No Ladder Necessary - 2009 Ford Flex Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex: No Ladder Necessary

July 07, 2010

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The average American woman is 5 feet 3 inches tall. The step-in height of the average SUV is 5 feet, 4 inches.

That first statistic is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I made up the second stat, quite honestly, but it feels accurate to me. In terms of height, I am the average American woman and getting into the average SUV nearly requires that I haul out a ladder for entry and a parachute for exit.

So that's why I like the Ford Flex (and yes, I know it's not an SUV, or a minivan. It's sui generis, and I like it).

I drove it to Seal Beach to meet a friend for dinner, and it was very nice to step into a vehicle that big without an alley-oop, and leave it without a geronimo.

Inside, of course, the Flex is like somebody's condo, what with refrigerator, entertainment system and storage unit. And I do agree with our managing editor, Donna DeRosa, on this point: Retrieving something from the floor of the Flex's second row nearly requires a Folding Helping Hand Long-Reach Pick-Up Gripper.

But that's a minor shortcoming. Pun intended.

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