2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex vs. 2009 Mazda CX-9: The Wife Test

July 19, 2010


Recently my wife parked her year old Mazda CX-9 and spent a few days driving our long-term 2009 Ford Flex. It was my idea. I wanted to find out which three-row crossover she preferred.

After three days in the Flex, my wife's review was short and sweet. "I'll keep my Mazda," she said. "That Flex feels like a boat."

When I asked her what she meant by that she said, "It's all floaty and the brakes don't feel as good as the Mazda's. I feel more in control of the vehicle when I drive my car."

Wow, what a woman. She could not be more right. Fact is, her sportier Mazda is more firmly sprung than the Flex and it certainly feels more secure and smaller on the road. The Mazda also has a firmer brake pedal than the Flex and its brakes reward the driver with more immediate bite.

Maybe next week I'll have her review the Viper.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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