- fridge, nav, DVD player, roominess, comfort-- there simply isn't a better car for driving 8,000 miles in a very short period of time in this price range.

You're driving cross-country and back with a girlfriend in tow, what would you take? (I won't accept any answer of R8, GT-R or any Ferrari-- you need to make it there and back without having anything replaced, that includes your ear drums, spine and eyeballs that have been shaken loose from your skull.)

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 6,320 miles

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