2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test


2009 Ford Flex Limited: The Happiest Place on Earth

January 28, 2010

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I had the Ford Flex throughout the deluge last week, and here's the reason. We had house-guests who flew from Portland to escape the rain and snow. D'oh! The plan was set in concrete with fly-or-die plane tickets so we were going to Disneyland come heck or high water. The good news is the Flex proved the perfect 6-passenger vehicle, once again, and even better, the Happiest Place on Earth proved to be the Emptiest (and Soggiest) Place on Earth.

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Okay, here's the actual shot of six aboard the Flex, but after the storm had passed. Of course, those smiling faces were caused by the incredible amount of leg room, shoulder room, luggage space, and 5 sunroofs the Flex affords and have nothing to do with Southern California sunshine. The girls were too busy eating goldfish and pretzels to comment.

Ironically, the guy in the green shirt, Mark, is the go-to guy for anything related to microcars for the entire North-West region of the U.S. and he's hosted all the Great Pacific Northwest Microcar shows since 2004. Here's a link to the Vintage Microcar Club, and here's a link to an article on his Subaru 360 complete with flames. Needless to say, he was utterly disoriented by the scale of the 2009 Ford Flex. 'I bet I could haul my Messerschmitt back here,' he said, and I bet he could.

Here are a few shots from Disneyland. It was so empty we literally walked up to rides and sat down without a wait. In fact, we just stayed in our seats and rode again a couple times because there was no line of people waiting to take our seats. That (almost) never happens.

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'It's not that bad, just a little drizzle...'

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'Hey, it's starting to clear...'

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'Quick, get inside Mini's house...'

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...and finally, the rain relented. Does anybody else think a shot of a snow-capped Matterhorn at sunset with a silhouetted palm tree is three kinds of awesome at the same time?

Of course, we stayed until the girls had come down from their first-ever cotton-candy sugar highs which happened to coincide with the park closing (early) at 8:00 pm.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 45,534 miles

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