2009 Ford Flex: Transporting Billy

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex: Transporting Billy

April 16, 2009

Oh Billy! Transporting Ikea furniture in the Ford Flex

My DVD collection has grown too plentiful for its present home, so a journey to Ikea was in order to add a second, identical storage cabinet. For those of you who've never been to Ikea, it's important to know that they give everything they sell funny Scandinavian names. That loveseat with the flowers over there is Bjorn; that four-drawer chest is Kviby. So you now know what I mean when I say, the original 6-foot-5 Billy I bought nearly two years ago barely fit in our old long-term Cadillac SRX. I obviously had to flip all the seats down and both boxes (the frame and glass door) were resting on the center console armrest. Not ideal.

For the new Billy, I brought along a much better companion -- our long-term Flex. I folded down the second-row seat backs, flip-folded the third row and easily slid both in. Also, the front seats were pushed almost entirely rearward. Despite the picture, I could have stacked both on top of each other and still had room for four passengers and some more Ikea stuff in the trunk well behind the raised third row. Plus, there was a perfectly sized cubby for a pair of extra glass Billy shelves.

If you're wondering how Billy would fit in other big vehicles -- say a Buick Enclave and a Honda Odyssey -- you're in luck. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait a few weeks for an Edmunds comparison test. What a tease.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 21,410 miles

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