Tired - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: Tired

June 03, 2009

How many wheels/tires do you think you could fit in a 2009 Ford Flex given these limitations:

-No tire may be higher than the headrests.

-Must be room for two persons.

-Must be room for two carry-on bags, a 3 1/2 ton floor jack and a few doze cones.

-Must be stable for > 1,000 miles.

Follow the jump for the answer. (And some pictures!)

So, how many tires did you think would fit?

Did I hear someone say 12? Correct!

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See, the trouble is that the tires we needed to haul were too wide to sit two across in the rear cargo area. It was possible (as seen above) to do so over the rear seats, but doing so required them to sit on top of the fridge hump.

The rear had to be arranged like this: three stacked vertically, two horizontal and one sort of crooked using the jack for stability. There's six. There is not enough depth left in front of the stacked tires to place more vertically or horizontally.

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Second row seats went like this: two stacked on each seat, one in each footwell. There's another six.

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And here's the D-side

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The Flex and I did a hair over 1,000 miles like this without breaking a sweat or my neck with a flying tire. A minivan would've been better, but I wouldn't have been as happy.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 25,240 miles

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