ROAD TRIP! - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: ROAD TRIP!

September 26, 2008


There's nothing quite as American as the road trip. Nothing. Not apple pie. Not baseball. Hell, compared to the road trip even mom looks like a flag-burning communist. And in terms of road trips, this is a good one.


South Bay to Back Bay -- 3,024 miles-- in the 2009 Ford Flex for my college roommate's wedding. The Flex's excellent nav system, iPod integration, comfy (heated) seats, refrigerator, TV and smooth ride made it my first choice.

I grew up in the age of cheap flights and terrible cars. Planes are faster, easier and probably cheaper-- they're also statistically safer. But there's no adventure. No commitment. Even on a long flight the biggest challenge is paying for the on-board snacks. Committing to 6,000 miles of asphalt requires one to abandon all rational thought of the task at hand and just go. It's an adventure. And hopefully it's an adventure that hasn't died in the wake of gas prices and the global warming scare.

Follow along as I blog what will probably turn out to be the worst idea I've ever had. I'll also be Twittering the trip for those times when WiFi isn't available-- or I'm just too tired to bother with more than 140 characters.

Wish me luck.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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