West Coast Run -- S.F. Fun - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: West Coast Run -- S.F. Fun

June 29, 2010

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I admit it -- when I'm in certain cities I'm a push-over for the touristy stuff. That means Empire State Building in New York, Diamond Head in Honolulu, and Lombard Street in San Francisco.

Plus it seemed particularly appropriate to test out our Long Term 2009 Ford Flex's namesake, given the crossover's long size and Lombard's tight curves. Would the Flex even fit?

Of course it did fit with nary a tire scar or unintentionally trimmed hedge. The car was actually quite easy to maneuver and park in San Francisco's notoriously tight quarters. Power wasn't an issue either, despite our long-term car pre-dating the Ecoboost engine option. Low-end torque was enough to power up the steepest S.F. grades, even from a dead stop.

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I did get an unplanned tire spin at one point after trying to go from brake pedal to gas pedal fast enough to avoid rolling back into the car behind us. The brakes where also up to the task in terms of feeling confident and capable, though the steering wheel would pulse if they heated up because of the warped rotors we've already reported.

And unlike so many crossovers today, with small or strangely-shaped greenhouses, the Ford Flex allows for a great view from any seat. That means the kiddies in back could see all the great city sights whenever we crested one of San Francisco's many hills and I took the chance to point out Alcatraz or the TransAmerica Pyramid.

BTW, did I mention that other tourist attraction in the S. F. area? Yup, I get a thrill driving over it, too.

Karl Brauer, Editor at Large @ 58,412 miles

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